5 Unique Unity Ceremonies For Your Wedding

A marriage is the joining of two individuals into one married couple. Many brides and grooms choose to illustrate by having a wedding unity ceremony. There are many different ways to do this. Here are five of WhereBridesGo.com's favorites. 



Unity Candle Ceremony

For this ceremony, a large candle and two taper candles are used. The mothers of the bride and groom each light a separate taper candle before taking their seats for the wedding. The bride and groom then use these to light the big candle together, symbolizing the joining of their two families.

Rose Unity Ceremony

In this case, three vases are placed at the front of the ceremony venue. The bride's and groom's families are each assigned a rose color. Each mother places a rose in their vase for each immediate family member, including the bride and groom. You may want to add a personalized ribbon to the couple's flowers.

When it is time during the ceremony, the couple each take their family's bunch of flowers and place them together in the center vase. This symbolizes the blossoming of their new family. 

Unity Sand Ceremony

The bride and groom each have a small vase filled with their own color of sand. A container is chosen to combine the two sands into. WhereBridesGo.com carries lovely vases and frames made especially for this type of unity ceremony, as well as the colored sand.

The couple begins by taking turns pouring their sand, in layers, into the container. At the end, they pour sand at the same time. This commingling of the sand illustrates the two becoming one. If there are children are involved, they may also add a sand color symbolizing the the new blended family.   


Ring Warming Ceremony

All of your guests can be included in this one. The wedding rings are placed in a small, pretty bag and passed from guest to guest while the officiant is speaking. Each guest holds the rings for a few seconds while saying a blessing or prayer for the couple. 

When timed correctly, the rings should be back to the bride and groom as the vows are finished. If letting that many people pass around your rings makes you nervous, you can limit it to the immediate family and your wedding party. 

Wine Unity Ceremony

This is similar to the sand ceremony, but with wine. It's perfect if you will be getting married at a winery. The bride and groom each have a small carafe of their own wine. They combine the wines into a single glass, which they both take a drink from. 

A nice addition to this is to then seal a bottle of wine in a box along with love notes you have written to each other. Choose a future anniversary to open the box and share in the wine and memories together. 


A unity ceremony is a sentimental gesture that has deep meaning for you as a couple. WhereBridesGo.com carries many of the supplies that you will need for these ceremonies, as well as all of the other wedding ceremony and reception supplies for your special day.  





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5 Unique Ways for the Ring Bearer to Deliver Your Wedding Rings

An adorable young man (or little lady) carrying your wedding rings down the aisle before you say I do is a staple for a wedding ceremony. Generally, a ring bearer pillow is used to hold your rings. WhereBridesGo.com has many beautiful ring bearer pillows in our online wedding supplies store in a wide range of colors and styles. If you prefer to do things a bit differently, we've also got a few wonderful alternative ideas for you. 

A Personalized Ring Box

A beautiful box with a lid that can remain closed until you are ready for the wedding rings is perfect for little hands to carry. A box also gives you the opportunity to personalize the outside of it with your new initials, your names and wedding date, or a pretty symbol of the day. 


A Rustic Twist

Initials carved into the trunk of a tree is a timeless romantic symbol. Taking a piece of a tree and using it to transport your wedding rings is a sweet gesture that adds a bit of natural charm to your ceremony. WhereBridesGo.com offers a gorgeous resin version that you can display in your home for years to come. 

A Monogrammed Dish

Many women use a special dish to keep their jewelry in when they aren't wearing it. You could have one specially made for your wedding day for the ring bearer to carry, then be reminded of this special event every time you put on or remove your necklaces, bracelets, or other rings. 



A Love Bird's Nest

For the couple that has chosen a "love bird" theme for their wedding or will by using nature to inspire their wedding decor, a bird's nest is a perfect idea. Whimsical and adorable.    


With a Little Luck

Everyone can use a bit of extra luck on their wedding day. This horseshoe ring pillow alternative brings that to your day. It is especially fitting for a western-style wedding. Slide the rings onto the ribbons, tie a pretty bow at the top, and the ribbon serves as a handle for your ring bearer to hold. The addition of an engagement photo is a wonderful extra touch. 



The Classic Ring Pillow

If you prefer to stick closer to tradition, our online wedding store does carry a wide array of amazing ring bearer pillows for you to choose from. No matter what the theme or style of your wedding, you are sure to find the perfect pillow at WhereBridesGo.com. Satin, burlap, lace, damask, feathers, flowers... no matter what you are looking for, you will most likely find it within our wedding supplies online. 





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Picnics and Summer Weddings

The month of July is labeled as Picnic Month, and for good reason. A beautiful summer day is the perfect setting for a leisurely afternoon picnic. If you are planning a summer wedding, there are a few different ways that you can incorporate this fun meal into your wedding activities.


Bachelor Party

We consider tailgating kind of like a picnic for guys, and WhereBridesGo.com has plenty of sports-themed groomsman gifts that you can use for that. Grooms that are sports fans will enjoy heading to a big game with their buddies. Football season hasn't started yet, but there are tons of baseball games to tailgate at.   




Bachelorette Party or

Bridal Shower

A weekend away on a wine trail is an excellent idea for a laid-back bachelorette party. It can work equally well for a lovely, outdoor bridal shower too. The bride and her ladies can grab a blanket and pack a cooler full of cheeses, fruits, and their favorite chilled bottles of wine. Those things will keep you nice and cool while relaxing in the grass under the sun. 



Rehearsal Dinner

This is generally a smaller gathering for only the wedding party and close family members. If you are getting married in a scenic area, treating everyone to an informal picnic the evening before a formal wedding can be fun. It gives them all a chance to let their hair down a little and get to know each other before the big day. 


Wedding Reception

If your wedding is on the more casual side, hosting a picnic-type reception or cocktail hour may be an option. Beach weddings are perfect for letting your guests kick off their shoes and sit upon a pretty blanket on the sand. 

If your guests will probably not be dressed for sitting on the ground, beautifully decorated rectangular or picnic tables could be a better option. A rustic country wedding with home-style BBQ for the main dish would work wonderfully with a picnic theme.  


With the proper setup, a picnic can be incredibly romantic. Even if you don't want to incorporate one into your wedding, it is an excellent idea for a bride and groom date night. WhereBridesGo.com has lots of different items in our online wedding store that would be perfect for any type of picnic. Then, every time that you use them again, you can fondly think back to this romantic time in your life. 



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Tips For a Beautiful and Safe Wedding Sparkler Exit

A very popular wedding trend that we have seen done beautifully at WhereBridesGo.com is the sparkler exit. They are romantic, exciting, fun, and produce gorgeous photo opportunities. If this is something you would like to add into your wedding planning, there are a few precautions you will want to take to make sure it goes smoothly and there are no accidents.


Ask Permission

Don't start buying all of the materials that you will need for an elaborate sparkler reception exit before first asking the venue if they even allow fireworks. It would be horrible to make hand written signs, order the sparklers and matches, and fit the exit into your timeline, only to have someone at the venue tell you that fireworks are against their rules. If a sparkler exit is one of your "must-haves", make sure this question in on your list when you are choosing a venue. 

Give Yourself Some Space

Once your reception venue gives you the thumbs up, look around to make sure there is a good place to make this sparkler exit happen. You will need an open space with plenty of room for your guests to line up, still allowing enough room for the bride and groom to run safely between them. 

Solid ground, like concrete or asphalt, is a much safer option than grass that could catch fire if it's too dry. Also do your best to stay away from any other foliage, wedding decorations, or parts of the building that could be flammable. 


Take Advice From Your Photographer

An experienced photographer is a wonderful person to give you advice on how to execute a perfect sparkler exit. They should know from what setups make the best pictures. If they have not yet photographed your venue, ask the manger at your reception site for helpful tips too.  

Be Picky About Your Sparklers

It may be tempting to stock up on sparklers at the post 4th of July sale, but don't do it. Those are generally short and quick-burning. You will need the longer type that burn with enough time for a big group of people to collectively light them, line up, let you run through, all with ample time for your photographer to get some good shots. Whew! Test them before the wedding to get the timing down.

Even though they seem much tame, sparklers are still fireworks. Purchase quality ones that you know will last and also be safe for your guests to handle. Bamboo sparklers are a lot cheaper than the wire version, but they break easily when being waved around, resulting in a major fire hazard. The extra price you pay for higher quality will be a lot less than you would have to pay for an ER bill!

Inform Your Guests

While many of your friends will want to stick around all evening and celebrate, some may not be able to stay until the end of the night. Make sure that you let everyone know that a sparkler exit will be happening, and at what time it will take place. That way, any guests that want to participate can make sure they stick around long enough to join the fun. You can put it in your wedding program or post signs at the reception. 

Also make sure that your guests know how to participate. Lighting a sparkler may sound like a simple task, but when you are trying to get a lot of people to do it, all at exactly the same time, it can get tricky. Have clear instructions, either posted or spoken to your guests, on the best way to light the sparklers, and exactly when to start. A "sparkler captain" is the perfect person to take care of this. 

Designate a Sparkler Captain

Have one extremely responsible person in charge of your sparkler exit. They will be the ones making sure everything is done properly and in the safest way possible. They will also handle cleanup when it's all over. 

If you are serving alcohol at the wedding, this person will need to decide if anyone has had too many to handle fireworks. We also suggest not having the sparklers sitting out for everyone to access the entire night. Let your sparkler captain pass them out when everything is set and ready to happen. This is the perfect time to give instructions.  

The After-Glow

Once you have safely made your way through the sparkly aisle, the photos are taken, and the last spark has burnt out, there is still one more task to tackle. The sparkler captain needs to make sure that all of the used sparklers are disposed of properly, and any unused ones are gathered.

Have a few metal buckets filled with water or sand for all of your guests to place their used sparklers in. This will cool them off enough to be thrown away without catching the trash bag on fire.


A sparkler exit is an unforgettable moment for both you and your guests. You can find personalized matchbooks and many other wonderful wedding accessories online when you visit our site. WhereBridesGo.com is always here to give you wedding tips, ideas, advice, and the greatest items to personalize your wedding and make it extra special. 



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Holiday Weddings Dos & Don’ts

There are many pros and cons to getting married on a holiday weekend. Many of your friends and family members may already have the weekend off, more vacation time for the bride and groom, and of course fun themes to play off of for your wedding/reception would all fall into the pros category. However, not everyone wants to spend their holiday weekend at a wedding, and not everyone has the extra days off or they might already have vacation plans. If you do decide to get married on or near a holiday, there are some things that you will need to consider before planning your big day. In today’s blog, Where Brides Go lists some dos & don’t to planning a holiday wedding.

Dos


Give Your Guests Plenty of Notice. Typically, save-the-dates will go out 6 months in advance, but because your big day also falls on a holiday weekend you should send out save-the-dates 6 months to a year before your wedding, if possible. Depending on the holiday, people may be on vacation, so do not be surprised if there is a larger percent of declines in RSVPs than if it were a non-holiday wedding.

Play into the Theme. It is a holiday, so have fun throwing holiday elements into your wedding, just make sure not to go overboard. Having cute red, white and blue cocktails or a fireworks display for a 4th of July wedding is appropriate, but don’t get too carried away with the stars and stripes.

Don’ts


Don’t forget about cost. Venues may charge more for a holiday weekend wedding to pay their employees overtime. Also, depending on the holiday you choose, florists may be in high demand, which means a higher cost for flowers, or difficulty even finding the perfect florist. If some of your guests have to travel, there may be a higher cost for plane tickets, gas and hotel rooms, which may result in people not being able to attend due to financial situations.

Holiday music. Don’t go too overboard with the holiday music. You want your guests to feel like they are at your wedding celebrating you, not like they are at a big holiday party. Bruce Springsteen for a Fourth of July wedding is perfect, but be careful with the Christmas music at a winter wedding as your guests might be getting tired of it being played all the time.


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If you opt for a holiday wedding, just remember to have fun with it. This is your big day! Whether your wedding falls on a holiday or not, WhereBridesGo.com has the perfect wedding supplies for any celebration.

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Love is Sweet! Tasty Candy Favor Ideas For Your Wedding

The month of June is designated as the official Candy Month. We are not sure exactly why, but here at WhereBridesGo.com, we love any excuse to talk about sweet treats! There are lots of delicious candies out there, and they make the best wedding favors that every guest will love to take home.



Jordan Almonds - The Traditional Wedding Candy

Jordan almonds are given out at many weddings. While these may not be most people's first choice for a favorite candy, this particular favor has a deeper meaning in many cultures. The first is the fact that fresh almonds tend to have a slightly bitter flavor. Adding the candy coating makes them bittersweet, reminding us how life contains both - bitter & sweet moments. 







Greek wedding guests are given sugar-coated almonds called "koufeta." These are always given in odd numbers. The reasoning is that odd numbers are indivisible, just like the bond between the bride and groom should be. Tradition also says that if an unmarried woman puts the almonds from the wedding under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband. 

Italian tradition sticks with the odd number theory, but they always give them away in groups of five. Each of these five almonds represent a wish: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity. This poem states it perfectly:

Jordan Almonds for Thee

Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat
To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet.
Five wishes for the new husband and wife-
Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!
~by Jill Girardo



The Candy Buffet

Today many weddings feature a candy buffet at the reception. A big table on one side of the room is filled with colorful jars of a wide variety of different candies. Guests are encouraged to nibble on these during the reception and fill an adorable container (bag, box, jar, sack,etc....) to take home with them before they leave. 

There are a few different directions that you can take to "theme" your candy buffet. Fill each jar with treats in different shades of the same color or complimentary colors, or you can choose to pick out sweets to represent every color of the rainbow. 

If you are throwing a vintage wedding, gather a variety of "retro" candies from the era that you are representing. Another idea is to fill a table with candies that are native to the area in which you are getting married.  


Candy at Place Settings 

Candy favors can make wonderful decorations at each place setting. You can make them pull double duty by writing guests' names on them for place cards. A few options to fill your candy wedding favor containers are:

  • Jordan almonds
  • Candy Kisses
  • Personalized M&M's
  • Mini candy bars
  • Mints
  • Holiday-themed candy
  • Truffles


The most fun part about giving away candy at your wedding is all of the taste-testing you get to do while you are wedding planning! Once you have decided on what you will use, visit WhereBridesGo.com to find the perfect containers to wow your wedding guests with. It is a wonderful way to personalize your special day. 




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We've Got the Gifts Dads Love for Father's Day

June is here. While widely known as a popular wedding month, it is also the month that we celebrate the first man we ever loved, Dad. WhereBridesGo.com is filled with the things that you need to plan a beautiful wedding, and we've also got many amazing things that fathers love in our online gift store


If you are looking for some great ideas for Father's Day gifts, then use the following ones to spark your inspiration. The best thing about many of these is that they can be personalized at no extra charge. That's a great way to make your dad feel extra-special. This year Father's Day falls on Sunday, June 19, 2016, so it's not too early to start shopping. 


Camping & Fishing Gear

Perfect for both camping and fishing, this rugged insulated cooler will keep all of his refreshments cold while giving him a comfortable place to sit. It even features roomy side pockets to hold other important items, like a wallet or cell phone. One of our many pocket knives or multi-tools pair wonderfully with this item. 


Grilling & Tailgating

If your father is a BBQ master, then maybe he would love to have his very own monogrammed Bamboo Case containing quality grilling equipment. He can take it with him and man the grill, even when he's away from home. 

Our Cooler with Portable Grill is exactly what the grill master on the go needs. He can take it along with him to the beach, the park, or the parking lot before the big game. The mini charcoal grill fits conveniently inside the insulated cooler, which can also be used to keep things icy cold. Our NFL BBQ Spatula Bottle Opener takes care of two tasks at once while Dad is tailgating, all while showing his team spirit. 



Golfing Dad

For the fathers that enjoy spending all day on the golf course, WhereBridesGo.com has some excellent gift items to encourage his hobby. Monogrammed Sets and Embroidered Shoe Bags will make all of the other golfers jealous that their kids didn't get them some too.



On-The-Go

If you have moved away from home, maybe a nice travel kit would help to encourage your dad to visit more often. Our online gift store also has other things that a man needs every time he leaves the house, like a sweetly monogrammed money clip or a new leather wallet. 



You will find these and many more of the best Father's Day gifts online when you browse WhereBridesGo.com. If you see too many great ideas and simply can't decide, we also offer gift cards that allow Dad to get online and pick out exactly what he wants. Tell him not to be confused by the name of the website. It's not just where brides go for what brides love. We've got quite a few things that the men in your life will love too.  




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