The unity tree planting ceremony can be used to symbolize the joining together of two individuals or the joining of two families.
The ceremony is conducted in much the same way as other unity ceremonies. You set up a separate table, on which you will place a potted tree/sapling (something perhaps with special meaning to the couple).
You would also have two small buckets of dirt, two gardening trowels and a small watering can on the table. If you choose to have the ceremony symbolize the joining together of both family’s then upon the entrance of the mothers, each mother goes to the table and scoops in a small amount of dirt. Then they take their seats.
During a specific reading or song, the couple will each add the rest of dirt and water the plant together. After the ceremony, the couple should plant the tree in a special location to symbolize the putting down of roots, longevity and strengths in their marriage.
Bride__ and Groom___ will now take part in a Tree Planting Ceremony, to symbolize the roots of their relationship, and the continued growth of their love, as they become each other’s family today. Love is the essence of human experience and emotion. It is the root of all and everything we, as humans, do. Love richens our experience, and fills our lives with meaning. It gives us a firm base from which to grow, to learn, and change. Let your relationship and your love for each other be like this tree you plant today. Let it grow tall and strong. Let it stand tall during the harsh winds and rains and storms, and come through unscathed. Like a tree, your marriage must be resilient. It must weather the challenges of daily life and the passage of time. And just like the tree you are planting, marriage requires constant nurturing and nourishment. And just like the tree that they are planting, marriage requires constant nurturing and nourishment. As they provide the sun, soil, and water for this tree, they will provide the encouragement, trust, and love needed on a daily basis to consciously nurture and nourish their connection to each other
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