While guests are arriving at your wedding ceremony, ask them to choose a shell from a treasure chest. Each shell will have a word of blessing and wishes for the couple etched onto it such as, Love, Trust, Happiness, and so on... At the end of the ceremony the Bride, Groom and Guests will be directed to the water’s edge and after a verse is read by the officiant, the couple counts to 3, and everyone tosses their blessing shell into the ocean together. Not only is it a special photographic moment, but is another way for everyone in attendance to be involved in this special day!
At the beginning of the ceremony, guests may receive a permanent marker or a piece of paper and a pen to write down the blessing or the wish, and place the shell in a special container. Alternatively, the shells can have labels with the names of the bride and groom, the date of their marriage and a wish or blessing. At the end of the ceremony, the couple's best man or maid of honor will bring the jar to the bride and groom. They will hold it up to the sky, while the wedding officiant prays for all wishes to come true. The newlyweds may choose to keep the jar of shells as a precious keepsake.