Post # 1
Does anyone have cute or creative ideas to do instead of a unity candle? I like the idea of it but our venue doesn’t allow any candles. I’m not really into the sand idea and I’ve never seen anything else since most people do candles!
Any creative ideas out there we could do instead? Thanks!
Post # 3
We did a ring warming ceremony. After the opening prayer but before the message/sermon, the officiant talked about our ring warming ceremony. He said that we would pass our rings around in a pouch and that each person could take a short moment to say a silent prayer over them for us, our marriage, and our future. It was great and the timing worked out perfectly. People said they thought it was very unique and a nice touch. I’m not into the candle or the sand – I think the rings are the ultimate unity ceremony, so the ring warming was appropriate for us. I got the idea from offbeatbride.com, and gave the officiant what to say from that site, as well.
Good luck in your search!
Post # 4
We are doing a wine box ceremony! Google it! Its awesome!
Post # 5
hmmm, I like both of those ideas. Any others out there?? Thank you!
Post # 6
Here are 14 alternatives, including a unity volcano (to show people how explosively passionate your love is!):
Post # 7
We did a wine and chocolate ceremony.
Post # 8
From our officiants:
– handfasting (I think we’re doing this)
– hand ceremony (your hands are clasped, forming the infinity symbol)
– wine ceremony (you each have a glass of different wines and pour them together to create a new one that you both drink)
– smudging ceremony
– planting a tree sapling
– love letter box ceremony
– pebble ceremony (I LOVE this idea; Celtic tradition, but we decided that we didn’t want to lug around a basket full of rocks lol)
I can explain any of these if you want.
Post # 9
We did something similar to the sand, but we used dirt from the towns were we both grew up instead of just generic sand. It was supposed to be our roots coming together to grow a new family unit. And then we added sand from our honeymoon, and we will continue to layer the dirt/sand from locations significant to us. Like our first home, the hospital where our kids are born.. etc. I thought it was a little more meaningful than just the sand, and a good story when people ask us why we have a vase of dirt in our living room. 😛
Post # 10
My cousins had a pitcher of water poured over their united hands into a basin. It was an outdoor wedding so the pictures of the water sparkling over their hands are beautiful. (They also recreated it after the ceremony for extra pics.)
Post # 11
@vorpalette: thanks for the link! that’s really helpful.
@tayona: holy crap, that’s the sweetest thing ever.
Post # 12
We’re doing a wine box too! Some couples write letters to eachother, but we’re asking our dearest friends to write them instead.