Unity ceremonies are a pretty common part of a wedding ceremony, however, it’s rare you see something other than the traditional Unity Candle or Sand Ceremony performed.
Today, Brides and Grooms are getting much more creative when it comes to the unity portion of the wedding ceremony. Today, I’m going to share 4 Unity ceremonies you probably never heard of.
The Blanket Unity originated from an American Indian tradition, and represents the comfort and love the Bride and Groom will give each other during their marriage.
How it’s performed: Each are first individually wrapped in a blue blanket or quilt, and the Officiant states that the blue color represents the couple’s separate lives. The blankets are then removed, and both Bride and Groom are wrapped in a single white blanket. The Officiant then states the color white symbolizes the Bride and Groom’s dedication to filling their new lives with peace and happiness.
Peanut Butter and Jelly
I’ll bet you never saw that one coming? I sure didn’t, but have to admit, the name may be odd, but what this unity represents is unparalleled. Why peanut butter and jelly? Because they go so well together, just like you and your spouse-to-be!
How it’s performed: The Bride and Groom Head over to the PB and J table where a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is waiting for them. As they feed each other a bite, the Officiant explains that just as you can’t separate the peanut butter from the jelly or vice versa once the two pieces of bread are joined together into one sandwich, so the couple is also joined as one.
Blending of Wines
The blending of a white and red wine symbolizes that the same hard work and nurturing required to make a successful wine is also required for a successful marriage.
How it’s performed: This Unity is a lot like a sand ceremony. The bride and groom hold a different bottle of wine, and at the same time pour the wine into one glass.
This Unity is a way to honor the Christian faith, symbolizing God’s design for marriage to include God, man and wife.
How it’s performed: The Groom holds a metal ring with 3 attached strands of rope (usually gold white and black to represent the Groom, God and the Bride), and the Bride braids the ropes. The officiant explains that Marriage takes 3; God, the Bride and Groom, and that by keeping God at the center of the marriage, His love will continue to bind the couple together as one throughout their married life.
Do you have a favorite Unity Ceremony? Tell me all about it below!