Memorable Unity Ceremonies
Do you want your wedding ceremony to be memorable? Take into consideration having a unity ceremony. Unity ceremonies are a great way to visually represent committing to one another as husband and wife. There are so many options out there, from fun and unique to classic and traditional. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites for you to pick which one to use in your ceremony!
The traditional sand ceremony is a beautiful way to show husband and wife coming together as one. At the altar, there will be two vases (or whatever you’d like to use) of sand, one representing the bride and one representing the groom. These cant be different in color, or it could be sand from two different places. Having sand from somewhere special to you, like your hometown, adds a nice personal touch. During the ceremony you will pour the sand from the two vases into one larger vase, representing the bride and groom joining together in marriage.
The unity candle ceremony is classic and timeless. Two flames become one, just as the bride and groom become one in marriage. You can make this really special by choosing someone close to you to light the candle for you. For example, have the mothers of the bride and groom light the candles and then watch as their children join together.
The unity knot is perfect for a religious ceremony. This is the visual representation of Ecclesiastes 4:12, “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” During the ceremony the bride and groom braid three strands together. The three strands symbolize the bride, the groom, and God. This act shows how important it is to you to have God in your marriage.
The tree planting ceremony is where the families of the bride and groom each provide a container of soil, and during the ceremony the bride and groom pour the containers into a pot with a planted tree. This is another ceremony where you could use soil from a meaningful location to personalize it even more. This ceremony emphasizes the strong roots and firm foundation of marriage. The best part of this unity ceremony is that you can plant the tree at your home. As the tree grows and strengthens over time, so will your marriage.
For this unity ceremony, the couple will write love letters to each other and then lock them in a box during the ceremony. The letters are then opened at a later date, like a significant anniversary or another day that is special to the couple. Another option is to write occasion letters instead of just one love letter. These could be letters to open when you have your first fight, when you move into your first home together, or when you have your first baby. In this case, you would open the box for whichever occasion happens first, but leave the rest of the letters unopened until the next occasion.
This is such a fun option for all the craft beer lovers out there! During the ceremony, the bride and groom will mix a light beer and dark beer together, and then take a drink, symbolizing two individuals joining together as a team. Another option is to replace the beer with red and white wine. Wine is a symbol of aging well and becoming better with time, which is what your marriage will do too!
Talk it over with your future spouse to decide which unity ceremony is right for the two of you. No matter which one you choose, it will add a special element to your ceremony and be something you and your spouse will remember for years to come. Comment below and tell us which one of these unity ceremonies is your favorite!