Unity Ceremonies are used to signify the joining of two people or two families. There are many variations on traditional unity ceremonies that can include children, extended family, and friends.
New Traditions has a wide range of choices including a Sand Ceremony, Water Ceremony, Wine Ceremony, Wine Box Ceremony, Salt Covenant, Jumping the Broom, Circling, Knot Tying, Handfasting, Science-Based ceremonies and more!
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Tying the Knot
Anniversary Wine Box
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.
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…