A unity ceremony with glass and 2100 degrees of heat: you're going to want to see this #Sponsors#ceremony#gifts#salt ceremony#sand ceremony#unity ceremony Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jan 27 2015) Catherine Clark bijouxandbits This business paid a fee to be listed on Offbeat Bride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. Emily and Nick combine their custom-colored crystals before it becomes something else entirely — Photo by Trevor Dayley Crafting a ceremony can be tough as hell. We know this. When it comes to making the ceremony extra meaningful, we often find couples choosing a unity ceremony to seal the deal with something symbolic. But what if I told you that you can take your unity ceremony to a seriously higher level by creating your own custom, totally unique, piece of artwork derived from the ingredients in your unity ceremony… and that it will last forever? Just choose your colored glass crystals, the style of sculpture you want, add 2100 degree molten crystal… and get ready to lose your shit. Let's see how it's done with our sponsor, Unity in Glass. Yep, some colored crystals can become THIS! So how does this whole concept work? You select what you'd ultimately like to have made from your unity ceremony — a glass sculpture, vase, or bowl (OMG someone get the scalloped infinity bowl and show us!) Select the colors you want — they recommend at least three, but you can choose eight or more Unity in Glass will ship the glass crystals to you in individual packets You combine the crystals in whatever way makes sense for you and your ceremony, most likely sand ceremony-style You'll ship the newly mixed glass crystal color mixture back to the artists at Unity in Glass so they can work their creative mojo with your custom ceremony goodies Unlike a candle or sand, Unity in Glass can also make additional items (ornaments, paperweights, other items you can pull from your imagination) from the remaining glass crystals for gifts to parents, children, or close friends What is this magic that happens after the mixture is sent back? The artists over at Unity in Glass (Lee and Morgan — that's Lee above working the glass like a boss) use 2100 degree molten clear crystal, incorporating the colored glass from your ceremony, to create your final product. The process takes about three to six weeks after the crystals are received back in the studio. Unity in Glass is also featured in our Offbeat Vendors guide! Real talk: is it affordable? We're talking a custom-made piece of art that you'll be keeping forever, so it's going to run more than your average sand ceremony materials. But then again, that sand doesn't get transformed into stunning crystal! You'll be looking at between $300-700 depending on the style. The craftsmanship in these pieces is truly inspiring and having this for yourself (or for a gift!) will be well worth the cost. Plus, conversation starters galore. Photo by Trevor Dayley Bonus for Offbeat Bride readers OFFBEAT DISCOUNT: Get a complimentary fused glass pendant made using your glass colors as a gift from Unity in Glass. In the order form comment box “details or comments about color” enter phrase: OffbeatBride2015 Pendant Now that you've seen the future of unity ceremony keepsakes, it's time to take the leap and go choose your colors and start planning what you'll wear with your new glass pendant. Let us lead the way… Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS How to tell your family that your wedding will be adults-only NEXT Diana & Dale's horror movies meets zoo wedding Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] We did this at our wedding and absolutely LOVE.LOVE.LOVE seeing our beautiful sculpture every day! We had a country music themed wedding, so as we were pouring the class crystals together, we played the song "Glass" by Thompson Square. It was seriously PERFECT. Also, Lee is so amazing to work with. It's so obvious how much he cares about his work and his customers. I would highly recommend Unity in Glass to any couple that wants to do something unique for their unity ceremony! Reply We did this too! I looove the end result. It almost looks too classy to be on our mantel: http://imgur.com/XUvzqfd I'm almost tempted to see if we can get the fluted bowl with our leftover crystals for an anniversary… Reply This is an awesome idea!! Now if only they could do this with a broken glass from a Jewish ceremony. I still have the shards of our glass sitting around, 4 years later, and haven't been able to figure out how to make them into something pretty! Reply Of course people do that! We got ours assembled in a cube like this http://www.judaism.com/wedding-glass-cube/dp/GCCAB/?nt=DH and it's terrific and beautiful! Never sit and sigh "if only" without even trying a Google search. Reply Wish this was around when I got married! It would have been cool to have the glass from my wedding done up like the examples on the website! Reply I did find those. They really aren't my taste. The art in this post is much more to my liking. Believe me, I googled for weeks and talked to a lot of independent artists. The best I've come up with is a hand made kaleidoscope made by a artist who sells in Pike Place Market (I live in Seattle). But it still isn't quite right. Reply I wish to perform this type of dreams during my wedding ceremony. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. 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