Unity ceremony is done to mark the union of two separate families, and two distinct individuals who are the bride and groom, becoming one. This union is perceived to be indivisible. The perfect example used to signify the unification of two people is the combination of colored grains of sand popularly known as the unity sand ceremony. Once combined, no one can ever manage to separate the different colors and this symbolizes an inseparable union.
But other than the unity sand ceremony, there are different ways of symbolizing the unification of a bride and groom. Here are some fun unity ceremony ideas you may want to consider.
1. Unity candles ceremony
This method of symbolizing merging of two people has been around for quite a while. It involves the bride and groom each lighting up a candle using one main candle. It is a romantic practice that you can personalize and make it unique in your wedding. But this is a ceremony that may not work so well outside.
2. Love notes
The other alternative is to write each other a love letter and then lock them up in a box which you’d only open on the day of your anniversary and read to each other. This is a great alternative if your church doesn’t allow you to perform the unity sands ceremony. You can even combine it with the wine ceremony.
3. Unity Water Ceremony
Unlike sand which can give you different layers of color, water will mix together completely. But there are certain liquids that can achieve that layered effect. Make sure you experiment with different liquids until you get a combination that suits your wedding colors.
4. Unity wine ceremony
This is a rather new concept but wine can also be used to show merging of two people during a wedding ceremony. You can have red wine and white wine, mix them up and then both of you (the bride and groom) can drink from the shared container. This ‘drinking from the same container’ is known to symbolize togetherness.
5. Flower unity ceremony
For a long time, roses have been used as a symbol of love and they can be a perfect feature in a unity ceremony. Family members of the bride and groom can take part in the flower unity ceremony. Each person can get a rose, may be of a different color. The bride and groom can exchange their roses before putting them in a vase and family members can also add their roses on the vase. You can use any other flower that has a symbolic meaning to you.
6. Releasing butterflies/doves
The other romantic unity ceremony idea is to trap a bird or butterfly and then releasing it together while whispering a promise.
You can even decide to get two padlocks and lock them together then throw away the keys. There are basically so many choices when it comes to wedding unity ceremony ideas. It’s up to you to decide what you like most.