If you want to add something extra to the traditional formula, consider incorporating sage smudging into your ceremony. This tradition is all about getting rid of the bad vibes and replacing them with positive energy. It can be used to cleanse auras, homes and even relationships (making it perfect for weddings). The ritual can be worked into both religious and secular ceremonies, so you can take part no matter what your faith.
So, what exactly is a sage smudging ceremony?
Smudging is a purification ritual that is tied to many indigenous cultures. While this type of ceremony isn’t reserved exclusively for weddings, it has found its way into many. It uses a smoldering bundle of sage, an herb which is thought to have to cleansing properties, to purge negative energy, allowing the couple to start this new phase in their relationship on the right foot.
Sage ceremonies are not costly endeavours. In fact, you’ll only need a few things to make yours a reality; a bundle of sage, something to light it and a bowl or vessel to put the sage while it burns. Many places sell smudging kits so you can buy everything you need at once.
The sage ceremony can take place at any point in your wedding, though it is typically performed before the vows are said. Your celebrant, commissioner, justice of the peace or officiant will give your guests the lowdown on the ceremony, then begin burning the sage. They will typically wave it around the couple from their heads to their feet. You may also want to choose an intention, affirmation or prayer to guide the cleanse to make it even more meaningful.
When your sage has finished burning, the ritual will wrap and you’ll be ready to move on with your wedding day. Remember, smudging isn’t reserved for weddings, you can use it to purify people or places at anytime. Many couples incorporate it into vow renewal ceremonies, too.