Lei Exchange Ceremony Suggestions
A lei exchange can be easily added to any wedding ceremony. Giving someone a lei symbolizes the love, affection, and respect you have
for the person you are giving the lei to. Having a lei exchange is beautiful way to
express your eternal love Hawaiian style on your special day. It is customary to give a
kiss on the cheek when adorning someone with a lei.
Bride and Groom Lei Exchange at the Start of the Ceremony
This lei exchange is done before the start of the ceremony when the bride makes
her entrance. The best man holds the grooms lei for the bride and the maid of honor holds
the brides lei for the groom. When the bride makes her entrance and meets with her groom
they take the leis from maid of honor and best man and adorn each other with them.
Bride and Groom Lei Exchange Before the Ring Exchange
This lei exchange is done just before the ring exchange. The flower girl or
maid of honor holds the leis for the bride and groom during the ceremony. Just before the
ring exchange the flower girl/maid of honor presents the leis to the bride and groom and
they exchange leis.
Parents of the Bride and Groom Present Leis to Their Child at the Start of
At the start of the ceremony the parents of the groom come forward and adorn
their son with a lei then the parents of the bride come forward and adorn their daughter.
The parents then offer their blessing of the marriage and return to their seat. The bride
and groom can also have leis for their parents to adorn them with as well.
Parents of the Bride and Groom Present Leis to Their Child Before the Ring
Before the ring exchange the parents of the groom come forward and adorn their
son with a lei then the parents of the bride come forward and adorn their daughter. The
parents then offer their blessing of the marriage and return to their seat. The bride and
groom can also have leis for their parents to adorn them with as well.
Parents of the Bride Exchange Leis with the Groom and the Parents of the
Groom Exchange Leis with the Bride at the Start of the Ceremony
This is a great way for the parents to symbolize the acceptance of their
child's mate into their lives and the joining of the two families. At the start of the
ceremony the parents of the groom come forward and adorn the bride with a lei then the
parents of the bride come forward and adorn their groom. The bride and groom then present
each of their in-laws with a lei.
Bride and Groom Present Leis to the Immediate Family
This involves the entire immediate family with the wedding and allows them to
be a part of wedding ceremony where the two families become one. Depending on how many
leis you will need have one or two flower girls that will hold the leis and bring them up
when needed. After the ring exchange call your special family members forward by name and
have them come up to receive leis. At this time the flower girl(s) bring the leis to the
bride and groom. Before the bride and groom adorns the family members in leis make a
statement to the attendees of your love for your family and your looking forward to your
new life together as one a family, or something of that nature to make your family feel
special and loved. The bride and groom then adorn the family members in leis. This is a
popular ceremony for marriages when the bride and/or groom brings children from a prior
relationship into the marriage.
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