From sand to science: 14 unity ceremonies to symbolize your new partnership #Ceremony Advice#anniversary-unity-box#ceremony#salt ceremony#sand ceremony#unity candle#unity ceremony#unity cocktail Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Apr 18 2011) Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin Behold… the UNITY SANDWICH! Photo by Patty Michels Photography Unity candles, unity sand ceremonies, unity salt ceremonies, unity cocktails, and even the UNITY SANDWICH! Rachel and her groom decided that the ever-popular sammich was the ideal metaphor for their marriage. Unity ceremonies are a great way to symbolize the bringing together of two individuals into one partnership and, at times, the blending of families. Here are a few of my favorite unity ceremony options — a few you've probably seen before, two will require protective eye-gear, and a couple even involve science! Unity candle Unity candles can be good for two or a whole family of people! Emily says, "We decided to light a unity candle to symbolize how our lives were going to burn close together from now on." Salt covenant Centered Ceramics came up with a salt ceremony. It works just like a sand ceremony, but the salt egg can become a fixture in your kitchen and used daily. Sand ceremony When Claudia and Eddie got married, they brought together their children as well. So each family member had a colored sand that represented themselves and they combined them all together. Related Post Glaciers, puzzles, and beermosas: 10 offbeat unity ceremonies we adore 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... Read more Your own take on a sand or salt ceremony What about taking the same concept of the sand ceremony but adding a personal spin… Celebrant Jessie Blum explained, "I love all things spiced and spicy — my husband is a salt fiend. So we did our own twist on a sand ceremony and poured white peppercorns and black lava salt!" Bread breaking ceremony Photo by Shannon Michele Photography Nicole and Sean shared a bread breaking ceremony: "The bread was from my favorite local baker, and was sweetened with honey butter I made from local organic honey." Handfasting Handfasting, or tying your hand together to symbolize the joining together in marriage, is very popular on Offbeat Bride. Water ceremony Photo by Whitney Lee Cat and Andrew came up witha science-based ceremony: "Since Andrew is a Chemist, and a big science nerd. His favorite moment was our special version of a candle lighting/unity ceremony. We each poured a vase what looked like plain water into a large pitcher, causing an instant color change from clear to pink. Magic! (I mean… science!) The audience gasped and applauded, and we were beaming." Tree planting ceremony Tribe member Sneff and her husband planted a tree together during their ceremony. Similarly, Mina and Adam planted an Evergreen sapling, as a symbol of their love. Eternity flowers Photo by Maggie Winters We love this flower laying ceremony from Victoria & Jacqueline's wedding. "We loved the idea of incorporating the concept of eternity, and we'd tossed around the idea of a handfasting, but we ended up crafting our own ritual. All the guests came forward, picked flowers out of a vase, and laid them in two conjoined circles around us, making an eternity symbol. We placed this about halfway through the ceremony, so we stood in the circles through the rest." Unity cocktail Unity cocktails are an Offbeat Bride favorite. We have an entire tag devoted to the them. Wine lock box ceremony Sarah and Todd did what they called a wine lock box ceremony. "Instead of a unity candle, we did a wine lock box ceremony. We sealed love letters and a bottle of wine into a box. Our officiant was thrilled to use the 'making of wine' as a metaphor for marriage. I LOVED getting to hammer nails in the middle of the ceremony." The photo above is from Flickr member Dirt2Mud's wine box ceremony. She explains, "The bottle was picked specifically as it should age well and be at its peak around our 5th anniversary when we will open the box. We also bought special break-resistant stemware." Unity painting/art-making A painting ceremony has been brought up by a few of our brides. From a unity finger painting to Tribe member Zombiefrog Bunny's painting of concentric spirals, creating art together is a good way to honor your passions and your new partnership. Welding ceremony Sarah Joy and Joseph are both pipe fitters so they had a welding ceremony. Warning: only to be attempted by trained professionals! Unity volcano Photo by Jon Bolden Kaci and Roy had a unity volcano — you know, that awesome science fair project! We have SO many more ideas for you — pages and pages of them! Thanks to all the amazing offbeat brides who brought us all of these ideas, now to the rest of you… what unity ceremonies did I forget about? Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS Crash weddings around the world without leaving your seat NEXT Emily & Rush's relaxed folksy musical wedding Show/Hide comments [ 103 ] I love the hometown soil idea, especially as his is a vibrant red clay. It may be a bad idea in the end for us as we'd have to smuggle his Aussie or my American soil into the other country without Customs confiscating it. :O Reply My husband and I (both Christians) did a feet washing ceremony, and used pitchers of water presented to us from each set of parents. I loved the symbolism of serving each other. Reply I once read an article written by a minister who performed a wedding where the couple had a chocolate sharing ceremony as a unity ceremony: http://wordarrangement.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/guest-blog-celia-milton-on-chocolate-sharing-at-your-wedding/ Reply I love so many of these ideas! I'm not fond of a unity candle since I've seen it go poorly in the past. Long story short, it wouldn't light (probably a drafty room), but then the marriage ended shortly there after. I'm not usually superstitious, but it has made me hesitant to do one at my own wedding. I love the water pouring, salt, hand binding, and tree planting ceremonies! It's so good to know that I don't have to do a candle or sand if I want to do a unity ceremony! Reply Husband and I literally tied the knot. He's a sailor so we picked up two pieces of rope and tied them together. We now have our knot in a shadow box with our vows behind it. Reply We did a Uni-tea Ceremony. One pot had one flavor tea, which my dad drank from. Another pot had a different flavor, which husband's mom and dad drank from. They poured the rest of the tea into a third pot, which husband and I drank from. We liked the symbolism of taking into ourselves part of our families, a sort of blending of the two lines. Reply It didn't quite go according to plan, but I still love our "unity candle"… we chopped a zombie head together 🙂 http://youtu.be/iZA7JFrkZVc Reply Hi guys! The fiance and I are big history/political buffs, and wedding will be americana themed. Any idea on how we can incorporate that? Maybe write the vows on old-timey paper and wax seal initals as stated above? We also lovel traveling together and crossword/brain puzzles. Thanks in advance! Reply My groom and I are going to be doing a Unity in Glass ceremony and I'm so excited about it! We purchased glass crystals in our wedding colors which we'll pour together as you would in a normal sand ceremony. After the wedding, we'll send the glass crystals back to the glass artist and he will make it into this really cool sculpture! If you haven't heard of it yet, definitely check it out! http://www.unityinglass.com/ Reply Oh my gosh! Someone else thought of this too??? We are totally doing a unity volcano- just like the people in the picture! We have lab coats and safety glasses. The lab coat should help not getting anything on my dress 🙂 Reply You forgot Unity Glass http://lvlevents.com/creative-unity-wedding-ceremony-idea Reply Wow, I love all of these ideas!! I just might do some of them at my up coming weddings ! Reply We are doing a UniTEA ceremony! Reply We are using the "Virgin White" liquor from the Six and Twenty Distillery (whose own story is based on a local love story from when this area was only trading posts and British colonial stakes) and putting it into a tiny cask to age for six months and then transferring it to a bottle to be sealed until our 25th! Reply My fiancé loves to fish, so we're going to be tying a fisherman's knot. The symbolism is that this is the strongest knot and the more you pull on it the tighter it gets, symbolizing that any relationship struggles will only make your union stronger. We plan on then displaying the knot in our bedroom as a reminder that we can make it through anything. Reply My husband grew up in Washington state; I grew up in Iowa – but we both grew up out in the country near creeks. For our sand ceremony, we combined sand from the banks of those two creeks. It's not super pretty, but the combination of the sand means a lot to us! Reply Love this! Reply Read more comments ‹ 1 2 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! 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