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Weddings: Symbolically Speaking

Symbols are used as representation of an invisible or intangible thing like an idea, virtue or feeling. Symbols can have more than one meaning depending on the interpretation of a particular culture or heritage.  Symbols date back to ancient times and are still commonly used today especially at weddings.  Most people know that the wedding ring symbolizes unending love or that the white wedding gown symbolizes purity but have you ever wondered about the meaning of some other popularly used symbols?

Here’s the significance behind a few trendy symbolic wedding themes you may consider for your wedding.

Massachusetts wedding themes: butterflies
Butterfly: In some cultures, butterflies symbolize a soul or the mind.  In other cultures, because of the metamorphosis a butterfly goes through, it is a symbol of rebirth.  It is this symbol of rebirth or new life which applies during a wedding ceremony.
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MA Wedding Themes: Calla Lilies
Calla Lily: The calla lily symbolizes beauty and its meaning comes from the Greek word for beauty, kallos. The white calla lily, commonly used for weddings, symbolizes purity of thought, an admirable trait for a newly married couple.
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MA Wedding Theme: Love Birds
Lovebirds: Lovebirds are affectionate and paired birds bond and spend a lot of time together.  The behavioral characteristics of lovebirds are essential qualities that make for a successful married relationship as well.
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MA wedding themes: Doves
Doves: Doves mate for life, remain true to their mates and both parents care for the young making them a symbol of love.  Doves appear symbolically in many religions and they are even sometimes released at Christian weddings.  Doves are a traditional Christian symbol of peace as well.
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MA wedding theme: Celtic
Celtic: There are some different Celtic symbols that are commonly used for weddings.  Popular among those of Irish heritage, the Claddagh ring is traditionally worn as a wedding band.  It has a heart held by two hands and a crown is shown on the top of the heart.  The heart is a symbol of love and the ring itself is a symbol of love, loyalty and friendship.  Celtic Knots are another symbol used at weddings because their interlacing lines stand for no beginning or end and the binding of two spirits. The Trinity Knot represents the three promises of a relationship such as to love, honor, and protect. 
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If there is a particular meaning or theme you’d like to incorporate into your wedding, than look for a symbol that represents that idea.  Bridal accessories with depictions of popular and trendy symbols are readily available to bring your intangible concepts to life.

Find more inspiration on Wedding Symbols on Pinterest.