We spoke with senior planner, Danielle Kuhn, about what creative unity ceremonies she has seen throughout her career. She grew a huge grin, and instantly began to share the unique story of this off-beat couple’s unity ceremony.
“Without hesitation, I remember my favorite unity ceremony (and one of my favorite couples), which happened in the summer of 2015,” said Kuhn.
Anna and Andy had the cutest personalities and were extremely unique, which made it so refreshing and fun to work with them. They called their wedding the “anti-wedding” when mentioning it as a whole. They did not have a bridal party, there was no cake cutting, they had a Beatles Cover Band for their entertainment, and they didn’t go through many of the other formalities that most couples do these days.
“But, as some people may think this is odd or peculiar, I thought it was unbelievably charming,” Kuhn continued.
“Anna and Andy were perfect together and shared many of the same interests. They were able to incorporate so much personality to the wedding day and every guest could tell they put in effort to make it their own.”
They had their wedding reception in Plano, Illinois, and had their ceremony 15 minutes away in a town called Sandwich. Not only did they get married in Sandwich, they got married at the Sandwich Opera House.
Now this is where their creative juices started flowing.
“The ceremony started with the groom walking down the aisle ‘looking’ for his bride. She was no-where to be found,” said Kuhn. “He went up on stage, and ‘miraculously’ pulled her out of the trap door in the middle of the stage! Laughs were shed throughout the room.”
The best part was in the middle of the ceremony, the whole point of telling this story.
It was the unity ceremony, but they called it the “unity sandwich ceremony.” Instead of pouring sand at the same time into a closed vessel, or lighting a candle, they made a sandwich together. But not a random sandwich, it was a BLT –their favorite sandwich. Here is how the couple’s officiant phrased the ceremony:
“The bread is wheat, symbolizing the foundation of the relationship. One goes on honesty and respect.
The lettuce symbolizes healthy communication. Because just as lettuce keeps the bread from getting soggy, strong communication keeps your foundation of honesty from being eroded.
The bacon is the protein, symbolizing energy for the long term. In 10, 20 or 30 years, you must put forth the necessary energy and effort for a happy relationship.
The tomato is the nutritious vegetable, symbolizing their commitment to nurture a healthy relationship by encouraging hobbies and passions.
The mayonnaise is the topping. It symbolizes the zest and the flavor of the relationship. Joie De Vivre, ‘you only live once’. Might as well have a little fun, so don’t skip on the mayo.”
The couple then took a bite of the sandwich in unity.
That is one unity ceremony that Effortless Events won’t forget. We encourage couples to get creative with their weddings so they are memorable and show their personalities (if they are not trying to “follow” all regular traditions)!
-The Effortless Events Team