Unity Ceremonies in Weddings
Creative Alternatives to the Unity Candle Wedding Ceremony
A unity wedding ceremony, which expresses the coming together of two people or two families into one new family can come in one of several forms.
In addition to the unity candle, there is thewedding sand ceremony in which the couple each has a container of colored sand, and as they take their vows and make their dedications to each other, they take turns pouring sand, generally into a heart shaped vase, symbolizing the unity of the couple as the different colored sand forms in layers.
There is the unity water ceremony, in which water is brought from each of the parents’ homes, combined at the ceremony, and then blessed, to then be used at the christening of their first child.
Another wedding trend is theunity wedding ceremony tree.
Check out these creative alternatives to the Unity Candle Wedding Ceremony, from Brides:
by Heather Lee
The unity candle is a traditional ceremony ritual that symbolizes the union between the bride and groom. It’s a beautiful, poignant moment during the ceremony, but if candle lighting is a little too traditional for your nuptials, we’ve got five other creative twists on the tradition.
Traditional Unity Candle (above): The candle-lighting ceremony usually involves the couple lighting one large candle from two smaller family candles lit by the mothers and represents the bringing together of two families.
Photo: Kristi Pinkham
Rope Tying: During this couple’s unity ritual, they used rope to tie a fisherman’s knot — a nautical knot that only gets tighter with pressure — to symbolize the strength of their union over time.
Photo: Root Photography
Beer: Instead of a unity candle, this couple’s ceremony included a beer opening. A waiter walked down the aisle with a tray of two beer bottles, two bottle openers, and one pint glass. The bride and groom opened their beer bottles and poured them both into one glass, then shared a “Cheers!”
Photo: Sarah Lyn Photography
Wine: Since they were marrying at a winery, this couple chose two different-yet-compatible wines and poured them into a carafe, creating a perfect blend.
Photo: Ashley Rose Photography
Tree Planting: A creative nature-inspired idea is to plant a tree together, adding soil (perhaps gathered from both of your hometowns) to a potted plant to symbolize your union.
Photo: Grace Note Photography
Painting: This artsy and creative couple had a unique ceremony where each person poured a different color of paint onto a single canvas, creating a modern-art representation of their marriage.
Video: The Wine Pouring Unity Ceremony
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