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Planting a tree to celebrate a new marriage is an ancient unity ceremony recognized in many cultures worldwide. The wonderful thing about a tree-planting ceremony is that there's no set-in-stone way to observe it (and no specific religion is affiliated with it, either), so it can be highly customized according to your theme. It's also an eco-conscious practice that catches the eye of modern-day partners looking for a fresh twist. The symbolism behind the tree is simple and beautiful, and It represents a relationship taking root, growing, and flourishing as you officially become a family.

You may choose to plant the type of tree you once kissed under or one that represents your state or geographical area. Although most couples plant just one, sometimes both partners plant trees. In remarriage, it's a sweet idea to allow young children to plant their trees, too, to symbolize the blending of two families.

Tree Types 

Trees are strong and characterized by deep roots, their ability to grow high over rooftops, and weather even the roughest storms. All that, combined with the cultural lore and healing properties long associated with trees and their fruit, represents a healthy marriage. The specific type of tree you choose should also have significance. Here are some popular options and their symbolic meanings:

  • Oak represents life, health, and family unity.

  • Birch trees are fast-growing and appeal to eco-conscious couples. They signify adaptability, regeneration, and new beginnings.

  • Maple trees symbolize longevity, abundance, and protection.

  • Apple trees suggest love, truth, beauty, and fertility. In Danish folklore, they're said to wither around adulterers.

  • Pear trees have pretty white flowers, can produce fruit for up to 50 years, and represent longevity, good health, and abundance.

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"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like a volcano and then subsides. When it subsides, you have to make a decision. It would help if you worked out whether your roots have been so entwined that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is…Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two."

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