UNIQUE UNITY CEREMONY IDEAS





How to decide on a unity ceremony that fits your wedding day



One of the things I love best about a wedding day is seeing the creative way couples incorporate a personal unity ceremony. I think it is so special to have those symbolic, tangible moments that represent your commitment to each other and reflect your relationship. There are a lot of opportunities to personalize your wedding and this is a great chance to create a memorable moment for the rest of your lives. There are a lot of great traditional wedding unity ceremony options for those couples looking to keep things more classic such as lighting a unity candle, pouring sand into a container or an hourglass, and tying a knot with a string. All of them have beautiful and sentimental elements that can be included in a ceremony.





FUN AND UNIQUE CEREMONY IDEAS


PLANT A TREE OR PLANT

The first wedding I ever photographed was Suzanne and Peter’s wedding at Dixon’s Apple Orchard in Cadott, Wisconsin. They each brought soil from their parents’ homes and used that dirt to plant a tree that was later planted in their yard. I love this idea in particular because the tree will forever be a reminder of their day and their commitment to each other. It’s also a beautiful sentiment of two families joining together and is also fun to watch the tree grow throughout the years.





BUILD A BOUQUET

At Tiffany and Dan’s wedding, they wanted to include their families in the unity ceremony. They had each of their invited family members contribute a rose to build a beautiful bouquet. It was so special seeing their closest loved ones all come up to the front to contribute to their big moment. Plus the bouquet can be dried and kept to be a cherished keepsake from their ceremony.



CREATE A COCKTAIL

For those couples looking for a fun, modern take on a wedding ceremony – I’m all about creating a cocktail together during your unity ceremony. Or even just pouring a beer or a bottle of wine into two glasses and having your first cheers together as husband and wife seems so cute and special to me.


PAINTING A CANVAS

Ok, I haven’t witnessed this one in person but I think the idea is so neat! I’ve seen examples online (I’ll admit it – I have a Pinterest addiction) where couples have different colors of paint in small containers and together pour them over a canvas to create a piece of art that can be hung in their home to forever showcase their commitment to each other. I’m obsessed. Please one of my couples do this!





CREATE YOUR OWN UNITY CEREMONY!

When my husband and I got married almost two years ago, we wanted to do something we had never seen anyone else do for our unity ceremony. We had already been living together and also knew we wanted to eventually get a fun sign for the end of our driveway. So, we made that into our unity ceremony! Each of us hung an end of the sign on the arch at our ceremony and it was the first time it was ever hung up. Now it is at the end of our driveway, greeting us as we come home every day and reminding us of our dedication to each other and our family. Shout out to the local Minnesota company Uptown Woodworks who made our personalized sign for us. Photo by Callie V Photography.





LET'S TALK ABOUT IDEAS FOR YOUR BIG DAY!

I love helping couples brainstorm ideas for unity ceremonies, decor, timelines and other elements of their big day. Email me and let's starting thinking about how to make your day uniquely you! You can find me at: jen@jennifermarenphotography.com