How to Make a Wedding Labyrinth

In itself, each type of labyrinth is suitable for such or a similar event. I’ve seen many different photos or templates for it. That is why I would like to make my contribution today.

Which requirements have to be met? The couple should be able to walk into the center of the labyrinth, both together and individually. There the master of ceremonies or whoever is waiting for them. The groomsmen and the other wedding guests are also waiting there. After the wedding, the couple walks out of the labyrinth together on a new path.

Two-part labyrinths, each with its own path for the newlyweds, are well suited. A larger center and a separate exit are also required.

A mirrored half, open classical labyrinth

A mirrored half, open classical labyrinth

In my opinion, half a classic labyrinth in a circular shape is well suited. Mirrored, thus split in two, and open at the top, so that a walk-through labyrinth occurs. By continuing the 4th round, the entrance to the center happens from below. A 4 circuit labyrinth is created with the path sequence: 3-2-1-4-5.

The more rounded labyrinth

The more rounded labyrinth

The couple goes to the labyrinth together, stands at the entrance and everyone takes their own path. Shortly before entering the center, they meet again and can walk next to each other into the center. The guests are already waiting here. After the ceremony, everyone leaves the labyrinth on the wider path above.

The more circular labyrinth

The more circular labyrinth

With the more precise implementation, there is still plenty of scope for design. The empty, diamond-shaped center piece can e.g. be used for decoration.

The labyrinth can also be heart-shaped, which is often desired.

Simple heart shaped labyrinth

Simple heart shaped labyrinth

The above drawing shows one with straight middle parts, the lower one with rounded middle parts.

More round shaped heart labyrinth

More round shaped heart labyrinth

The heart shape can be emphasized more with a three-part bow. The implementation in nature is somewhat more complicated and complex. The center is also quite large here.

The heart labyrinth with some construction elements

The heart labyrinth with some construction elements

It requires a few midpoints more than a simple labyrinth shape.

Here you can see, print or download the drawing as a PDF file.

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Variants of the Same Seed Pattern / 4

The seed patterns of the heart labyrinth by Mario Höhn were even more difficult to identify for me than those of the Nîmes labyrinth.

Figure 1. Seed Patterns of the Heart Labyrinth

Figure 1. Seed Patterns of the Heart Labyrinth

As fig. 1 shows, what is special about this labyrinth is not so much its heart-shaped form. This alone would not much affect the seed pattern. Very special, however, is that the circuits 7 and 6 are restricted to the first (right) half of the heart. Despite this, the labyrinth looks symmetric. This is because an additional circuit in the form of a turning loop was added in the second (left) half. This fills the space that was left empty by the missing circuits 7 and 6.

Figure 2. Variations to the Seed Pattern

Figure 2. Variations to the Seed Pattern

Therefore, two variations are made to the seed pattern. This is shown in fig. 2:

  • First, the turn from the 7th to the 6th circuit is moved from the 3rd to the 2nd quadrant (A). This turn in the seed pattern for the walls (blue) is marked by an angle or an arc and a dot placed within it. In the seed pattern for the Ariadne’s Thread (red) it is designed as an arc. Therefore, these turns of the pathway are doubled in the second quadrant, the first is embedded between the arms of the central cross, the second lies mirrored somewhere opposite to it.
  • In the right heart chamber the pathway reaches the 7th circuit coming from the 4th circuit. This is as usual in the Cretan type of labyrinth. But then, without leaving the second quadrant, it turns to the 6th and again to the 5th circuit. Only this circuit leads to the left heart chamber. And there, the path does not reach the center from below, but spirals in before it branches to the turning loop, the additional 8th circuit. This is marked in the figure by the red circle, which indicates the situation of the turning loop and the black bullet indicating the center of the labyrinth. This course of the pathway causes an additional spiralling wall to be laid-out in the left heart chamber. These additional modifications in the area of the center have to be added to the seed pattern (B).
Figure 3. How to Complete the Seed Pattern

Figure 3. How to Complete the Seed Pattern

Since these modifications cause strong biases to the seed pattern, I have indicated in fig. 3 which ends have to be connected to each other in order to complete the seed patterns to the whole labyrinth. As usual, completion begins with the two ends that connect to the innermost wall / circuit. I numbered these ends with 1. We then continue following the ascending numbers and thus proceeding from the inside out. Since circuits 7 and 6 are restricted to the first half of the labyrinth and due to the additional features around the center, the two innermost circuits / three innermost walls are not connected with an arc around the center. Only the five outer circuits are connected around the center.

This variant of the Cretan type labyrinth causes variations to the seed pattern such that it misses its original purpose. The purpose of a seed pattern is, that it provides a simple graph, that can be easily kept in mind and completed straightforward to the whole labyrinth.

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Heart Labyrinth

This beautiful labyrinth was a great surprise at Christmas 2007. It belongs to a crib, which was a gift of Mario. He invented the shape all alone.

Heart Labyrinth

Heart Labyrinth

It is a classical labyrinth with 7 circuits and the 4 turning points. They are not arranged in a square, but shifted totally. Also the center is not in the center, but in the left part.
It would be a good exercise to follow the way through the labyrinth with your eyes or with your mouse. And feel what this is doing inside yourself.
Who would like to make a walkable labyrinth out of it?

Crib 2007

Crib 2007