Start fresh on your wedding day with this hand washing unity ceremony #Ceremony Advice#ceremony script#unity ceremony April 28 2015 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride By: jusu – CC BY 2.0 Offbeat Bride reader Adrianne informed us about a special unity ceremony she's doing with her sweetie. We just had to share it with ALL y'all… We are doing a hand washing ceremony, I think it's going to be very meaningful. Here's how… Hand washing ceremony Couple approaches a table with a glass bowl of water and two hand towels. Having flowers or lemon slices floating in the water is a nice touch. Officiant: Today, in front of your family and friends, you start your life together anew as a married couple. As with any new endeavor, it is best to start with a clean slate — putting problems big and small behind you. You come acknowledging that the person you have chosen is not perfect, yet fits with you in a way no other person can. Whatever difficulties you may have experienced, today you have decided that your love is bigger than any of them, and you have chosen a life together. Water brings forgiveness and we all need forgiveness. We need to forgive others and we need to forgive ourselves. Officiant: As you wash your hands in this bowl of water, forgive yourself and each other for any pain in the past. Allow yourself to be forgiven for your human imperfections. Couple washes their hands. Related Post Wedding vows for blended families: Kids say, "We do, too!" Over the years, we've seen lots of really lovely ways to include children in blended family weddings, but we've never featured the vows that were... Read more Officiant: Allowing yourselves to have your hands dried by each other signifies your vulnerability. And we have to be vulnerable — it breaks through isolation and in our own vulnerability, we become more caring and understanding of our mate. In a loving and compassionate marriage, to achieve the greatest intimacy, you must have the courage to be open and vulnerable to each other. They dry one another's hands. Officiant: Do you begin your lives together with grace and compassion? Couple: We do. Then transition into vows. Anyone else participating in a ceremony that symbolizes a fresh start? What are you doing? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS Dog ring bearers and a group walk down the aisle at Marcia & Zach's Maine beach wedding NEXT 7 creative wedding ring sets that'll charm your pants off and take your stress away Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] Love love love this idea. Reply This is awesome….so luv this idea! Wondering if it would work for the 3 of us drying of hands that is. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 Reply This is an absolute amazing idea! Personally as I am not a relgious person and I am planning on writing my own vows. I would incorporate this into the vows… Maybe saying my vows as I am drying his hands, placing the ring on after drying then vice Versa… Would this be a silly idea? Thoughts? Reply Ashley, nothing is silly. When it feels right for you, go for it. it is your day, your moment. Reply Speaking of Unity Ceremonies, does anyone have a great idea for wording/script to use during a Unity ceremony where the Bride and Groom imprint their hands in clay. Any symbolism that would work well with imprinting the hands and marriage? Thanks! 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. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 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. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.