Post # 1
we are having a close friend sing and play a song on his guitar during the ceremony and during this time we plan to pray together and with the preacher, but that wont take up the entire time of the song. This is the perfect time for a unity candle lighting, but neither of us are into the traditional lighting the candle thing. SO I am looking for some alternatives to Unity Candles. We are not into the sand thing at all, so thats not an option and we would do the Unity Candle if it had a bit of a twist. something to make it more meaningful! Thanks for the help! 🙂
Post # 3
We are doing the sand candle, but instead of using colored sand we are each collecting some from an area near where we grew up (me–Las Vegas; him–Mammoth Lake). It might not look as pretty but it will mean more and we can keep the bottle for decoration of our house later. Could you do something similar with the candles maybe? Get a regular one for the middle but choose tapers that each have a personal meaning, like a color or a scent that is the favorite for each of you.
Post # 4
we will probably do colored liquid that represents us (favorite colors) and pour them into a decanter that represents our family becoming one unit (we have children from previous relationships)
Post # 5
Those are both very good ideas! I didnt like the sand idea mainly because it was normally different colors, but that is a thought! and I just recently read about the water idea and really like it! Thanks so much!
Post # 6
I’m doing a Unity Cross.. See an explanation here.
I think it’s cool and it’s something you can keep in your home. I like the idea that it represents the bride and groom.. and the pins that connect the two crosses represent the Holy Trinity.
Post # 7
We’ll be doing 2 things-one will be Unity Flowers-like the unity candle but with flowers. Each of our moms will carry up a bouquet of flowers with the same amount of flowers as there is family members. They’ll each put them in their own vase on the altar & there will be another vase in the center. When we go to do that, we’ll each take a flower and put it in the vase in the cener.
We’ll also be doing the Cord of three strands where you can find info on here. I also posted about that on my blog.
Post # 8
The Salt covenant is another option.
Post # 9
I just saw the Salt Covenant done recently at a Wedding and it was really neat!
Post # 10
what’s the salt covenant?
Post # 11
I got this off of Yahoo Answers, but I thought it was pretty thorough:
“It’s like you and your groom have separate pouches of salt. You pour the contents of your pouches into a particular vial or glass bowl or whatever containers. It’s suppose to symbolize the commitment and loyalty to one another and to God.
The idea of this ceremony being performed at weddings came from biblical times when men carried a pouch of salt on their belts. When two men wanted to make a covenant of loyalty, each would take some salt from his pouch and sprinkle it in the other man’s pouch. Then they stated the terms of their agreement and shook their salt pouches, mingling the grains of salt.Shaking the salt pouches reminded them that the covenant could not be broken, because it was no longer possible to go into the other man’s pouch and retrieve the original salt grains.”
Hope that helps! It sounds like a neat idea.