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
ceremony, 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.
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.
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.
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!