I’ll let you in on a little secret about Event Design: We are suckers for symbolism. It’s true. Don’t tell anyone (Ok. Tell everyone you know!!)
Many couples choose to include a Unity Ceremonies to symbolize the coming together of two people or the unification of two families.
Common among the Unity Ceremony choices are the sand ceremony and the unity candle.
There are many variations of the sand ceremony you can choose from. Couples can select two colors of sand (usually in the palette of their wedding colors) and pour them together into a single vessel to symbolize their union. If they choose to do so, an additional color can be added and poured by the parents to symbolize the role of parents in bringing up each member of the couple or family as a whole. Another variation I have seen (commonly at beach weddings) the officiant collects sand from the earth to represent the foundation of the relationship or to include something specific to the locale of the event (this is great for destination weddings).
Another great symbolic gesture is the unity candle ceremony. The couple (or parents) will take pre-lit taper candles and join the flames together on one unity candle to indicate the coming together of two or that “two become one”.
While we are HUGE fans of this special moment, I am a bigger fan of ceremonies which can be kept forever. Sand is difficult to transport and often, over time the sand ribbons become mixed. Candles need to be blown out. Boo! (I know, but let’s consider the logistical requirements of keeping a flame burning forever!!)
But there are some VERY cool ideas out there you may not have considered which offer you symbolism AND permanence. Win win!
Check out some creative and traditional ways we found below!
Unity Painting Ceremony – Two colors are poured onto a canvas to signify the couples coming together as the paints do, unable to be separated. Similar to the sand ceremony, colors can be selected for each family and you can invite your parents to pour their paint colors to create a one of a kind piece that can be hung in your home together!
Unity Wine Ceremony – The bride and groom each take a carafe of wine and pour the wine into a single glass. They both drink from the glass of the mixed wine to symbolise their willingness to share in both the joys and the disappointments of life. Love!
Unity Rose Ceremony – during the rose ceremony the couple exchange their first gift as husband and wife, a single rose. The roses can be preserved and hung decoratively in your home.e bride and groom from two separate family candles, representing the union of both families.
Tree Unity Ceremony – couples pour soil together, giving foundation and life to a tree which can be kept, nourished and enjoyed by the couple over the span of their life together.
Still love the Sand Ceremony? Pick a vessel which allows you to fill the sand to the very top and has a way to “lock it in”. There are many vessels which enable you to putt a stopper or top in the vessel to lock the sand in place and reduce the possibility that it will be knocked around and mix. Happy shopping!