Looking for something different and unique to symbolize the joining of two lives into one on this special day? Here’s a “green” version of a unity ceremony – the tree planting ceremony.
Set up at the altar to include potted tree, two small buckets of dirt, two gardening trowels and a small watering can. Dirt can be collected from a favorite place the couple shares a memory at or their parent’s houses.
If you choose to involve your parents or children in the ceremony, you could have small jars of dirt for each person to contribute to the planting of the tree. The couple can then follow this up with adding the remainder of the dirt to the large potted tree and water the plant together.
For one couple who had a backyard ceremony, they transplant the tree at the newlywed’s home to symbolize putting down roots and longevity and strength within this marriage!
There’s more than one way to perform a wedding tree planting ceremony. The couple can start with a sapling with a root ball and actually plant it in a pot or in the ground. Brides and grooms can also plant the tree symbolically, starting with an already-planted sapling and adding soil to its container. Or a couple might simply simultaneously water a little tree that’s been previously potted.
No matter what way you choose, it’s a great way to have a “keepsake” from your marriage ceremony that will last a lifetime!
Some couples opt to give tree favors to their guest. You could also add name tags and double these as escort cards. One issue with this is that not everyone has the means to replant these, so if you choose to go this route you should find a venue that supports your goal.
At Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, couples can opt to have a brief presentation of aspen saplings accompanied by a description of how the trees support and rely upon each other as they grow together. The bride and groom each add a scoop of earth during the ceremony to a container holding the trees, which are later planted on the Della Terra property, which is surrounded by the Rocky Mountain National Park.
There is this awesome non-profit organization, Arbor Day Foundation. They are dedicated to planting, re-planting and educating the world of the great importance of trees. They have real tree wedding favors. You can give trees to your guests as a special reminder of your big day or plant 10 trees in their honor.