Symbols Signifying Wedding
Wedding symbols are like candy galleries. There are umpteen variations and specific in each community. You could either choose the traditional ones, or come up with something new and symbolic. Each step in the entire ceremony could be deciphered through symbols and there are particular ones to denote every ritual.
In every community there is a list of religious symbols which are used for wedding and also as wedding invitation symbols. Apart from that; anything which has a pair can be referred to for the same. For example: a pair of doves, a wine bottle with a wine glass leaning on it, hands with mehendi on it, the holding hands of the bride and groom or their hands putting on the ring on to each other’s finger and so on.
Wedding symbols in terms of a particular community varies from that of the other. For example: when we talk about Catholic wedding symbols a pair of hearts, a pair of bells beautifully tied with a red ribbon, a pair of champagne saucers and so on are common.
The bride and groom in their pertinent white gown and black suit is a popular Christian wedding symbol. Other symbolic representations would be a pair of red roses; a sketch of a church in the background with a couple holding hands in the façade and other things of like nature.
As elaborate and traditional a wedding would be the number, meaning and essence of symbols would increase. In the Hindu community wedding is a grand affair and there are numerous rituals. As such Hindu wedding symbols at times seem to be infinite. The pictures of the popular deities in pairs like Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, a couple exchanging garlands, the adorned face of a bride, the sketches of ‘baarat’ and ‘doli’, two pieces of cloth tied in a knot are among the most popular symbols. There are certain signs which are equally significant such as the ‘swastik’, ‘om’, ‘rangoli’ and ‘darbar with shehenai’.
Talking about other communities, Chinese wedding symbols happen to be very fascinating. The Shuang Xi, dragon and phoenix are the most common symbols that are seen frequently in any Chinese wedding. That apart, the red colour is highly symbolic and is a compulsive inclusion in any form of celebration. Silk as a material or fabric is also very figurative.
Of all things wedding ring symbols, perhaps says it all. Whichever community you may represent, the eternal bond of marriage is best described by a pair of rings twined within. This is a popular choice especially when the bride and groom belong to different communities. Also, it works well for people who would rather go a formal and close-knit-family gathering.
I am sure with time there would be many more variations in this regard. But the representation of two loving hearts unifying into one does not need any explanation when any pair in the nature around us is used for the gesture.
Think about it…what would a card with two birds building a nest on it mean to you?
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