(Closed) Alternatives to a unity candle

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hundreds of couples do the unity candle, hundreds do a unity knot, hundreds do a ‘mixing of the sand’… I’ve only seen one really unique ‘unity’ piece (and it was a little odd, so I see why it was only once). So don’t worry so much about copying, if it fits your theme and you like it, I vote do it!

Post # 4
11356 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We chose unity sand, and I loved it.  Here is a link to a thread in which I explained what this ceremony meant, and still means, to me:

Unity Candle/ Wine Ceremony Issues

Post # 5
1221 posts
Bumble bee

My daughter is doing a vow box ceremony.  Its simple and sentimental.  You could use a small treasure chest shaped box.  You can google it.  Theirs won’t be too religious and they are going to put other things in the box besides the vows and wine.  Anyway just a thought.

Post # 6
5191 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We did a sand ceremony and it was lovely. I got a set from Amazon that had our names engraved on the amphora.

Post # 7
2010 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I have seen (on pinterest of course) a couple get a canvas, a couple different colored paints I believe in their color scheme and pour the paint or splatter thep aint on the canvas together. I have never done that and I’m thinking of doing that too. I’m not sure though….although I’m sure it would look wonderful if I did something with the date and/or our last name initial on there too so it could show through the paint or be painted over the poured on stuff after it dries.


Edit: I looked it up online and it has a pretty meaning too – “every marriage starts as a blank canvas, and every day is a splash of color to signify the moments ahead.”


Post # 8
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We’re going to do some sort of chemical reaction that creates an explosion, but that’s not really fitting for a nautical wedding.  I would suggest you getting some water from your hometown (ocean, lake, pond, whatever) and you Fiance getting water from his hometown, then pouring it into a beautiful bottle and sealing it.  It’s something you can keep forever.

Post # 9
919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We did sand for our outdoor ceremony. I got all the supplies at Michaels.

Post # 10
397 posts
Helper bee

@gsmith10:  I would do the blending of the sand if you have a nautical theme!


I’ve also read where instead of sand you mix spices and then you have a “family” spice!   

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