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Unity Ceremony ideas

Are you trying to make your ceremony unique?  Want to do something besides a Unity Candle?  Here are 25  fun ideas that you can incorporate into your wedding celebration.

Rose Ceremony: A simple unity ceremony where the bride and groom exchange roses as their first gifts to one another. Other variations: the families exchange roses, the bride and groom exchange roses with their families, the bride and groom exchange roses, then present their mothers with the roses.
http://myceremony.ca/rose_ceremony.htm

Wine Ceremony: The bride and groom each take a carafe of wine and pour it into a single glass, which they both drink from.  The below image is a variation of containers.
http://www.yourweddingcanvas.com/cereutywine.html

 

Wine Box Ceremony:  A wine box sealed during your ceremony  with a special bottle of wine to open on your anniversary!
http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com/lovebox.html

Credit: Mossy Holler

Credit: Mossy Holler

 

Love Letter and Wine Box Ceremony:  Similar idea to the wine box ceremony, however, you each add a sealed letter expressing what you love in each other and why you fell in love.  Other keepsakes could also be included: photos of the couple, some flower petals thrown by the flower girl during the actual ceremony.  The box  is to be opened on a milestone anniversary or earlier if you feel your marriage has reached a hardship and you need to reflect upon the reasons you fell in love and chose to marry each other.
http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com/ceremonylovebox.html

Celtic Oathing Stone: “The couple holds or puts their hands on a stone during their vows to “set them in stone”

The Pebble Tradition – or well wishes rocks.  Have everyone hold a rock and bless it during the ceremony.   After the ceremony they place it in a vase or other container for the newlyweds to display in their home.
http://www.chaosangel.com/17feb/ceremony2.html#bell

Ring Warming Ceremony – rings can be passed around the room on a pillow or in a bag. The officiant can explain a little about it right at the beginning of the ceremony. http://offbeatbride.com/2009/08/ring-warming-wedding (or search google)
Everyone holds the rings for a few seconds and says a little blessing/prayer for them. Then by the time you do your vows the rings have made their way all the way around the room and all your loved ones have given their blessings.

An alternative is to have them displayed at the ceremony entrance, and have people give their blessings before they sit down.


Hand Blessing Ceremony
: Bride and groom hold each other’s hands while a blessing if said.
http://www.weddingministerct.com/wedding-hand-blessing-ceremony.htm

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The Unity Cross
The Unity Cross is a multi-piece sculpture that is assembled during the Unity Service of your Wedding Ceremony representing how the -Two become One. The Groom places the outer Cross in the beautiful wood base as the Pastor explains how God created man- Bold, Strong, the Defender of the Family yet how he is empty and incomplete without the woman. The Bride then places the more delicate cross inside of the Grooms cross as the Pastor explains how God created Woman- Delicate, multi-faceted, taking care of all of the little things that completes the man, and the -Two become One. The Bride and Groom then use the 3 golden pegs to lock the union (cross) together in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit as the pastor exclaims that: What God has brought together let no man take apart. Then the Unity Cross is taken home and displayed as a Daily Reminder of your Wedding Day and the Covenant that you both have made.

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Unity Cross

http://shop.getmarried.com/Wedding-Ceremony/

Cord of Three Strands: The cord of three strands symbolizes the joining of one man, one woman, and God into a marriage relationship. http://www.godsknot.com/CordOfThreeStrands.aspx 

DIY – http://www.themakeyourownzone.com/2012/01/homemade-gods-knot-cord-of-three-strands.html


 Feet Washing Ceremony:  A beautiful idea for a Christian wedding.  A  sign of being humble, thoughtful, and willing to serve.  Have a beautiful pitcher with just a little water in it, a bowl, and a sponge. The bride and groom take their shoes off, placed the sponge in the bowl, poured the water on top of the sponge, lightly washed each others feet with the sponge, the dried their feet off with a towel, and placed their shoes back on once they were done.You can get special monogrammed towels to go with it.

Handfasting: Handfasting is a simple and traditional ceremony used in Irish, Scottish, and Welsh weddings, which goes back to the medieval and renaissance period.  It involves the tying of hands together to symbolize the coming together and remain tied together.
http://www.officiantguy.com/handfastingceremony.html

 

Unity Sand Ceremony: a symbolic blending of two different-colored sands into a single vessel. The blending of two different beings, into a single, inseparable unit that is their marriage — the joining of their lives. Hard as it would be to separate out those grains of sand, that’s how difficult it is to separate these two people.  Multiple sand vessels can also be combined to include God or children.
wording optionshttp://www.forthisjoyousoccasion.com/unity-sand-ceremony.html

 

Salt Covenant:  Many cultures consider salt to be the purest of all natural substances. Salt has also been seen as a symbol of other elements of life, such as permanence, purity and good luck. In the Bible, salt is mentioned in the expression “covenant of salt” in reference to the substance’s binding nature.  By pouring the two separate jars of salt together, the couple are totally mixing the grains. It would be impossible to ever distinguish the salt as coming from one person or the others again, much as their commitment to each other before God can never be broken.  (Don’t color your salt, then you can distinguish the grains.)
http://www.weddingsfl.com/files/Covenant_of_Salt.pdf

credit: studio512

credit: studio512

 

Your take on the Sand/Salt Ceremony:  Mix any two items into one vessel.   Are you chefs or have an interesting connection with food? White peppercorns and black lava salt, turmeric and paprika, salt and pepper, cinnamon and sugar.

Hour Glass Ceremony: A take on the sand ceremony but it can be turned on every anniversary.   The idea is that when you put each color of sand in the glass they’re inseparable but not entwined. As time continues on the colors become so entwined they are impossible to part.  http://heirloomhourglass.com/weddingunitysandceremony.html

Water Ceremony:  “as you pour your yellow water into the container you bring sunshine and wisdom to your marriage…as you pour your blue water into the marriage vessel, you bring confidence, trust and loyalty to your marriage.”
http://www.sacredweddingvows.com/wedding-location-ideas/wedding-ceremony/wedding-ceremony-personal-touche/unity-water-ceremony/


“Science” Water Ceremony:   
clear to pink with phenolphthalein
Cat and Andrew came up with a science-based ceremony: “Since Andrew is a Chemist, and a big science nerd. His favorite moment was our special version of a candle lighting/unity ceremony. We each poured a vase what looked like plain water into a large pitcher, causing an instant color change from clear to pink. Magic! (I mean… science!) The audience gasped and applauded, and we were beaming.”
http://offbeatbride.com/2011/04/unity-ceremony-options#.UwpGIM0XtZq

credit: Whitney Lee

credit: Whitney Lee

Tasting of Four Elements: An African-American wedding tradition. This ritual dramatizes the “Traditional” promise to love “for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.” Lemon, vinegar, cayenne pepper, and honey — represent the sour, the bitter, the hot, and the sweet times of marriage.
wording options:  http://www.trystanphotography.com/tips-and-tricks/great-wedding-ceremony-ideas-tasting-elements/


Chocolate Ceremony
: “By sharing  this chocolate with each other,  you promise to always be present for each other, in darkness and light, in sweet and bitter,  in dismal and delicious.” by Celia Milton

German Wedding Cup:  Centuries ago, in old Nuermberg, the nobel mistress Kunigunde fell in love with a young and ambitious goldsmith. Although Kunigunde’s wealthy father did not approve of this pair, it was clear that she only wanted the goldsmith to be her husband as she refused many titled and rich suitors who asked for her hand in marriage. Her father became so enraged that he had the young goldsmith thrown into the darkest dungeon.  It did not end their love, and the father created what he thought to be an impossible task:  “If your goldsmith can make a chalice from which two people can drink at the same time without spilling one single drop, I will free him and you shall become his bride.” The young goldsmith created a girl whose skirt was hollowed to serve as a cup and her raised arms held a ‘much smaller cup’ that swivels so that it could be filled and then swung towards a second drinker.  The  ”Bridal” or “Wedding Cup” remains a symbol; love,  faithfulness and good luck await the couple who drink from this cup.

Red String of Fate:  An East Asian  belief originating from Chinese legend  and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie a red cord around the ankles of those that are to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger.   The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break.

credit: purrincup

credit: purrincup

Tree Planting Ceremony:   Plant a tree together with a little dirt from your childhood home.  An option is to have the parents  water it to symbolize the way they have been an influence in teaching and encouraging  love.  After the ceremony, take the potted tree, and transplant it at the newlywed’s home to symbolize putting down roots, longevity, and strength within this marriage.
http://www.reynoldstreasures.com/tree-planting-ceremony-as-part-of-your-wedding/

Unity Candle for an Outdoor Ceremony:  Get a 3 hook shepherds hook and lanterns to hold the candles.

For an Outdoor Wedding - Hang landerns

For an Outdoor Wedding – Hang landerns

Actually “Tying the Knot
Both the groom’s mom and the bride’s mom can present the couple with a long piece of thick ribbon or cord (2 different colors, maybe your wedding colors) which you will tie in a knot to symbolize the union of the two families. You can also plan to “tie the knot” every year on your anniversary with the same piece of ribbon/cord.

Maybe practice to get it smooth? Do it slow for the photographer.
*  practice tying a sailors knot
* The groom first takes his piece of rope and makes a knot on one end of the brides’ piece of rope. Then, the bride makes a knot on her end of the rope.
* Then you both pull one of your ends, and the knots will slide together and “kiss” creating the knot.
* The fisherman’s knot is the strongest knot known – your  love is its strongest when tied together.

Officiant:
Groom and Bride have chosen to do something unique and special today in tying “the love knot” (maybe tell something about how you plan to do this every year if you like that idea)

(Groom and Bride will be holding these strands for this part of the ceremony.)
Start Tying of the “love knot” (slow for photographer)

Spoken after you tie the first part of the knot
To start the knot, both Groom and Bride must do their part as individuals.

Groom:  As these two strands intertwine
Bride:  So we join, your life and mine.
bride and groom finish tying the knot

Officiant:   spoken after you finish the knot
In finishing the knot, Groom and Bride will understand that only together, and through continued effort can they create a lasting union.

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Truce Bell. A bell is rung on the wedding day, the happiest day of the couple’s lives and then is placed in a central location in the home. If the couple starts to argue, one of them can ring the truce bell, reminding them both of that happiness and hopefully ending the disagreement.
http://www.chaosangel.com/17feb/ceremony2.html#bell

1,000 Origami Cranes:
Since the elegant bird mates for life, it is a popular motif in weddings.  An ancient Japanese legend  promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Some stories believe you are granted eternal good luck,  instead of just one wish, such as long life of happiness or recovery from illness or injury.   The duty of folding 1,000 cranes was initially assigned to the father of the bride who was wishing a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple.  The the meaning and task of folding 1,000 cranes  is now assigned to the bride; symbolic of showing the groom’s family what a patient woman the groom will be marrying.  Couples can also do it together to practice patience, determination, and cooperation.   If you wish to do this, know that on average, brides report investing more than 100 hours over six months.
http://weddingtraditions.about.com/od/MarriageTraditions/fl/Folding-1000-Wedding-Paper-Cranes.htm

Check out:
http://www.wedd101.com/bxh-outline-wedding-ceremony.html
gives a nice ceremony outline, and some examples of symbolic ceremonies.

ideas pulled from and some other ideas
http://offbeatbride.com/2011/04/unity-ceremony-options#.Uwr2C80XtZo

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DIY Projects

I must confess, I have not made any of these DIY projects.  I have just collected a LARGE amount of neat ideas and the links to the tutorial.  ~ Enjoy ~

Hundreds of Ideas… I can’t even name them all… Check out this site!
http://www.favecrafts.com/Modern-Decor

DIY your own Runner:

http://www.weddingbee.com/2006/12/26/diy-aisle-runner
– 36″ wide cotton muslin in length and color you desire.

– A cardboard tube that’s at least 38″ long.- Iron-on adhesive tape
– At least 4 yards of satin ribbon to use as pull cord
– Clear Packing Tape
– Scissors

DIY – petal bumper- petal ribbons

– search ebay “1000 petals” for inexpensive petals from China

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or purchase from Petal Happy

 http://posh-parties.blogspot.com/2011/04/pretty-petals-my-diy-rose-petal-aisle.html

DIY – Dye your Crinoline

– Make sure it is made of anything BUT Polyester

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WW-brides example

http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/would-this-be-to-much/047cccdac0663381.html

how to links: http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/01/10/dyeing-your-crinoline-a-complete-guide/  or
http://offbeatbride.com/2009/02/how-to-dye-crinoline

http://www.ehow.com/how_7162586_dye-crinoline.html

http://reviews.ebay.com/How-To-Dye-Your-Wedding-Slip-Petticoat-or-Crinoline_W0QQugidZ10000000006495651?ssPageName=BUYGD:CAT:-1:LISTINGS:1

DIY – Garter

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sosweetsowild.blogspot.com

http://sosweetsowild.blogspot.com/2012/01/makin-my-thigh-pretty.html

DIY – ruffled chair sashes

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http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/bees-who-sew-need-your-help-with-diy-project-advice

They are made by cutting a circle of fabric into a spiral. Try it out with a scrap piece of fabric in various sizes until you get the length and fullness you want.  More Details on how to create them http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/help-bees-how-can-i-make-these-awesome-038-cute-chair-sashes#axzz2dQPQA0Hh   and  http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/need-help-ruffled-chair-tie#axzz2qIQQmPie

DIY- Wine Glass Candle Lamps

Buy vellum and print a pattern or use a decorative hole punch to create a pattern.  Or buy on-line.

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from save-on-crafts

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/wincanlamfro.html

DIY – colored Mason Jars

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momtastic.com

http://www.momtastic.com/diy/168908-diy-tinted-mason-jars-in-rainbow

DIY – Unity Candle

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blog makezine.com

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/06/how-to_wedding_unity_candle.html

DIY – Cork Ball

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created by CherubinoCrafts

http://www.ehow.com/how_7661596_make-cork-balls.html#ixzz1HFo3VQCo

DIY – String Ball Centerpieces

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jldesigns.blogspot.com

http://www.onestylishbride.com/diy-center/easy-peasy-diy-string-spheres/

DIY – Doily Lanterns

– I suggest using a punching balloon (very round) Hold it shut with a twist tie, deflate, remove and re-use. Don’t know why she would buy so many balloons/balls and pop them

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glamourandgraceblog.com

http://www.glamourandgraceblog.com/2011/diy-doily-lantern/

DIY – Doily & Burlap Mason Jar Tea lights

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craftsbyamanda.com

http://craftsbyamanda.com/2011/01/burlap-doily-luminaries-rustic-meets.html

DIY Tissue Paper Mason Jars

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sold by usedandabused on Etsy

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by 100directions.com

Tissue Paper Mason Jars using wax paper and leaves
http://www.100directions.com/mason-jar-and-tissue-paper-luminaries/

Tissue Paper Mason Jars using Mod Podge
http://www.favecrafts.com/Modern-Decor/Girly-Pink-Collaged-Mason-Jars

Tissue Paper Mason Jars using a Xyron Machine
http://www.100directions.com/mason-jar-and-tissue-paper-luminaries/

DIY Vase – Found objects – Empty Jars

tin can deco diy

brides.com – Ideas for Every Season

Tin Cans

cardstock-jars

Card stock around any jar

crepe paper candles

Martha Stewart centerpiece ideas

Dollar store vases and crepe paper

paint string

Mark Montano

Any empty glass jar, string, and paint

http://www.markmontanoblogs.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-most-popular-blog-this-summerquick.html

DIY – Paper and ornament centerpiece

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x7P9P42TQk
Book from dollar store, ornaments from dollar store – plus glue = $2 per
The size of the wreath itself is appx 28-36 inch in diameter.

(need apprx 120-140 page per wreath may vary based on how large the base is – example is  10 inch diameter)
To use as a table centerpiece, I would recommend hot glueing a round mirror as a base in the center instead of ornament and decorate around the mirror. You can also place a round vase then place your favorite column candle in there. Can use wrapping paper instead of book pages, for a different look.
* example made by tram n.

check out tram’s full post

Tutorial for the rose

DIY – Paper towel roll Wreaths!
Some have coffee filter carnations – Some have paper roses
– check out tram’s post –395371_10100510231823738_244515930_a http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/want-to-share-my-latest-project-with-you-ladies-and-tip-to-save-pic/c707654418893743.html

DIY – Coffee Filter Pomanders – Coffee Filter Roses

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by Heather Gerrity

http://heather-weddingflowersmadeeasy.blogspot.com/2011/08/paper-roses-diy-4-pomander-kissing-ball.html

DIY – Coffee Filter Peony Pomander – Kissing Ball

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by –  holiday-crafts-and-creations.com

http://www.holiday-crafts-and-creations.com/pomander-balls.html

DIY – Coffee Filter Carnation Pomander

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by kbee2011

http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/coffee-filter-pomander-balls

Instructions
www.marthastewart.com/266346/paper-roses

template
http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf3/coffeefilterrose.pdf

Tips / adjustments:
tutorial:

http://alicew.typepad.com/thoughts_from_alice_w/2010/02/somerset-life.html
Using the “staple & big corsage push-pin” method was NOT working. INSTEAD: Use T-pins – No stapling required. Push the T-Pin in the center of the coffee filter, hold the bottom part of the pin that is exposed and with your other hand, slowly squish the filter up and together. Repeat this with 2 more filters on the same pin, for a total of 3 filters per “flower bunch”.
Colored flowers – create a paint bath using acrylic paint, water & a disposable pie tin. Use about a table-spoon of paint – filled the rest of the pie tin with water – mixed it – longer they soak/darker the color

DIY – Crepe Paper Roses

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created by Olivia Kanaley of A Field Journal.

crepe paper rolls and some beads!
http://www.thebridescafe.com/?postID=805

DIY – glitter heels!!!

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by mmarcial619

http://www.weddingbycolor.com/mmarcial619/milestones/164425

Here is the DIY youtube tutorial – for glitter heels
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY6PUf4IQqc

DIY – Glitter Soles

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by Francesca-Restyle Restore Rejoice

http://restylerestorerejoice.blogspot.com/2011/10/diy-glitter-pumps.html

DIY – Tinsel wands.

real exit

wand

http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/08/02/wedding-sparklers-alternative/

DIY – Build a Photo Wall Backdrop

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created by Laura

http://ruffledblog.com/diy-photobooth-vintage-wallpaper-frame-wall-backdrop/

Different instructions – more tips – another example

wall

http://www.weddingbycolor.com/jennyfur

DIY how to build a fake wall with pvc pipes

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http://www.diyphotography.net/diy_studio_equipment_backdrop_stand

http://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-stage-backdrop-or-room-divider/

DIY photos onto canvas

– with White tissue paper & Mod-Podge!

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by Cydney

http://sarahsprojects.blogspot.com/2010/02/wall-art-for-siennas-room.html

Check out Cydney’s example! http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/my-diy-photos-onto-canvas-using-my-first-look-pics/b1f27501cd22296d.html

FREE ~ Printable Photobooth props !!!!

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ohhappyday.com

http://ohhappyday.com/2011/05/photobooth-props-diy-and-free-printable-2/

More Decoration Ideas for a Bride on a budget
http://www.thethriftycrafter.com/tag/99-cent-store-crafts/

SUGGESTED POSTS:  Check out my DIY photo booth post
https://weddingtips101.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/diy-photo-booth/