Looking for a unique alternative for a unity ceremony?
Our personalized “Message in a Bottle” Ceremony is a fun addition to the lineup. The Message in a Bottle ceremony allows the bride & groom to collect their family and friends Blessings, Advice and Messages in a wonderful way.
During the ceremony the bride & groom place their own secret messages from each other in a bottle. We also show their guests how to complete their messages and explain about how to use the 3 bottles on the back table when the ceremony is finished.
The couple will display all 3 bottles labeled with the year to be opened in a place of honor in their home. Opening each one at the appointed year and reading all the loving messages and advice their family & friends left for them on their wedding day.
Your family and friends will have a great time writing a loving message for the happy couple and no matter what bottle style you use it is a beautiful keepsake.
You can chose to purchase the supplies online or make them yourself. Ask Samantha about the options available to you, she may be able to supply all needed items for you.
Instead of using sand, small jars labelled with each family member’s name holds their favourite candy, sweet or whatever you want to call them.
Every family member has their own strengths, wishes and hopes and their chosen candy represents those differences.
The act of layering the candy is also a symbol of the different members of the family bringing their own unique flavour to the mix.
When the family member is asked to combine their candy into the ‘Us’ or ‘Family’ jar it is symbolic of the compromises that need to be made, but also how life is all the more sweet and exciting when families come together and share what they have with each other.
And it's delicious!
Here is where the bride and groom get to show their sweet tooth in the colour they like best.
Creating a beautiful keepsake to display for all to see and remember their wedding day.
Celebrate your marriage with an age old tradition! Couples often planted a tree where they watched it grow over the years. There still remains wedding trees older than 70 yrs.
Include your children or parents in this delightful ceremony. The unity of the family is seen as your loved ones add soil to the potted tree & you finish the ceremony by both watering the tree together. The officiant explains to your guests how the tree & the essence of your marriage must remain strong, & flexible, & deep rooted. Using the metaphor of the growing tree to your marriage is perfect.
No one knows how or when this ancient Chinese custom began. Locking your love is the ancient custom of symbolically locking one's love on a never-ending chain. You can forever lock your love with beloved. For those who wish to symbolize their enduring love. Each one locks their heart padlock to the other's and slips the locks onto a chain or ribbon that creates a never ending circle. Then tie the keys to a separate ribbon attached to 2 helium filled balloons to be released into the sky, thus uniting your love for eternity.
This is a beautiful and meaningful unifying ceremony that symbolized the joining together of the Bride and Groom, or the blending together of their families. This is a great ceremony to include your children in the actually ceremony.
Vow Oath Stone Embrace this old European tradition. The Bride & Groom place their hands upon a special & decorated stone while saying their wedding vows. Taken from the ancient Celtic custom of setting an oath in stone
Each of your guests can select a small smooth river stone to offer a blessing or wish over & then place in a container for the couple you’re your blessings & to display as a keepsake.
A Love Letter Wine Box exchange is a romantic ceremony that will enhance your wedding and serve as a lasting reminder of the commitments made to one another. Heart felt letters, encapsulating your thoughts and feelings are locked away to be revealed several years into your marriage. A distinctive way to celebrate your love for one another.
The Celtic style using 3 cords that you braid & both add your own magical energy into. You can add charms & feathers or anything that has meaning to you. You can choose the colours of the cords that have a spiritual representation to you. There’s no end to how creative you can be together.
A modern version using 7 ribbons of selected colours. After placing each the ribbons between the couples fingers (Palms together) & explaining what the colours mean as well as asking a question of the couple for each ribbon, all the ribbons & gathered together & tied into a knot.
Each member of the wedding party is given a sea shell to hold representing their unique individuality and their presence at the wedding. During the ceremony, the Officiant will ask each person to make a special silent blessing or wish over the shell after which the shells are collected into a decorative container symbolically joining family and friends, through the couple, into one.
Another old ceremony usually done at the end of the wedding ceremony. The jumping of the broom is symbolic of the leap of faith a couple takes entering marriage and also can be used to symbolize leaving the past behind and jumping into the future. In modern times it is seen as a symbol that both Husband and Wife will share the domestic chores. This ceremony can also include blended families. The Bride & Groom jump the broom first followed by the children.
The Unity Cross® is a multi-piece sculpture that is assembled by the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony, representing how the two become one. The two crosses are locked together by the three pegs that represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This unique and beautiful sculpture can be displayed in your home as a lasting reminder of the covenant you made on your wedding day. This is the newest most unique idea for wedding ceremonies today.
The Unity Heart is a beautiful symbol assembled in the wedding ceremony, illustrating how two hearts destined for each other become one. It is a lasting reminder that will be placed in the couple’s home reminding them of how two hearts entrusted themselves to each other and now they beat as one. The beauty about adding the Unity Heart continues as a symbol in your home long after the ceremony.
The Unity Heart ceremony can be adapted for non-religious or a Christian faith based script, however if you choose to have it the sentiment is beautiful!
Build a delicious marriage foundation with a Unity Sandwich.
Choosing the ever-popular sammich can be the ideal metaphor for your marriage.
As it has been recently realized the sandwich is the perfect analogy for a relationship.
All ingredients are compatible but different and are supported on a nourishing foundation.
A list of each of the ingredients making up the couples sandwich with the meaning behind each ingredient on how it relates to their relationship.
After the couple completes putting their one of a kind sammich together it is time for them to "Take a Bite"!
This unity ceremony can truly be a meaningful and humorous way to celebrate your marriage.
To symbolize the bonding act of marriage the bride & groom will be creating a marriage candle.
Each has chosen a colour of wax to represent them.Each brings to the candle a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination.Your wax beads have created a candle and when it is lit & the wax melts, it further melds & bonds together and now it is the heart from which this candle burns.
This candle is also called a candle of Commitment because it takes two people working together to keep it aflame.
In the Hawaiian language the word “Aloha” is threefold in conversational exchange.
It means hello, goodbye and love.
Literally translated, aloha means to share the spirit of life, one’s breath, with one another.
The giving of a Lei is an expression of Aloha.
When two people promise with Aloha in their hearts to share the adventure of life, it is a beautiful moment that they and all of us who are present today will always remember.
This is also a great ceremony to include your children or parents.
Couples who enjoy cooking together or enjoy flavorful spices might consider this unique wedding ceremony tradition of blending spices to demonstrate a healthy and well-balanced marriage. The tradition gets its roots from the Middle East. Several bowls or pouring vessels are placed before the bride and groom, each containing a special spice. You then take turns scooping or pouring a bit of each into a small pouch or central vessel, creating your own spice blend that you can keep and use to season your future meals together. If placed in a vessel you can layer the bottom with salt and the top.
Tasting the Elements is a wedding ceremony tradition taken from the Yoruba culture whereby a bride and groom are asked to taste four elements.
As the couple tastes each item, a commentary is read as to how the taste of that element relates to marriage.
It is said to represent the promise to love your partner “for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.”
The couple animates as they taste each item. Ranging from bitter to sweet.
The animation of the bride and groom, as they taste each element, is what brings this fun option to life.
This is a traditional Spanish/Latin American ceremony. But it can be adapted to fit any couple desires.
The symbolism of the 13 gold coins in this ceremony is that the groom recognizes his responsibility as a provider, and pledges his ability to support and care for his wife. Acceptance by the bride means taking that trust and confidence unconditionally with total dedication and prudence.
The couple uses the making of guacamole to signify their joining together today as one. With each ingredient used to make the guacamole being compared to the unity in their marriage.
"We will call it “The Holy Guacamole Ceremony”
A recipe can be symbolic in the same way: After all, you're mixing up the best ingredients for a marriage!
To symbolize their equal partnership the happy couple takes turns adding each ingredient until it was perfect.
It is a Jewish custom to end the wedding ceremony with the breaking of a glass.
I give an explanation for the tradition before the groom stomps on the covered glass.
As the glass is broken, I invite everyone to shout “Mazel Tov,” which means “congratulations and good luck.”