How to do a salt covenant for a wedding ceremony

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How to do a salt covenant for a wedding ceremony
Salt has long symbolised purity in various religious ceremonies. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A salt covenant refers to the act of combining individual grains of salt into one vessel during the wedding ceremony. This procedure has its roots in the Old Testament of the Bible. Salt figures so prominently in this tradition because mankind has long considered salt to be a pure substance and representative of good luck. While there are no hard and fast rules for performing a salt covenant at a wedding ceremony, the traditional custom has a basic format.

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Things you need

  • Two glass vials, identical shapes and sizes
  • One larger glass vial with stopper or cap
  • Salt
  • Tray

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  1. 1

    Determine with the bride and groom when they want to perform the salt covenant during the ceremony, as they can do it at any time -- before the vows, after the vows, or mid-ceremony.

  2. 2

    Fill the two identical glass vials with equal amounts of salt before the wedding ceremony.

  3. 3

    Place the two identical vials and the one larger vial on a table near the altar. Hand each of them one of the identical glass vials.

  4. 4

    State something to the effect of how marriage symbolises the joining of individuals into one unified entity, just as via the salt covenant you are combining separate grains of salt into a single unity vial. Explain that the bride and groom cannot break the pledge and commitment they have made to each other, just as they will not be able to separate the grains of salt in the unity vial. You can also cite a passage from scripture that alludes to the salt covenant, such as Chronicles 13:4-6.

  5. 5

    Invite the bride and groom to pour their vials of salt into the single vessel simultaneously. Once they've done that, insert a stopper or cap on the larger vial. Place it in an area of prominence in the reception hall.

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