Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
When “L” and I decided that we were going to have a small ceremony performed in our backyard, we thought it would be a great idea to incorporate a tree planting into the ceremony. With our love of gardening, and the environment, it seemed like the perfect way to symbolize our coming together as a married couple.
I searched all over the internet and within wedding books at the store. I was surprised how little I was able to find on tree planting ceremonies (well, at least that didn’t specifically pertain to Arbor Day). Finally I was able to find a couple different examples and we were able to take pieces of those and fill in the rest in order to create our own.
The next step was choosing a tree. We had an idea that we wanted to have something that produced fruit since the tree could then eventually tie into our love of cooking. We finally decided on the fig tree after looking at garden centers and nurseries. Figs have a history of growing well in this part of Texas, and we loved the idea of being able to discover ways to utilize the fruits of our wedding tree. The fates smiled even greater on us when our dear friend (who also was the officiant of our wedding) offered to give us her fig tree so it could have a good home!
Below is a copy of the ceremony that we used. We are so happy that we decided to include this as part of our wedding. Having the tree in the backyard is a constant reminder of the love that we share for one another and the future that will come as both the tree, and our relationship grows.
Tree Planting Ceremony
Officiant: K and L 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 others family today.
–Walk over to tree area
Officiant: 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.
–L and K place tree in the dug hole and throw a shovel of dirt each into the hole.
Officiant: 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.
K and L, would you please water the tree?
–L and K water the tree together
Officiant: Remember to nourish each other, with words of encouragement, trust, and love. This is needed on a daily basis so you each can grow and reach your fullest potential – just like this tree.
Let us now walk back over to the alter to complete the rest of the ceremony.
–Everyone walk back over to the alter