Unity Ceremonies are used to symbolize the joining of two people, two families, or both. They are a great way to insert a sense of ritual into a secular wedding ceremony and most Unity Ceremonies result in a keepsake of your wedding for you to keep and display. There are many variations on traditional unity ceremonies that can include children and family as well.
If you would like to include a traditionally religious wedding element into your ceremony, but don’t like its religious connotations, we can write a secular version of almost any tradition, no matter its origin. Likewise, if you both share an interest that you wish to highlight, we can create a custom Unity Ceremony around it, at no additional cost.
Unity Ceremonies can be included in Personalized and Custom ceremony options. They are not available for Budget or Elopement ceremony options.
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Unity Ceremony Options
Tying the Knot
Anniversary Wine Box
Anniversary Letter Box
Tasting of Four Elements
Celtic Oathing Stone
Science-Based Ceremonies – volcano, glow, water
Jumping the Broom
Breaking the Glass
Eternity flowers We love this flower laying ceremony from Victoria & Jacqueline’s wedding. “We loved the idea of incorporating the concept of eternity, and we’d tossed around the idea of a handfasting, but we ended up crafting our own ritual. All the guests came forward, picked flowers out of a vase, and laid them in two conjoined circles around us, making an eternity symbol. We placed this about halfway through the ceremony, so we stood in the circles through the rest.”
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.
Sandwich Here are the layers and their meanings:
- Bread: The foundation that represents trust and communication
- Meat: Representing strength from protein
- Colby Jack cheese: Representing two families coming together like the mixed cheese
- Tomato: Rachel says, “Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? It’s technically a fruit, but it’s still weird and confusing… so tomatoes represent conflict.” HA!
- Lettuce: Pulled from the head, it represents the dreams they share
- Mayo and mustard: Adding flavor and excitement to the marriage
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.
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Celtic Oathing Stone: “The couple holds or puts their hands on a stone during their vows to “set them in stone”
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.
Tasting of Four Elements
Adapted from the Yoruba tradition, it is said to represent the promise to love your partner “for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.” Vinegar, lemon, cayenne pepper, and honey are traditional choices used to represent the bitter, sour, hot, and, of course, sweet parts of life and a new marriage. Here is an example of how the ceremony is spoken…