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A fun alternative to the traditional unity candle ceremony, the unity masterpiece is exclusively symbolic to the love it represents. Powered by innovation and your indubitable creation, these custom canvases are yet another way for couples to commemorate their union as husband and wife.
Featuring a multitude of designs – drawn from both contemporary and vintage styles – these fine art photographs are printed on canvas and professionally stretched over a substantial 16×20 inch wooden frame. With styles to match any wedding theme or home décor, each design is available in 3 versions to match your preferences:
- vow writing prompts of “I promise to”,
- declaration of your love with “I love you because”, or
- with no text at all so your creative freedom can take the driver’s seat.
Using a standard fabric or paint pen, which can be purchased at any local craft store, brides and grooms may take turns during the ceremony writing their vows, sharing their feelings or simply signing their names as a symbolic declaration of their love. The paint color and text is truly up to you. Feel free to use multiple colors that compliment your wedding décor and if your vows are too long write, don’t be afraid to do some leg work beforehand and save something simple for the ceremony.
Write gently and fluidly as if using a normal pen. You may write with canvas lying down or set up on a sturdy easel and be sure to leave ample time for it to dry before handling.
Then, after the wedding – rather than being boxed away like typical unity candles – unity canvas masterpieces are meant to be displayed in your home and admired by all throughout the years. You’ll easily see how this growing trend becomes an instant focal point in any setting… especially since you are allowed to be the artist of your own masterpiece. Check out all available designs below, as well as the instructional how-to video:
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May 10, 2011
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A few months back, I started to see quips on wedding sites about Ring Warming Ceremonies. At first, I was like, “Whaaaaa?”… considering the title alone could ensue a schmillion different outcomes, but over the course of time, I’ve come to realize, the more I read about them, the more I love about them!
Ring warming ceremonies are a growing trend among many couples who are looking to have a more interactive ceremony with their guests. Generally working better for smaller, more intimate ceremonies, the concept of a ring warming ceremony is simple and sentimental.
Before your ceremony begins, have the officiant announce to your guests that your wedding rings will be making their way around the congregation. Then, during the service, as they weave in and out of the hands of friends and family, each guest will have the opportunity to hold the rings briefly and either silently say a prayer, blessing or thoughtful wish for your union. Then, by the time they make their way back to you for the vows, your wedding rings will have all your friends and family’s love stamped on them!
I mean, come on! How stinkin’ cute is that?!? Of course, this would be a wee bit more difficult to do at a really large wedding, but as always, that would be at the discretion of each couple.
And, if you like the idea of having a very interactive ceremony but worry about your rings getting dropped or lost, consider placing them in a small bag or tying them together with fabric.
It’s most def a growing trend and can be a wonderful way to make all of your guests feel as though they’ve actively participated in your union. No matter what you decide, just remember to always stick to the golden rule… and make it all about you! Hehe ;)
May 7, 2010
Other things may change us, but we start and end with family. ~ Anthony Brandt
It’s no secret that I love my family… inexplicably loyal, loving and all kinds of uncanny, my family is the number one reason I am who I am. And while I know the love I have for them is nothing new in theory, I also know our makeup is unlike any other. Like all families, ours is unique, and as the saying for one of my fave fast food spot’s (Arby’s!) goes, “different is good.”
So, I consider it to be one of America’s finest qualities that different… is exactly what we got! This is especially the case when it comes to families! There is just about every type of family you can imagine… your family, my family, his family, her family, big family, small family (whoo! I feel like Dr. Seuss!)… you get the point. There’s no such thing as “the norm” when it comes to defining a family.
A few summers back, the Mister and I attended a wedding for a second-time’s-a-charm couple in Illinois, and while some couples choose to downscale their second wedding, Samantha and Todd did it up to the nines! Love love loved their day, but I especially love love loved the way they made their marriage about their entire family and not just themselves. They wanted to make sure their children – both from previous marriages – understood the importance of their role and the true significance of being a single family unit… not just a couple with step kids.
During the ceremony, they actually used our 4pc. Sand Ceremony Unity Set, and it worked out beautifully! While traditionally speaking, the unity candle is directed by a couple lighting a central pillar using tapers pre-lit by their mothers, the unity sand ceremony let’s others join in the fun! Hooty hoot!
They were able to let their children pour in their favorite colored sand into their engraved, center vase. By pouring all the grains in together, it became the ultimate symbol of “what God has combined, let nothing divide”… cause Lord knows nobody would want to separate all those grains!
Congrats and love to all families – regardless of their flavors! Because at the end of the day, we all have potential to be the perfect blend :)
March 3, 2010