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Ceremony Alternatives to Unity Candles

Sep 26, 2012 08:43PM ● By Anonymous

Rose Ceremony. In the language of flowers, a single red rose symbolizes true love. In this ceremony, the bride and groom exchange red rosebuds, acknowledging the symbolism of the flowers. In some cases, the couple chooses to also give their mothers a red rose as a token of love and respect.

Chinese Tea Ceremony. Part of the Chinese tradition, the tea ceremony demonstrates respect and appreciation for their families. In the past, the bride served tea privately to her own family before the wedding, but it's been adapted to include both families in the ceremony held immediately following the wedding. The newlyweds serve pour tea, first serving the groom's parents, followed by the grandparents. The ceremony is then repeated for the bride's family. Each guest takes a sip of tea, and then places a red envelope containing gifts for the bride and groom.

Sand Ceremony. Nearly as popular as the unity candle, the sand ceremony features the bride and groom each holding a different color of sand in a vase. They alternate pouring layers of colored sand into a shared vase, representing their separate lives, and then finish by pouring sand at the same time to symbolize their joined lives.

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Wine and Chocolate Ceremony. Who doesn't love these two culinary treats? In this ceremony, the bride and groom both sip from a wineglass to represent sweetness and celebrations, and then take a bite of dark chocolate, which signifies bitterness and dark days. As a married couple, you'll both experience sweetness and dark days, but it will strengthen your bond as husband and wife.

Wine Ceremony. You could skip the chocolate and stick to wine. The bride holds a glass of white wine while the groom holds red wine. They each sip from their glass, and then pour it into a mutual vessel, creating a rose wine, symbolizing the blending of two hearts to become one.