Our unique blown glass alternative to a sand ceremony may take some extra measures for your guests to fully understand our unity ceremony idea.

by Heidi Simmons

You're selecting the most elegant option for a unity ceremony.  Now, how do you best explain what's going on to your guests?

When Lee Ware developed this concept, using some creativity and expert glass blowing skills to preserve memories from your wedding day, he left out one thing.  How do you precisely, convey what’s going on to your guests?  They’ve all seen a unity sand

unity in glass sand ceremony alternative ideaceremony, and a unity candle, but how do you best explain that, as part of your wedding, that you are actively participating in the very first step of creating a keepsake of a lifetime?

We’ve heard that guests have been extremely curious about this exciting process.   We’ve created a few ideas to help explain exactly what is going on for your guests.

    1. Include a little more info in your printed wedding program specifically about the Unity Ceremony.
“Unity Ceremony” JoAnn and Robert, as a symbol of their love, are combining glass color crystals of amethyst, aquamarine, and ivory.  After the wedding, their glass artist at UnityinGlass.com will complete a commissioned piece of glass artwork, exclusively for them.
2.  'A photo is worth 1000 words.' Show them what the final piece will look like! Download, print, and frame one of our high resolution photos and display on the table along with your Unity in Glass crystals during the wedding. 

Photo Credit: Alex Kaeslin http://www.alexkaeslin.com
Order an 8 x 10" professional print directly from Shutterfly here or download a high resolution photo here for printing on your own printer.  (These high resolution downloadable/printable images are copyrighted by Unity in Glass.  We give only our clients permission to use them for personal use.)
3. Perhaps work the high resolution photo into your programs?  We'd love a shout out for the work. 
4. Want to be SUPER-inclusive? Some couples have shared with us that they’ve reserved one color for ALL of their guests to add to the mixture. If you choose to do this, (it's tricky!) we recommend that you designate one person to oversee the entire operation—They will explain to each guest what is going on, how much to add (just a pinch or spoonful), and to move the color from the entrance to the alter at the right time.  Do keep in mind the TOTAL volume of color that we send is about 1 ¼- 1 ½ cups in volume after mixing-  so the volume for the guests will be small.  Maybe just a pinch or so each. 
5. What are you plans for Unity in Glass at your wedding? Please share your ideas with everyone on our Facebook page

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The Glass Alternative to a Sand Ceremony or Unity Candle

by Lee Ware

We've developed a different unity ceremony concept that is unique, lasting, and something to display in your home, forever.

It's Unity in Glass.  Instead of sand, you'll be combining your color selection in the form of glass crystals that are specially formulated for glass blowing.  The crystals themselves are beautiful, and will compliment your wedding.  

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Beautiful and Practical Aspects of Displaying Unity in Glass at your Wedding

by Lee Ware

Couples, who choose Unity in Glass as a unity ceremony, are upgrading their wedding to the most unique and elegant ceremony option available.  The creative couple can further the artistry of Unity in Glass and make it even more personal by how they display the glass crystals before and during the ceremony.  In this article, we’ll cover the aesthetic aspects as well as the practical aspects.

Before the wedding, the individual colors of the glass crystals that you’ve selected will be held and displayed in individual containers.  During the wedding, they will be combined into a common container as part of the ceremony.    You don’t have to have an individual container for each color, by any means.  Some of our couples have selected four different colors, but only wanted to display them in two containers.  You can premix colors together, or even elegantly layer the colors into the individual containers. 

Crystal champagne flutes are a beautiful option to hold the individual colored crystals. These can sometimes be borrowed from the parents or grandparents adding the symbolism and sentiment of “together forever” or couples can purchase new ones as part of beginning their new life together.  (Or even borrow display containers from the venue in the case of a destination wedding for added convenience!)


Another very practical option is to purchase small, glass, votive candle holders. These come in many shapes and sizes.  Tall slender bud vases are a great option and work well to hold the individual colors prior to the ceremony.  The height of bud vases and champagne flutes elevate the crystals, helping to make them visible from a distance.   (if there are small price tags on the bases of the containers that you buy, please remember to remove these before the wedding.  These tags have been suspect and seem to steal the show in a few wedding photos..)

The central vase or container that the crystals are mixed in, during the ceremony, could be borrowed from a parent, close friend, or grandparent as well.  Your grandmother will be beaming with delight to have her favorite cut glass crystal bowl or vase used during the ceremony.   Remember, we’ll just be borrowing these during the wedding.  After the wedding, just the unified glass crystals need be returned to Unity in Glass.  A practical note on the common vase that you’ll be pouring into:  Make sure the opening is large enough for easy pouring.  An opening that is too small could result in crystals being spilled.  The final mixed volume of the crystals is about 1 ¼ to 1 ½ cups.

We’ve had couples even share with us that they’ve included the entire list of wedding guests to join in on the unity ceremony.  They’ve invited guests to add a “pinch” of the crystals from bowls, to each of the couple’s individual containers, as they’re entering the venue for the wedding, while signing the guest book.  Having an assistant to explain and help is mandatory in this very inclusive option.  The options really are limitless.

Want to include the unity ceremony portion as part of your rehearsal?  A previous couple let us know that they used different types of dried beans and peas as stand-ins for the different colors of crystals for the rehearsal.  Perfect. 

At Unity in Glass, we’re always excited about new ways to display our product.  Please let us know your ideas!

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