Adding unity ceremonies to your wedding are a wonderful addition to any ceremony and are a way to add layers of meaning to your commitment.
Here are a few examples of some favorites with unique origins from around the world.
The Unity Candle is one of the most common ceremonies. The bride and groom each take a lit candle and light a third larger “unity candle” at the same time. They may blow out their individual lights, or leave them lit, symbolizing that they have not lost their individuality in their unity.
Hand-fasting 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 remaining tied together. This is where the saying “Tie the knot” originates.
When they arrive, each guest is given a stone to hold during the ceremony. Each stone is then blessed with all the love and good
wishes that the guest imparts to it. After the ceremony, all stones are placed in an attractive dish to be displayed in the new couple’s home.
The couple holds or puts their hands on a stone during their vows to “set them in stone”. It is believed that this is where this phrase originated.
The bride and groom write letters to each other and place them in a small wooden box along with a bottle of wine. The bride and groom then seal it. The box will be opened on an anniversary or in times of strife so the bride and groom can remember what brought them together. It is also nice to add other keepsakes such as items from the wedding, photos or other meaningful objects.
The bride and groom both pour different colored sands into a third vessel. It symbolizes the unity of marriage. Once the sands have blended, they cannot be separated.