Wedding day is a magical event and both the couple and the invitees are excited and happy because the two lovers celebrate becoming one. The Unity Ceremonies are therefore perfect to add more meaning and symbolism to your marriage ceremony. Some of them are considered to be an important part of the traditional wedding, depending on the religion and nationality of a couple. However, if you do not want your wedding to be traditional and yet you want it to be interesting and meaningful, you might choose the unity ceremony that seems best for you. Let’s introduce you the most common Unity ceremonies – the unity candle and the unity sand ceremony!
The Unity Candle – the most common and quite expected part of the Christian wedding ceremony. Both the bride and the groom take lit candles and simultaneously light the third (commonly larger) one, known as “the unity candle”. If they blow out their individual candles afterwards, they show their guests that they accept losing all the individuality once they entered the marriage. Therefore, modern couples tend to leave those candles in order to show they will not lose their individuality in their love unity. Nowadays, personalized unity candle sets can be ordered with the names and the date, so they can be a keepsake from one of the most important they of your lives.
The Sand Ceremony – the most common alternative to the unity candle ceremony. The bride and the groom have two smaller containers filled with different colored sand. They pout their sands into the third container and the colors of the sand intermingle. The symbolism is obvious and romantic – once gathered, the bride and the groom could never be separated, just as the sand could never be separated into the two distinct colors again. This ceremony is the perfect choice for interracial or international couples, because it represents the never-ending joining of two lives, two people, two families and two cultures.