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 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
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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An Artist's Notes on Individual Colors with Unity in Glass

by Lee Ware

While it’s the combination of colors that make each piece special, we will try to break down each color and talk about some of its individual characteristics.  We love the concept that the couple is kicking off the creative process of making the final glasswork.  The action of combining the colors is the first step in the artistic process and it takes place on a day to remember. 

As mentioned in our  Gallery of Color article, we particularly like at least three colors; two main colors and a third highlight color.  Each order is hand packed, so we can easily adjust volumes up and down, within the total amount of color glass crystals we send to our clients.   Glasswork containing up to 7-8 colors can be very nice too, with a general rule of thumb, to avoid the super dark colors like deep blue, jet black, and gemstone ruby.  Of course, if you do want one of these colors, reducing the volume of it substantially compared to the other colors is wise.  Not sure how to do that?  Just tell us in the comment section on the order form “comments or details about color”, “reduce the jet black substantially” or “jet black at 5%”, or something similar.  Don’t be shy about making tweaks in color volumes.  This is how you can further customize and make the final glasswork, uniquely yours.

We will talk about “major colors” and “highlight colors” in this article. What we mean by a major color, is one where we send more volume of that color, vs a highlight color, which will be sent in a smaller volume.  For example, Pure White can be a major color when you request and we send a larger volume of it compared to the other colors.  It can be a highlight, if you request we send a small portion of it, meaning less white, and in general, more volume of the other colors.

One more thing—there is very little blending of the colors in the final glasswork.  If you want purple, don’t select red and blue and then expect purple.  Just go ahead and order the purple.    Our Aria Series Vase may be most prone to some blending.  It gets two coats of color when we are making it.

The following list is long.  Perhaps jot down which colors you think you might like first, and then focus on our comments about those specific colors below.  Stop.  Write down your list.  Got it?  Ok. Proceed. 


  1. Red. Our red is a fantastic transparent, medium toned red.  Possibly a little bit on the orange side of red, but definitely a nice red.  It’s great as a major color in the glasswork.  It’s not a great “highlight” color as it can sometimes get washed out in small volumes.    I’m personally not a huge fan of both Red and Deep Blue, being major colors in the final glasswork.  If they’re a couple, our of 5-8 colors, that’s ok.  Just red and deep blue alone are a difficult mix to get just right.  The red crystals appear a bit “orangey” but they do shift to a more true red upon heating.
  2. Sky Blue. This is a gorgeous, light and highly transparent blue.  It’s delicate and light transmission through it is beautiful.
  3. Citron Green. Our citron is a lemon/lime color, with a hefty dose of lemon in it.  Do expect to see some yellow coming from it in the final glasswork.  If you want a truer green, do consider our emerald green.
  4. Emerald green. Not too light.  Not too dark.  It’s a perfect balance of a true green.  The crystals themselves are gorgeous and reminiscent of raw uncut green emeralds.  A customer flying from the Caribbean was questioned closely to see if she was smuggling emeralds.  We take that as a compliment.  They are gorgeous.  With the emerald itself, we use a proprietary blend of 2 emerald colors.  This mix is unique to us.
  5. Deep Blue. It’s a gorgeous cobalt blue.  It can be rather bossy in the final glasswork, we prefer the ability to adjust its volume, compared to the other colors.  Equal amounts, in crystal form of deep blue, say, compared with sky blue, would end up with a sculpture or vase that looks mostly deep blue.  We often send much less of the deep blue, compared to the other colors to help balance this out in the final glasswork.  If you like a nice cobalt blue, this is the color for you, for sure.   It works well as a highlight color too—perhaps 5% or even less.
  6. Aquamarine. This is a fantastic blue.  Not too light.  Not too dark.  Very medium toned  and gem-like.  One of my favorites, for sure.    The aqua though, when used with yellow, will create a small fringe of olive green/grey where the 2 colors meet. It’s specifically a chemical reaction between the two and is unique to the two.  I personally really like it, but if you do have these as two of your colors, do expect some olive/grey to appear.  For a couple with “chemistry”, this may be perfect. 
  7. Yellow.  Following up with the Aqua, the yellow is a reactive color that will make an olive grey fringe of color where the yellow and aqua crystals touch in the final glasswork.  The yellow is super bright and pretty, but it does have a slight murkiness to it.  It’s extremely slight though.  If you love yellow, don’t hesitate to use it.
  8. Orange!  Who knew I would become such a huge fan of orange.  It’s beautifully transparent and super bright.  It works well as a major color, and it’s a true delight as a highlight color.  If you want that little pop of color in your piece, consider orange as a highlight.  I think I’d be very happy with a final glass piece made totally of orange.
  9. Pure White. In crystal format, the pure white is absolutely gorgeous.  In the final glasswork it’s translucent, possessing both characteristics of a transparent and an opaque.  This works great as a major color, but it’s usually used as a highlight color. 
  10. Ivory. It’s classic and gorgeous.  Couples often use ivory highlights in their mixture as a reminder/link to a classic ivory wedding gown.  It’s beautiful.  The crystals are a bit “darker” of an ivory,  that you’ll see in the final glasswork.  In the glasswork, it loses a bit of its yellow tone and transforms to a beautiful off white.
  11. Amethyst Purple. Absolutely perfect if you’re a purple fan.  Highly transparent and gem-like.  This is one of my favorites.  They crystals themselves have a slight bluing tone to them, but transform into a gorgeous purple in the final glasswork.
  12. Tuxedo Grey. It’s gorgeous and masculine.  Highly transparent and just a beautiful medium grey in the final glasswork.  The crystals themselves look like a dark charcoal, but they mellow out in the heat (2100 degrees!) of the glass becoming a very medium toned grey.
  13. Jet Black. A classic.  Super sleek in the glass.  Masculine and refined.  A little jet black though goes a LONG ways.  We’ve had some couples express to us that it didn’t meet their expectations when used along with other colors in equal amounts.  For example, equal amounts of jet black, aquamarine, emerald green, and sky blue—all together in the mix and equal, will result in a sculpture or vase that is mostly black.   I love the black as a major color with white, ivory, and grey.  Consider using volumes of  5-10% only,  of the black, if you want it in the mix with brighter more colorful tones.
  14. Brilliant Pink. Love this color too!  The crystals are pink, but they really intensify to a medium bright highlight transparent pink in the final glasswork.   Very medium intensity.  Not too light. Not too dark.  Not too bright. Not too pale. 
  15. Deep Teal. Thinking about a peacock color themed wedding?  Well, we must have some deep teal in the mix.  Not too dark, yet a beautiful blue green color.  I think it’s probably one of our most overlooked colors, yet one of our prettiest. 
  16. Gemstone Ruby. This is a very dark and deep cabernet red.  It has some characteristics of black in it, with a beautifully deep red tone.  It’s not terribly transparent.  It’s a great “highlight” volume, sometimes used along with our standard red as a major color, yet we’ve also seen it also work remarkably well as a major color when specifically mixed along with tuxedo grey, ivory,  and just a slight touch of jet black.


Not seeing the color you’re looking for?  We do keep a stash of other colors in our ‘secret box’.  Just send us a request and describe what you’re looking for.  We will do our very best to find a color or combination that works just right for you.

Remember to read our article “Gallery of Color” to see more examples and combinations that are used in the final glass work.

How to order “major” and “highlight” volumes?  In the comment box “comments or details about color” you can say things like “all colors in equal amounts, with just a touch of the jet black” or “Emerald 20%, Sky Blue 20%, Deep Blue 20%, and the rest Pure White”.  Don’t worry about getting too specific or perfect.  The artist reviews each color combination prior to shipping and will offer suggestions if needed.


We’d really LOVE your feedback on this article.  Did it make color selection more confusing?  Did it add clarity?  Was it worth the read?  How did it affect your color choices?  We want to make the process of picking colors very easy, with more importantly, we want the final glasswork to be exactly what you had in mind when making the initial selection.

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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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