Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tying the Knot: Options for Unity Ceremony

J and I are chugging along when it comes to wedding planning. Crossing at least a few things off the seemingly endless list each week. We are approaching our 4 month countdown mark and I cannot believe how fast the time is flying by.

This week, I've been doing a lot of thinking about our ceremony. Who are we reserving seats for? What song will I walk down the aisle to? What type of ceremony do we want? Do we want a family member or friend to do a reading or just leave it all up to our officiant? There is so much you can do to really personalize the ceremony that I have lots and lots to think about.

So here's where you come in.... J and I know we want to do a form of a "Unity Ceremony" as part but don't know what exactly we want to do. We both know we want something a little different but without going overboard. I could not imagine standing at the front of the room during our ceremony and sipping whiskey with my future-groom. That is just not our style. Here's a few options and I'd love to hear more suggestions about what you've done, seen done or would do!


Unity Sand: Two colors, one for the bride and one for the groom poured simultaneously into a pretty glass vase and later displayed in your home. It's taken off in recent years and seems like everyone is doing it.




Unity Candle: Individual candles for the bride and the groom (traditionally lit by their mothers) and then used to light a larger candle together. This is definitely the most traditional of what we'd consider.
Source: megphoto.com via Meg on Pinterest




Ring Warming: While the ceremony proceeds, the wedding bands of the bride and groom are pasted throughout the guests who are then able to give a silent wish/blessing/hope for the new couple before they exchange the rings. I've never seen this one done but am really liking the idea.











Source: intimateweddings.com via Jayme on Pinterest

What do you think? I have an idea in my head about what I like, what J likes and what I think our family/friends would like the best but it never hurts to get another set of opinions!

2 comments:

  1. In Cambodian tradition, there is something very similar to the ring passing blessing. We use a lit candle and it's passed along all the married couples three times to wish luck to the new couple. Only part of a Cambodian wedding I understood

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  2. we did commununion with our wedding party...it was awesome!
    http://www.discoverystreet.net/2010/04/unity-candle-alternative.html

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