Engagement > Symbols
Sun & Moon
The sun is known as the ruler of the heart and the moon is known as the ruler of the head. The two combine to symbolize a balanced and happy life.
Truth and knowledge are revealed when a veil is lifted.
The introduction of the wedding veil stems from the time of the Crusades. In early weddings the bride was bargained for through her father; she was married wearing a veil and only revealed to her husband after the ceremony. Veils were used as a symbol of virginity and purity.
The vase is a symbol of treasure in the Kabbalah.
Traditionally, Navajo weddings include a special ceremonial basket to represent the union of two people destined to be together. Made of interwoven coils, the braided basket is said to symbolise the joining of soul mates for all eternity.
Sprigs of rosemary are often used in a bride's bouquet or hair wreath, as well as in the groom's boutonniere. After the ceremony the sprigs were planted in the garden of the new home for the couple's future daughters to use.
Wedding guests were also presented with a branch of rosemary as a symbol of love and loyalty.
Venus, the Roman goddess of love, carried a vial of precious nectar as she hurried off to see her lover Adonis. On her way, she carelessly stepped on a thorn and punctured her foot. Blood stained the thorny bush and nectar spilled on its leaves. Where blood and nectar mingled, a beautiful red rose appeared.
Goblet / Chalice
The Roman goddess Flora holds the chalice from which grace flows.
Japanese wedding ceremonies include the exchange of cups as a symbol of faithfulness.
In Muslim mystical writings, cups symbolise the heart as the most sensitive point in the soul.