Many couples getting married choose to personalize their wedding by incorporating a unity ceremony. A unity candle is what one thinks of most but there are a number of other options that have the same meaning. Customarily these are performed immediately following the exchange of vows and rings but occasionally they will take place earlier in the wedding. Soft music is often played during this time.
The sand ceremony is a modern and unique alternative to the unity candle. You and your groom pour a different color of sand into a clear container. Each color represents your past lives as individuals and the blending of the sand provides the visual representation of your coming together as one. This is a perfect opportunity to include children and other family members if you choose to. As each person pours a different colored sand into the vase, they are making a commitment to become one family.
The cross ceremony is beautiful way to celebrate the joining of two people. It is most often used in church weddings. The outer portion of a multi-pieced cross represents the groom and the inner portion, the bride. When put together, the pieces form a beautiful cross which represents your togetherness in marriage through God. Once the cross is assembled, it is placed on a stand on which your names and wedding date have been inscribed.
The love letter ceremony is one in which you and your finance write letters to one another before the wedding telling each other why you fell in love. During the wedding ceremony, the letters are placed in a wooden box to be opened at a later date, usually on an anniversary.
Rose ceremonies are a lovely addition to any wedding and are another alternative to the unity candle. A single red rose has always meant “I love you.” Occurring before the final prayer and marriage pronouncement, you and your groom exchange two red roses which symbolize both your first gift to one another and your love for each other throughout your married life.
Although a unity ceremony is not necessary in order to symbolize the joining of two people, it is a beautiful and meaningful addition to any wedding.