A New Unity Ceremony
  Everyone is familiar with the Unity Candle, but there are many other ways of expressing in actions that your lives are now joined. A list of some of the symbolic ceremonies that we offer is below, but we have a new and beautiful one that we know you will love. The action is much like a Sand Ceremony, but instead of blending sand, you pour together small beads of glass. After your wedding, those beads are sent to a local artist, who creates a stunning bowl or vase from the mixture.

There is no increase to your fee for including symbolic ceremonies in your wedding!

OUR SYMBOLIC CEREMONIES
  Ring Warming

At the beginning of the ceremony, the rings are passed from one person to another among all those in attendance. As each person holds the rings, he or she offers a silent wish, prayer, or blessing for the couple, so that by the time the rings are exchanged by the bride and groom later in the ceremony, they have been blessed by everyone gathered to share in their wedding day.

Unity Candle Ceremony

Two tapers and one larger candle are used in this ceremony. The tapers are traditionally lit at the beginning of the ceremony by the mothers of the bride and groom. The couple then use the tapers to light the larger candle together, and all three remain lit, representing each of them as individuals and their union.

Rose Exchange Ceremony

The groom gives a rose to the bride’s mother and the bride gives a rose to the groom’s mother, representing their acceptance of one another’s family as their own.

Rose Petals Ceremony

The groomsmen (or bridesmaids or both) sprinkle a circle of rose petals around the couple, symbolizing surrounding the couple with the love and best wishes of all in attendance.

Butterfly release

Live butterflies are released, representing the disbursement of silent, beautiful best wishes for the couple.

Sand Ceremony

Two containers of different colored sand are poured together into a larger empty container. The two colors blend together, representing the blending together of lives and the fact that their lives cannot be separated, any more than the sand can be restored to their original containers. This can also be done with any additional containers/ colors of sand to represent any children of a blended family.

Want a new and different idea for your sand ceremony? What about mixing you sand in an hourglass? See "Heirloom Hourglass" under "Product Resources" on our links page!

Fusion of Glass

The actions are similar to a sand ceremony, except that instead of sand, tiny beads of glass are poured together. After the wedding, the glass mixture will be sent to a local artist, who will use the beads to create a glass bowl or vase as a keepsake. Each piece is a unique piece to treasure that is, like marriage, truly a fusion. Like the sand ceremony, couples may choose two colors, to represent the bride and groom, or multiple colors if children are to be represented. (Couples will have to pay the artist for his work. Bowls like the one above are $250, but you may choose a larger size if you prefer.)

Time Capsule

A bottle of wine, a love letter from the bride to the groom, and a love letter from the groom to the bride are nailed together into a box, only to be opened if and when they feel their marriage is faltering, or on their 25th anniversary.

Blessing of the Hands Ceremony

The couple join right hands together and left hands together, forming the infinity symbol. They are asked to look at one another’s hands and consider what a blessing they are to each other.

Handfasting

The hands of the bride and groom are tied together (“Tying the Knot”). From Celtic tradition.

Jumping the Broom

This symbolizes the sweeping away of the old and making ready for the new. The broom itself is a symbol of the beginning of homemaking. The jump is a leap into adulthood and matrimony.

Cord of Three Strands

The bride and groom braid three cords together, symbolizing the two of them and God united. Based on Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.

Salt Covenant

Based on ancient practices, a promise is stated, and then a pinch of salt is exchanged from one pouch to another. The promise cannot be broken any more than the grains of salt can be returned to their original owner.

Wine Ceremony

The bride and groom each drink from a single glass, symbolizing sharing together the sweet and the bitter in life. This ceremony has its roots in Jewish tradition, but now is used more broadly.

A Wish to the Sea

At the very end of a beach ceremony, each guest is given a sanddollar and asked to hold it for a moment and make a specific wish on behalf of the couple. Then the sanddollars are thrown into the sea where the waves and the sand will welcome them back home, and in exchange for their return, grant the blessings asked. Sanddollars are used because they have long been considered Christian symbols.

Breaking the Glass

From Jewish tradition, at the end of the ceremony, a glass wrapped in cloth is crushed when the groom steps on it. The symbolism is that marriage is irrevocable, that life is fragile, and that each day must be appreciated.

Eucharist

The taking of this simple sacred meal, particularly when remembering the life and sacrifice of Christ, ensures that we do not forget that we are all one body, one blood, and one spirit, and that the breaking of bread and sharing of a cup is more than nourishment or the quenching of thirst, but the sharing of ourselves.

Please note: We do not supply the containers, candles, cords, etc. for the above ceremonies.


 


 


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