Unity Ceremony Ideas
It’s the blending of three or more different-colored sands into a single container. It symbolizes the joining of the couple (and their children) into one union or family. I do it slighty different than many officiants because I have you use three color of sands at least. It makes it more beautiful and it causes your two sands to stand out more.
LOVE LETTER &
LOVE LETTER & WINE BOX
This is a keepsake box that contains:
A bottle of wine, two wine glasses and two letters. Each of you write a letter before your wedding to your spouse to be. Include why you love him/her, what traits drew you to them at the beginning, memories that have impacted your relationship.
Open your box at your first anniversary or at a time when you are struggling and need to remember why you feel in love.
WINE, BEER OR COCKTAIL
The bride and groom each take a carafe of wine (1 red and 1 white) or beer (dark and pale) and pour it into a single glass, which they both drink from. You have various designs and containers that you can pick from.
UNITY GLASS CRYSTALS
After their unity glass ceremony, the colorfully mixed pieces of glass will be made into a one-of-a-kind glass sculpture as special as their love for each other. The pieces of their personality that complement each other will be reflected in the glass sculpture they can display in their home forever. This new sculpture will be a physical reminder of their beautiful personalities, love and commitment to each other coming together.
OR UNITY SAPLING
TREE PLANTING OR UNITY SAPLING
Plant a tree sapling together with a little dirt (could be from your childhood home). An option is to have the parents water it to symbolize the way they have been an influence in teaching and encouraging love. After the ceremony, take the potted tree, and transplant it at the newlywed’s home to symbolize putting down roots, longevity, and strength within this marriage.
ACTUALLY TYING THE KNOT
This is a variation to the 3 Cords. Both the groom’s mom and the bride’s mom can present the couple with a long piece of thick ribbon or cord (2 different colors, maybe your wedding colors) which you will tie in a knot to symbolize the union of the two families.
THE PEBBLE TRADITION
THE PEBBLE TRADITION
Or well wishes rocks. Have everyone hold a rock and bless it during the ceremony. After the ceremony they place it in a vase or other container for the newlyweds to display in their home.
RING WARMING CEREMONY
Rings can be passed around the room on a pillow or in a bag. I would explain a little about it right at the beginning of the ceremony. Everyone holds the rings for a few seconds and says a little blessing/prayer for the couple. Then by the time you do your vows the rings have made their way all the way around the room and all your loved ones have given their blessings. An alternative is to have them displayed at the ceremony entrance, and have people give their blessings before they sit down.
In ages past, salt was considered a binding agent in reference to the substance’s binding nature. By pouring the two separate jars of salt together, the couple are totally mixing the grains. It would be impossible to ever distinguish the salt as coming from one person or the others again, much as their commitment to each other can never be broken.
GERMAN WEDDING CUP
GERMAN WEDDING CUP
In old Nuermberg, the nobel mistress Kunigunde fell in love with a goldsmith. Her wealthy father did not approve. The father created what he thought to be an impossible task: “If he can make a chalice which two people can drink from at the same time without spilling one single drop, I will free him and you shall become his bride.” The young goldsmith created such a cup. The “Bridal” or “Wedding Cup” remains a symbol; love, faithfulness and good luck await the couple who drink from this cup.
Very similar to the unity sand except you use two colors of water. Here is an example of the words you can use: “as you pour your yellow water into the container you bring sunshine and wisdom to your marriage…as you pour your blue water into the marriage vessel, you bring confidence, trust and loyalty to your marriage. And together you will be a perfect blend that will change the world.”
SCIENCE WATER CEREMONY
I had a couple who thought about doing this a science-based ceremony: They were both chemists. So to make the ceremony reflect who they are they thought about doing this experiment. They each would poured a vase what looked like plain water into a large pitcher, causing an instant color change from clear to pink. The audience will be wowed!
MASON JAR OF
MASON JAR OF COOKIE DOUGH
Family members pour ingredients of chocolate chip cookie dough into the Mason jar. Aunts, uncles, cousin, grandparents, siblings and parents can be involved. Then the couple puts in the most important ingredient – the chocolate chips. At your one year anniversary, you can bake the cookies to remind you of the warmth of your family and friends.
THE UNITY CROSS
The Unity Cross is a multi-piece sculpture that is assembled during the Unity Service of your Wedding Ceremony representing how the -Two become One. The Groom places the outer Cross in the beautiful wood base. The Bride then places the more delicate cross inside of the Grooms cross, and the two become one. The Bride and Groom then use the 3 golden pegs to lock the union (cross) together in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
CORD OF THREE STRANDS
The cord of three strands symbolizes the joining of one man, one woman, and God into a marriage relationship.
HOUR GLASS CEREMONY
A take on the sand ceremony but it can be turned on every anniversary. The idea is that when you put each color of sand in the glass they’re inseparable but not entwined. As time continues all the colors become so entwined they are impossible to part.
1,000 Origami Cranes
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Some stories believe you are granted eternal good luck, instead of just one wish, such as long life of happiness or recovery from illness or injury. Couples can do it together to practice patience, determination, and cooperation. Know that on average, brides report investing more than 100 hours over six months.