My favorite piece of designing a wedding ceremony is having the opportunity of being creative. Once I meet with a couple and ask a few questions I begin to get ideas that they might not have thought about. I have always wanted to perform a Labyrinth ceremony. There is so much rich symbolism to a labyrinth. Labyrinth’s date back to the middle Ages and was used to substitute a pilgrimage that was too long to physically take. The labyrinth was constructed as a re-enactment of the idea of taking a pilgrimage. A labyrinth is not a maze but a winding path that leads to the center of a circle. The difference is: a maze is entered to loose yourself and a labyrinth is to find yourself. In today’s society the labyrinth is used as a walking meditation to help a person become fully present and relax into the moment. The walk becomes a sacred destination as you find the center. A marriage is similar with this idea. Two individuals each have their own path art they journey into their life but when they get married their paths become one as they find each other in the center.
A labyrinth most times has a circular shape with one or two openings. The ceremonial labyrinth has two openings. The couple enters from opposite sides and walks alone until they meet in the center. The center can represent their love. The center could be the spot the officiant performs the ceremony. The labyrinth represents the journey individually and the walking out together creates a new path, called marriage.
Chairs for guests can be set up around the labyrinth creating a circle of community. Once the couple finishes walking the path they would stand with their guests completing the circle. A special prayer, chant or good wish can be said here by the officiant to close the ceremony.
There are many ways to create a labyrinth. You can buy them online at different sizes and materials or make them with rocks, flowers or fabric. The process of making one can represent the beginning of the couples journey as they prepare to start their life together. The day of the ceremony can represent what they built together as they walk the winding path from the entrance to the center to the completed circle with their family and friends.
I would be honored one day to officiate a labyrinth ceremony for that special couple.