Love Locks Unity Wedding Ceremony Ritual: secure your love

The Love Lock History

This endearing tradition has an origin rooted in fiction, albeit with a melancholic tale. The story traces back to Serbia, where a young engaged couple faced separation when the man went to war. Tragically, he found a new love during his absence and never returned to his original fiancee. Devastated, she succumbed to a broken heart, alone.

In response, local village girls dreaded such heartbreak and began affixing locks to the bridge where the couple used to rendezvous. Throwing the keys into the river ensured the locks could never be undone.

Then, in 2006, Italian author Federico Moccia depicted this ritual in his book “I Want You.” The tale featured locks attached to Rome’s Ponte Milvio bridge, their keys cast into the Tiber River. Upon its 2007 cinematic adaptation, the tradition of love locks rapidly spread worldwide.

What Is A Love Lock ?

The love locks ritual, also referred to as love-heart locks, wish locks, and luck locks, entails attaching a padlock inscribed with a couple’s names or initials to a public fixture. This act symbolises the enduring bond of their love.

Once the padlock is secured, the key is discarded—a gesture signifying the couple’s unwavering commitment and the unbreakable nature of their love.

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Love Locks And The Wedding?

Incorporating love locks into a wedding ceremony might appear as a simple act to onlookers, but to the marrying couple, these locks hold profound significance. Beyond their physical appearance, these locks bear the weight of deep symbolism, encapsulating the couple’s love and unwavering commitment. They become vessels of cherished emotions, capturing the essence of the momentous occasion when they exchange their vows and declare their lifelong devotion to one another.

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How Does This Ritual Work?

The Love Locks Unity ritual offers flexibility in its execution, adapting to various ceremony locations. Consider these options based on your venue:

  1. Limited Attachment Locations: If your venue prohibits locks on structures, you can incorporate two or three locks. These locks can symbolize your union. Attach the locks to a personal item or bring them home, adding the “wedding” lock later to a structure.
  2. Permitted Attachment Locations: At a location allowing lock attachment, use one, two, or three locks.
    • One Lock: Inscribe both names/initials and the date, attaching it during the ceremony.
    • Two Locks: Inscribe one person’s details on each lock, attaching them to each other or to a structure.
    • Three Locks: Use one lock per person and a central lock with the wedding date. Attach the central lock to the structure, with the couple’s locks attaching to it. Disposing of the keys completes the ritual.

Choose the option that resonates with you, allowing the ritual’s symbolism to reflect your love and commitment on your special day.

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What To Do With Your Key(s)?

Various creative ways can be chosen for disposing of your love lock keys, adding uniqueness to your ceremony’s symbolism. Here are some creative ideas:

  1. Burying Them:
    • Bury keys in a significant spot, such as under a tree or in a garden.
    • Enlist a loved one to bury the keys for you, deepening the shared experience.
  2. Melt in Fire:
    • Melt the keys in a ceremonial fire, creating a heartfelt ritual.
    • Consider saving the melted keys as a sentimental keepsake to display with your lock.
  3. Shadow Frame Display:
    • Showcase the joined locks in a shadow frame along with the keys.
    • This framed arrangement becomes a beautiful keepsake and symbol of your union.
  4. Transform into jewellery:
    • Melt down the keys and create unique jewellery pieces, carrying the essence of your love with you.
  5. Witness Keepsakes:
    • Give each ceremony witness a key as a token of your appreciation and a reminder of your special day.

Choose an option that resonates with you both, allowing the act of disposing of the keys to reflect your unique journey and the enduring bond you share.

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What Can Be Read During The Ritual?

During the wedding ceremony, the celebrant typically explains the Love Locks Unity Ritual and its significance to you as a couple. Additionally, you might consider incorporating a reading or poem that aligns with the symbolism of the Love Lock Ritual, adding a deeper layer of meaning to the moment. This can further emphasise the idea of unbreakable love and commitment that the ritual represents.

Poems & Readings For The Love Lock Ceremony
“The Key to Love” written by an Unknown Author

The key to love is understanding,
the ability to comprehend not only the spoken word
but those unspoken gestures,
the little things that say so much by themselves.

The key to love is forgiveness,
to accept each other’s faults and pardon mistakes,
without forgetting, but with remembering
what you learn from them.

The key to love is sharing,
facing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together;
both conquering problems, forever searching for ways
to intensify your happiness.

The key to love is giving,
without thought of return,
but with the hope of just a simple smile,
and by giving in but never giving up.

The key to love is respect,
realizing that you are two separate people, with different ideas;
that you don’t belong to each other,
that you belong with each other, and share a mutual bond.

The key to love is inside us all.
It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients
that will take you to its threshold;
it is the continual learning process that demands a lot of work
but the rewards are more than worth the effort,
and that is the key to love

“The Key to My Heart” written by Nicole C. Moore

Late at night when I’m sound asleep,
into my heart, you softly creep,
I sit and wonder how it could be,
But you must have stumbled across the key.
This key holds the secret to true love and more,
So take it now and unlock the door,
And I pray that we will never part,
Now that you have the key to my heart.

 “The Bridge Across Forever: A Lovestory” by Richard David Bach

A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.

 “Key To My Heart” by Whitney Brown

More precious than silver,
More expensive than gold.
Like the rarest diamond, It’s one of a kind and
The key to my heart you hold.
Be careful with it,
There’s no spare just one.
And it belongs to you
So guard it with your love It opens my heart,
A secret world.
You’ll find my love my world,
My pain, my joy, my private/emotions
Hidden from all but one
The very key to my soul,
It’s the key to my heart you hold

 “Love Poem 120, The Key” by Natalie Reynolds

I had closed the door upon my heart
And wouldn’t let anyone in,
I had trusted and loved only to be hurt
But, that would never happen again.

I had locked the door and tossed the key
As hard, and as far as I could,
Love would never enter there again,
My heart was closed for good.

Then you came into my life
And made me change my mind,
Just when I thought that tiny key
was impossible to find.

That’s when you held out your hand
And proved to me I was wrong,
Inside your palm was the key to my heart…
You had it all along.

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Final Thought

Final note

Incorporating the Love Locks Unity Ritual into a wedding ceremony is truly a wonderful way to symbolise the unique bond, unwavering commitment, and deep love shared between a couple. This ritual not only carries a profound meaning but also offers the flexibility to be personalised according to your preferences as a couple, allowing you to infuse it with the essence of your relationship and what you want it to signify.

AboutTanya McDonald
With a decade in the wedding industry and a love for weddings, I'm here to guide your journey to the altar. No matter your vision, I'll assist in creating an extraordinary day. Reach out, and let's work together for an unforgettable wedding. From the moment you entrust me as your celebrant and/or master of ceremonies, my dedication is to stand by your side at every juncture. My aim is to ensure that your journey towards your special day is adorned with cherished moments and positive encounters, culminating in a wedding day that remains etched in your memory for all the right reasons.