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Looking for ideas for your wedding unity? These wedding ceremony ideas are unique and memorable!
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30 Memorable Wedding Ceremony Ideas
1. Cord Of Three Strands
2. Sing Your Vows
Do you and your fiance sing or play an instrument? This would be a meaningful way to showcase your talents! You could sing your vows to each other, or sing a song together that is special to you both.
3. Rose Ceremony
Wedding ceremony ideas are often just for the bride and groom. A rose ceremony is a special way to incorporate family. You hand each other roses first, and then hand out roses to each other’s family. You could include just the parents or the entire family. After all, it takes a village, right?
4. Tea Ceremony
Tea ceremonies are common among Chinese weddings. Traditionally, this isn’t done during the actual wedding. However, you could still incorporate this during the actual ceremony. Read more about tea ceremonies here.
5. Combine Spices
Do you both like to cook? You could combine spices together to create your own mix. Create a large batch to hand the mix out as favors to your guests. Wedding ceremony ideas don’t have to be… bland.
6. Unity Candle
Unity candles are classic among wedding ceremony ideas. Have two candles that combine into one larger candle. Keep in mind to already have the two candles lit before the ceremony starts. Also make sure that all the candles have been pre-burned before, since a new candle is harder to light.
7. Group Unity Candle
The group unity candle is an alternative to the unity candle. Instead of just the two of you, include all your guests in lighting a candle. It symbolizes that everyone is committed to helping the marriage. Just make sure to check that your location allows open flames.
8. Paint A Canvas
Put up a painting that’s painted except for one small detail. This could be a cross, a letter, or something meaningful to you. During the ceremony, finish the painting together. Afterwards, you can hang it up in your home!
Wrap a ribbon or rope around the bride and groom’s hands to symbolize “tying the knot”.
10. Sign Your Marriage Certificate
You will eventually have to sign this anyway. Signing the marriage certificate would be a very literal unity ceremony!
11. Create A Time Capsule
You could include things from the wedding day such as programs, vows, or favors into the time capsule. Otherwise, you could put things that are meaningful to you both!
12. Anniversary Box
Similar to a time capsule, this is a box that you would open again in exactly one year. You could include a bottle of wine, a letter to your future self, etc.
13. Sand Ceremony
This would involve pouring different colored sand into a container. You could get a bigger container, so every time you go somewhere new with sand, collect it and add it! The sand can be on display and still be something you add to after the wedding!
14. Release Doves
This symbolizes the beginning of one journey together. This one requires a bit of planning since you’d have to find a vendor who sells these specifically for events.
15. Love Letters Box
You could have written love letters to each other put into a box to read at a later date. You could also let guests write little notes of encouragement and put those in as well!
16. Share Wine
Have a special bottle of wine? Drink it together as your unity ceremony! You could drink from the same cup or engraved wine glasses.
17. Create A Mixed Drink
Similar to sharing wine, except you could create a cocktail together. If it’s a specialty drink, you could even share it with your guests.
18. Salt Ceremony
The bride and groom would pour two different containers of salt into one. Read more about the meaning behind a salt ceremony here.
19. Stone Ceremony
Give each guest a small stone to hold onto when they’re being seated. During the wedding ceremony, have your guests say a wish or blessing and put the stone into a jar.
20. Plant A Tree
This could also just be a potted plant so it doesn’t get too messy. If you have a large enough plant, guests could write little notes to you and hang it from the plant! Maybe the messiest of wedding ceremony ideas, so be careful not to spill dirt everywhere!
21. Feet Washing
All you need for a feet washing ceremony is a bowl of water and some towels. Feet washing is meaningful in Christian weddings. Include some information about it in your program to explain the to guests who may not know the meaning.
22. Release A Sky Lantern
Get paper lanterns to release together into the sky. This would look beautiful especially if it were dark outside! Release just one between the two of you or have your guests release them as well.
23. Ribbon Ceremony
Write a note on ribbons and then tie it to a wooden pole during your unity ceremony. You could have it from just from you and your spouse, or you could include family as well. During the reception, you could open it up to guests to write notes for your marriage!
24. Have A Toast
Similar to sharing wine, except this time, include all your guests. Give your audience a drink so everyone can toast to your marriage. A fun way to include everyone, and a fun way to get the party started early.
25. Unity Cross Ceremony
This cross has two pieces that come apart. During the unity, the bride and group would fit the two pieces together, creating one cross.
26. Water Ceremony
Combine water from two cups into one. You could add food coloring to create a different color when mixed together!
27. Perform A Dance
No need to wait for the first dance! If you two have a special dance, show it off during your unity ceremony.
Take communion together for the first time as your unity ceremony. If you want to include your guests, distributing these pre-filled communion cups and wafers would be simple. However, keep in mind that some guests may not be comfortable taking communion with you.
29. Rings Ceremony
Pass your wedding bands in a bag for each guest to hold. They can say a wish or blessing. Of course, this involves some trust with your guests. Have someone in your wedding party watch where the rings are at all times.
30. Group Prayer
Similar to the rose ceremony, a small group prayer would be a nice way to include family. It could be done with just you and your spouse, or with the parents as well.
Do you have any other wedding ceremony ideas?