Update: I was able to renegotiate with my stylist regarding my mom and cousin who couldn't afford to have their hair/makeup done as originally contracted. My stylist has agreed to let me split my mom and cousin's services so that they can each have their hair done for $35 each and then they will do their own makeup. The stylist loses the cost of $70 from what we originally contracted and my mom and cousin save $35. Everyone seems happy with this!
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AND NOW FOR THE REAL POST - BACK TO WEDDING PLANS:Everyone is somewhat familiar with the 'unity' portion of a wedding ceremony. You know the part? Where the officiant asks the bride and groom to use two candles to light one together.
Or the bride and groom each pour a vase of different colored sand into a vase together representing how the two of them are being intertwined and united as one.
Source: My sister's wedding via Jim Kennedy Photographers
It's a very beautiful symbolic moment showing the beauty of marriage as two truly become one.
Well, of course I would love to incorporate something like this into our wedding ceremony. But of course, I didn't want to do what every one of my friends and family members has already done. I mean, yeah it's tradition and all, but you know me - I don't want traditional! I want something different and never before seen at a wedding.
Well, my prayers were answered when I found this amazing little thing called the Unity Cross over at GetMarried.com's wedding shop. It's pricey at $99.95 but the cool thing is that I mentioned it to my group of five ladies that I lead in a weekly bible study and they all pitched in and bought it for me as a bridal shower gift! Yea!
Basically, it's two wooden crosses...one to represent the man. He is bold and strong and yet empty without the woman. And the other cross represents the beauty and intricacy of the woman. The pastor discusses these comparisons and then asks the man to place his cross on the strong foundation (for us it is representative of God's truth and love and desires for marriage). The woman then places her cross inside of the man's cross and the pastor inserts three pegs into the cross to hold them together...they represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
After the wedding, this cross can be permanently glued together and then placed on display in your home. There is even a small drawer in the back for you to place your vows in if you'd like.
I absolutely love this idea and am so excited to not only have it as a key element of our ceremony but to know that it is a gift from some special ladies that have been a part of my life in such a positive and loving way for many years.
So, are / did any of you have some sort of symbolic moment during your ceremony to represent your union?