Glaciers, puzzles, and beermosas: 10 offbeat unity ceremonies we adore #Ceremony Advice#anniversary-unity-box#ceremony#unity ceremony#unity cocktail October 22 2015 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits The happiest log-cutting ceremony ever. Photo by Kristen Marie Photography Related Post Hows about a little chemistry with your unity ceremony? A 5th grade science activity can make a meaningful and exciting unity ceremony! See what happens when one couple decided to conduct a unity ceremony... Read more Unity cocktails, unity wine boxes, unity candles, unity science projects, and even unity sandwiches — damn we love us some uniting! We've rounded up a few of our newest offbeat unity ceremonies for your own ceremony schemes (including Keith and Corianton's lumberjack-inspired ceremony above!). Let's see what offbeat couples have been dreaming up. Beer unity ceremonies Photo by Story Photographers Meghan and Kristian also rocked a frosty mug for their unity cocktail. Unity box letters Photo by Erika Monaco Makenna and Yvonne decided to include surprise letters from their wedding party into their unity box ceremony as an added bonus to when they open the box later. Elemental ceremony Related Post A unity ceremony with glass and 2100 degrees of heat: you're going to want to see this What if I told you that you can take a unity ceremony to a seriously higher level by crafting up your own custom, totally unique,... Read more Karen and Frank's elven-inspired wedding featured a little ritual: an elemental unity ceremony. They utilized the elements of fire, earth, air, and water during their wedding, which fits beautifully with their other-worldly theme. Hand-washing ceremony By: jusu – CC BY 2.0 Offbeat Bride reader Adrianne informed us about a special unity ceremony she did with her partner: a hand-washing ceremony with a bowl of water and flowers. Vow-burying ceremony Photo by Photos by Miss Ann Related Post From sand to science: 14 unity ceremonies to symbolize your new partnership A friend recently asked me for some unity ceremony ideas. She already knew about sand ceremonies, but she wanted some different suggestions to symbolize the... Read more Tara and Landon exchanged vow books, which they read silently, and then adapted their unity ceremony from an Australian stone ceremony. The couple buried gemstone hearts (Tara's was rose quartz, Landon's was jade) in the glacier, symbolizing the bond of their marriage lasting through the ebb and flow of time. D'aw… brrrr. Tree-planting ceremony Photo by James Fear Sarah and James planted a special tree to honor their love: Out in the woods, our celebrant did a blessing for us and we read our own vows before all of our guests tied a ribbon to a "wishing tree" and made a wish for us. Then, despite the horrible weather that day, we went out into the fields and planted our own cherry blossom tree. Some of the important women in our lives read "Thoughts In A Garden" by R. Gerhardt which was really fitting for our service. We can go visit our tree each year on our anniversary. Unity puzzle Photo by JP Langlands Clara & Justin had a Vesica Piscis puzzle for their unity ceremony, in which they placed each of the pieces together. Unity blanket suture Photo by Cat Norman Let's hear how Megan and Tom linked up blankets, surgery, and grandma: My grandma gave me a baby blanket 27 years ago and when I went to live in Prague, I cut it in half, giving Tom one half and keeping the other. On our wedding day, we symbolically sutured the blanket back together with Tom's tools (he's training to be a surgeon). Grandma loved it. Want more unity ceremony ideas? 8 of our favorite alternative unity ceremonies including one that nets you a permanent piece of art We've talked about lots of alternative unity ceremonies before, but we've got even more we wanted to collect and share with you to get your brain buzzing. This time around,… Read More 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 Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Executive Editor. In her spare time she 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 baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Boxed candy place cards: a sweet way for guests to find their seats NEXT Everything you need for a rad confetti bar Show/Hide comments [ 3 ] Sorta considering a handwashing ceremony just because I can't get my ring on my finger unless it's wet (the jeweler remembers me as "the girl with the knuckle"). But that's probably not a great reason to choose a particular unity ritual! ^_^ Reply My husband and I did a salt ceremony. We both loved the symbolism of salt and the idea of creating an unbreakable covenant with each other by mixing salt together (in times long past, some agreements were sealed by mixing salt, and the idea was that only when you could find and retrieve your own grains of salt [not possible] could the covenant be broken). After our wedding, we had so many people come up to us and tell us how much they loved it and how moved they were by it! One of my bridesmaids even said she was stealing the idea for her own wedding 🙂 We wrote our own ceremony and had our officient use the following wording for our salt ceremony, which we performed after we read our vows and exchanged our rings: "The exchanging of rings and the reading of vows has seen that [Groom] and [Bride] are now bonded in matrimony! Friends, family, please stand as this couple – new in holy union – joins me in something a little different: a salt covenant. Salt is a simple mineral, but it's also a divine substance. We often take it for granted, but think of all the amazing things salt can do: it can season, cure, and seal. It can flavor, purify, and preserve. All very important elements in a marriage. Salt is precious and symbolic of incorruptibility and permanence. And a covenant of salt signifies an everlasting – and unbreakable – bond. See, in biblical times, salt was used to seal contracts. Each person would bring with them a bag of salt, recite the details of their covenant, and then mix the grains of salt together. From that moment, the only way the contract could be broken is if both people could identify and retrieve their own individual grains of salt – a feat that is, of course, impossible. So once the covenant of salt is spoken and made, as it has been today, it is bound on earth and recorded in heaven. [Bride and Groom]: Just as these grains of salt are forever joined together, so too are your hearts and your lives." Reply We pulled the Master Sword from Ocarina of Time out of a Pedestal of Time that my husband built. And now the sword hangs on our wall. 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. 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.