You, Me & Unity: Trendy Ceremony Ideas

The entire reason for your wedding ceremony is to come together and officiate two lives becoming one.

In traditional ceremonies, the couple would take two tapered candle sticks and light a unity candle to represent their vows of commitment. Thanks to Pinterest, new brides and grooms have taken this opportunity to make their unity ceremonies unique to their own love story. Check out some of my favorite ideas that envision a trendy take on this tradition:

TYING THE KNOT

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Planning some nautical nuptials? Consider tying a fisherman’s knot with your beau-to-be. It represents two beings uniting & being able to weather any storm. The idea goes beyond two pieces of material coming together, though – knots become even stronger under pressure. The rope itself would break before the fisherman’s knot comes undone, symbolizing your love and strength through any trial or tribulation. Frame or hang your knot in your home to always remind you of the promise you made.

You’ll Need: Knot-Tying Knowledge + Fisherman’s Rope

 

PLANNING A TREE PLANTING

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This tradition is so sweet. The couple may pot a plant, or  (a safer option for that beautiful white gown) simply water a tree that will later be planted in their backyard. They say “life without love is like a tree without blossoms.” By conjoining your love and effort, something beautiful will grow. This is perfect for nature lovers and eco-friendly minded couples alike! Will you plant an orange tree or a fir? Pot your tree in soil from your hometowns or your favorite places in the world.

You’ll Need: A Tree of Your Choice + Soil + A Pot + Watering Can

 

YOUR SAND IN MARRIAGE

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Merging sands is a touching unity ceremony alternative with a special focus on family. By pouring in two different colors of sand, you’re symbolizing blending into one another’s families and creating your own. Choose your favorite colors or sand from your favorite beaches and pour two separate vials into a glass photo frame or a larger vase. This is ideal for a beach-side big day!

You’ll Need: Three Vases + Two Vials of Sand

 

WINE BLENDING BLISS

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A super unique new unity trend involves blending red and white wines! This is a sentimental ceremony for a couple that is living proof of the opposites attract phenomenon. The bride and groom each choose a wine {red + white} with some sort of significance – maybe the year, vineyard or simply the taste. By blending the wines, it would be impossible for either liquid to go back to their original color or taste. This represents an unbreakable bond between two individuals that are now eternally one.

*Getting to drink mid-ceremony is just a tiny bonus

You’ll Need: Red Wine + White Wine + A Wine Decanter

 

Letters of Love

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What’s sweeter than white wine? The heartfelt words from your soul mate. During a love letter ceremony, the bride and groom write each other letters to open during their first argument. They each hammer a nail into a customized box that contains their love letters. The officiant advises the couple to open the box any time the newlyweds doubt their marriage and take time to reflect on what brought them together. It’s an ensuring way to seal your love into the ceremony and allow your written vows to outlast the day.

You’ll Need: Bride’s Love Letter + Groom’s Love Letter + A Box + Hammer + Nails

YOUR CEREMONY CAN BALANCE BETWEEN TRENDY & TRADITIONAL – NO MATTER WHAT UNITY CEREMONY YOU CHOOSE, YOUR LOVE AND LOYALTY FOR ONE ANOTHER WILL LIGHT THE WAY INTO A HAPPY MARRIAGE.

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{Photography: Sarah Jayne Photography, Hudson Couture, Pinterest}
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