(Closed) Where are they now? unity ceremony items & guestbook

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MrsBaconBit:  Unity ceremony items are somewhere in the closest.

I made one of those leaf tree things that guests could sign. Framed it and it’s hanging on our wall.

One idea is that you could have a custom jersey made with your shared last name on it and your wedding colors or your favorite team colors? (if you are going to have the same name). You could have guests sign the back side of the jersey and then frame and hang it.

You could also have people sign a surfboard, soccer ball, I guess knowing what sports you both like would also help.


Post # 4
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

This is pretty much the reason that I didn’t want to have an actual book or a unity candle. What am I going to do with that afterward? Put it in a chest until my future children are ready to get married, then make them sit down and look at something they probably don’t care about?

I think using posters, pictures, etc and having guests sign them is cute, because then you can frame it and put it some place.

We have a vintage typewriter from the late 1800s and we’re using it as our guest book. Guests will just type a message to us (the typos could be funny, right?) and then we’ll probably frame the sheet of paper and maybe I’ll put it on my desk or something. Our wedding is tiny so all of our guests are very close to us so the messages will be particularly meaningful.

Post # 5
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We didn’t do any unity anything. Our guest book was a photo calendar dated for our first year together and it’s on the fridge. We’re on the lastr month now, it’s quite sad 🙁

Post # 6
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

How about a photo of your guys’ favorite sports stadium and everyone can sign it? Then you can have the picture of the stadium hanging in your house some where

Post # 8
2958 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

The only thing I would really like to display is our guestbook. Everyone signed the inside of the Beatles White Album cover, and it looks awesome!! Haven’t figured out how to get it shown off yet.

Post # 9
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s not an intentional theme, but we’re doing a thumbprint tree and a tree planting ceremony (Japanese maple).  We’ll actually plant the tree in the ground when we move into our next home. 


Post # 10
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

we’re having a photo guestbook so at least we’re not just looking at a bunch of random signatures and we’re doing a sand ceremony but I picked the vases up at the dollar store so I don’t really care what happens to them. (We’ll probably put it on display but I doubt it will be for very long. who knows?)

Post # 11
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We didn’t do a unity anything.  Our guestbook is hanging on the wall in the guest room. 

Post # 12
3765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

No unity ceremony for me, I don’t like them and they’re rare in Catholic ceremonies.

Our guestbook was a photobook I made on shutterfly, and it’s sitting on a shelf with our other photobooks.

Post # 13
1623 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Unity candle is on our fireplace mantle (although I’ve since through out our individual candles) and guest photo book is in a decorative basket in our living with with other wedding & engagment photo albums.

Post # 14
998 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@tmsing:  where was this idea when I got married?!?!? SUCH a good idea!!!!

Post # 15
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

My sister had a standing unity candle at her wedding that my father made (he is a blacksmith), and it has stood in her and her husband’s bedroom since their marriage (15 years ago).  

For us, he is making a custom podium/stand for our officiant to stand behind (one of our best friends).  After the wedding, we will use the stand to display our album or guestbook in our “fancy” living room.  Our guestbook will more than likely be an antique book rebound with blank pages.


For your theme:  have guests sign your favorite sports ball, then display it (baseball woulod be super cute IMO), or favorite sports equipment (tennis racket, skis, surfboard, ping pong paddles, baseball bat, hockey stick) which could then be hung on the wall.  

My favorite alternative guestbook idea is the signed bench or adirondack chair.  Then you can keep it indoors or out!

Personally, I am not a fan of “unity” items, as my SO comes from a divorced family, and we felt that a candle ceremony would be awkward, and sand ceremonies remind me of sand art (no offense to anyone who has/will have one- they can be very beautiful, just not my style).  


Hope these ideas help!

Post # 16
11366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We did a beautiful unity sand ceremony, and I keep our vase of sand in our formal living room. 

Every time I dust it and under and around it, I look at the sand to see how it continues to settle and how our two colors of sand continue to become more combined. It’s very symbolic to me, because it reminds me that God (represented by the white sand on the top and bottom, poured in by the pastor) is the foundation of and covering for our relationship and that I could never get my own color of sand back out of that vase now that it has been combined with DH’s different-colored grains of sand.  If I ever tried, I would end up taking a whole lot of his sand with me and leaving a whole lot of my own sand with him. It’s a powerful, powerful reminder of the two becoming one in marriage. 

We can still see our own colors of sand, representing our own uniqueness. However, they have become very blended together in many places, and some of the white has begun to penetrate our layers of sand, showing God’s influence in our new life together.

I had never heard of a sand ceremony until my Darling Husband suggested it, and I am SO glad that we did this instead of a more traditional unity candle.

As for our guest book, I had a traditional guest book that I keep in a container in our bedroom, along with other wedding mementos. 

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