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Mika
Expert November 2013

Unique Ceremony Rituals

Mika, on June 17, 2012 at 6:16 PM

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Neither of us really like unity candles or pouring sand, but I'm sure there are tons of other rituals that people do, right? What awesome thing are you doing during the ceremony?

Neither of us really like unity candles or pouring sand, but I'm sure there are tons of other rituals that people do, right? What awesome thing are you doing during the ceremony?

36 Comments

  • Aimee R (formerly Aimee B)
    Super September 2012
    Aimee R (formerly Aimee B) ·
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    Kimberly M. we are going to do a take on that as well but use rum and get one you nail shut. I like the photo op with a hammer! Smiley winking

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  • Colleen
    Dedicated July 2013
    Colleen ·
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    We are doing a beer ceremony! Same concept as sand but he's German and I'm Irish so it seemed fitting! Smiley smile

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  • T
    Just Said Yes September 2013
    Tamera ·
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    I am doing the wine box love letter, however I am setting my wine bottle out pre ceremony with white sharpies for everyone to sign instead of a guest book... then the best man will place the bottle in the box during the ceremony before we nail it shut :-) Meshing two pinterest ideas into one :-)

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  • FMC
    Master June 2012
    FMC ·
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    We did a ring warming, a hand ceremony and the last kiss with our Mom's.

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  • Michele
    VIP July 2010
    Michele ·
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    My husband and I did a salt covenant. It was very meaningful to us, and something our guests said they had never seen done before.

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  • Mrs V (Roe)
    Master August 2013
    Mrs V (Roe) ·
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    Ester I love the unity cross ceremony. Where do you obtain the cross?

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  • Rae
    Master October 2012
    Rae ·
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    We're doing a ring blessing so we'll put the rings in a little basket or bag or something and pass them around to each guest to "bless" and then by the time they make it back to the front, we can exchange them.

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  • NowI'mMrs.B.
    Super April 2013
    NowI'mMrs.B. ·
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    We're doing the hands ceremony - I love the wording for it.

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  • Chantelle
    Expert September 2012
    Chantelle ·
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    Our wedding has a lot to do with wine because it is Italian themed...We are doing a wine unity ceremony. I will have a small carafe of white wine and he will have a small carafe of red wine, then we will each pour our wine into one wine glass and both take a drink out of it. We are also doing the wine box love letter.

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  • Sara
    VIP May 2013
    Sara ·
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    We haven't planned the ceremony too much. We don't like the unity candle or sand ceremony. I want to do the mother's last kiss, especially since my wedding is the day before Mother's Day. I would also ocnsider doing the wine box if FH is on board.

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  • Andrea
    VIP May 2012
    Andrea ·
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    We did the wine box ceremony. My DH gets sent out to San Francisco quite often for work. We went to Wine Country many times while he was out there with the goal of finding the perfect bottle of wine for our ceremony (it had to taste really good and age well for at least five years). Since we're both big wine lovers, the wine box ceremony seemed perfect for us. The night before the wedding, we both wrote love letters to one another which listed the reasons that we fell in love and why we wanted to marry each other. At the ceremony, our minister put the letters in the box, and we sealed it with sealing wax.




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  • Cyndi K
    Master August 2012
    Cyndi K ·
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    We're doing a hand ceremony and since it'll be super hot out we're doing a private sand ceremony into our shadow box frame (the sand will fall behind our pic). We're doing it with our family and WP while our photographer takes pics. We just wanted to get our elderly guests out of the heat asap and then we'll put it on the guest book table when we get to the hall.

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  • Ester C
    VIP July 2012
    Ester C ·
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    @Rowena - I got it from a site called shopinspiration.com.

    They have all sorts of differnt colors you can pick from and they come with a beautiful wood base that has a little drawer in it and it comes with a little plaque they engrave. It also includes cards you can pass out to your guests explaining the meaning and a guide for your officiant as to what to say.

    http://shopinspiration.com/For-Your-Ceremony_c3.htm

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  • Mrs V (Roe)
    Master August 2013
    Mrs V (Roe) ·
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    Awesome!! Thank you Ester, I just may be changing my unity ceremony.

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  • A
    Just Said Yes August 2013
    Amanda ·
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    Sorry for the bump! But the FH and I have spent the last year teaching in Korea and we'll be using a piece of our Korean friend's wedding we attended while we were here. I don't speak Korean so I don't know what the officiant said during the ceremony, but I'll describe what we'll be doing.

    Our ritual will basically go like this: The parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. of the bride and groom sit in front of everyone else in special seats. Then, during the ceremony, the officiant will talk about the joining of two families, and the importance of loving each other's families. Then the groom's family will stand and the bride and groom will go up to them. The groom presents his bride to his family, she bows to them and then hugs and kisses them, etc. Then they go over to the bride's family and she presents her groom. He bows, then hugs, kisses, etc. the bride's family.

    We like it because it's short and sweet, but very meaningful and representative of our time in Korea. Smiley smile

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  • Marianne
    Just Said Yes December 2013
    Marianne ·
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    We used the sand ceremony but with a difference.

    Each of my 6 bridesmaids were given a heart shaped rock, and a word. For example: compromise. The bridesmaid then read out her definition of compromise and a short poem and handed us her rock.

    After which we then made our vows to each other pertaining to that word. (we chose love, honesty, compromise, friendship, trust, loyalty).

    We placed each rock in a large cylindrical jar.

    After all six were done "marrying" us, he had a tall vase of sand from a beach in Mexico, where we had holidayed, and I had a matching vase of sand from a beach in South Africa (I'm South African).

    We added those both into the jar. It's lovely because our bridesmaids were very much involved and it gave a twist to the sand ceremony.

    We have it in the centre of our fireplace. (don't worry we don't use said fireplace...)

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