Garland Ceremony or Lei Ceremony

The bride and groom exchange garlands of flowers.

In Hawaiian weddings, the bride and groom typically exchange leis. The families may also exchange leis with the couple. Leis represent the love and respect you have for the person you are giving it to, and the unity of the new family. This is a beautiful addition to any wedding, especially one taking place at a beach, a garden, or one with a Hawaian or tropical theme. This is also a wonderful tradition to draw other members of the family into and is great for weddings where the bride or groom have children from a previous relationship.

In the Hindu/Indian tradition the garland ceremony is referred to as Jaimala. The couple exchanges garlands as a gesture of acceptance of one another and a pledge to respect one another as partners.