We're guessing you've probably heard of the unity candle lighting ceremony, or maybe even seen it a few times. It's a traditional Christian wedding ceremony ritual that involves the couple lighting one large candle from two smaller family candles lit by the mothers.
The ceremony represents the bringing together of two families and the bond of the newlyweds. The unity candle tradition is tried and true, but if you're looking for a new way to symbolize your marriage here are five awesome ideas you'll love.
1. Tie The Knot Together
The term “tying the knot" comes from the tradition of handfasting where the couple's hands were bound together with a scarf or rope. Give it a modern twist with some sturdy rope that can become a keepsake once the ceremony is over.
There are a few ways you can really personalize this alternative unity ceremony. For example, use soil from each of your childhood yards or water from a meaningful location (think: from a nearby, frequented lake) and pour them in the pot together.
3. Box Up Your Favorite Alcohol
We love the idea of boxing up wine that can be enjoyed for a milestone anniversary, but if wine isn't your thing, go for your favorite spirit like whiskey or gin.
Write each other a few different love letters to be opened at different anniversaries or milestones. For example, you could write them for your first anniversary, when you become parents or when you enter retirement together.