Wedding Branding Ceremony

by Kristy

Planning a wedding is stressful. The dress, the shoes, the guests, the flowers – the list goes on and on and on. The stress of all that planning can take the special out of the big day but at Gearheart Industry we’re here to help!

Here we’ll show you how a branding iron can be the must have accessory to any wedding day. In this blog we'll go through the specifics of how to plan a Branding Ceremony at your wedding!

Don't have a logo to use for your branding iron?  Follow the link and Design your custom branding iron through Gearheart Industry custom logo designer. 

What is a Branding Ceremony at a Wedding?

A wedding branding ceremony is a fun way for a couple to show unity and mark a special keepsake they'll treasure forever. Branding ceremonies, grounded in tradition, signifies a new united identity and belonging to one another. 

A branding ceremony can add a classic feel to your wedding and be used on other design elements throughout the event to make the wedding truly unique. Whether you choose to brand a piece of wood that is meaningful to you both, or brand your guest book for everyone to sign, branding wood, branding leather, or other materials can make your wedding extra special. 

Bride and groom branding a piece of wood together


How to Plan a Branding Iron Ceremony for your Wedding?

Having a branding iron unity ceremony at your wedding is pretty simple. We recommend having a special area set up for the ceremony itself. This way you can make sure your iron is already pre-heated and stored (safely!) and you'll be able to pre-stage the area for photos. You'll want to gather and prep following: 

1. Item you'd like to brand (we recommend getting more than one item so you can practice). Leather branding and wood branding are great options for this ceremony!

2. A special space set up during the event so you have optimal photos and zero prep-time. 

3. Your branding iron either an electric iron or a torch heated

Lastly, you'll want to make sure that either your officiant or wedding planner knows when you'd like the ceremony to take place. If you are planning to do it indoors, it may work well to have it as part of the wedding ceremony, before exchanging rings for example, the officiant can use this time to speak to the significance of the ceremony. On the other hand, if you are planning to do the branding ceremony outdoors, you are free to pick your perfect moment, whether during the ceremony or during the evening celebrations. If you're using a torch heated iron you'll need a few minutes to get the iron hot before you stamp any material. 

What Items Do You Need at a Wood Branding Wedding Ceremony?

A Branding Iron

When choosing a branding iron for your wedding ceremony, you can go for a traditional torch heated branding iron or an electric branding iron.

If you are having an indoor wedding ceremony then an electric branding iron may be the best option. A common question about having a wood branding wedding ceremony is, ‘is it safe to have one indoors?’ and the good news is, the answer is Yes! An electric branding iron is safe for indoor use because you just need to plug in the iron a few minutes before using it. Just make sure your iron is resting on a non-conductive surface while heating. For weddings we recommend a ceramic platter that fits in your weddings color scheme. 

Since you do not need an open flame to heat an electric branding iron, you should not have any problems with your wedding venue allowing its use, however it is important to always confirm with your venue whether they allow the use of branding irons as part of the ceremony, just in case.

Learn more about how to use an electric branding iron here.

If you are planning to do the branding iron unity ceremony outdoors, a torch heated branding iron may be the best option. You can heat it up with a torch or on any open flame prior to the branding ceremony. We've seen it done with decorative fire pits before and it makes for a very special touch! 

While a torch heated branding iron will add more character and a more rustic feel, it’s good to bear in mind that it will also take longer to heat than an electric branding iron. The branding iron will also cool off in about 2 or 3 minutes once removed from the heat, so you’ll need to stamp your wood or guest book pretty quickly.

The really great thing about a wood branding wedding ceremony with Gearheart Industry is that the logo can be as simple or detailed as you want! Maybe both your initials, your family brand or crest, or an image that carries significance for you as a couple or family. The possibilities are endless since you can create a custom branding iron using your own design, which is made easy with Gearheart’s Online Design Tool.

The Piece of Wood  or Leather You Want to Brand

Lastly you'll just need to source the wood or leather you're branding on your big day! The type, size and style of wood is completely up to you.

You can keep it small as a little keepsake for the two of you, or maybe you’d like to use a piece of wood that is particularly meaningful to you, passed down through generations, that you can place on a wall at home. You may even want to go big and use a large piece of wood that doubles up as a guest book for people to sign and leave messages. Either way Gearheart Industry is excited to be apart of your big day!

Branded piece of wood on a wedding branding ceremony


Create a Special Moment and a Special Memory

Having a branding iron unity ceremony as part of your wedding is as easy as:

  1. Organizing with your venue and officiant how to work the branding iron unity ceremony into your wedding day
  2. Deciding whether you want a torch heated or an electric branding iron
  3. Designing your branding iron
  4. Choosing your wood or leather you'd like to brand
  5. Making the mark on your big day!

A branding iron unity ceremony can be really special and unique leaving you with a keepsake you'll treasure forever as a family. So, if you are looking for a different way to demonstrate your love, why not design your own branding iron and leave an impression that will really last!

Looking for a branding iron for your wedding? Design your custom branding iron and leave an impression that will last forever.