I first saw the Unity Cross at a Bridal Show. I loved the concept of it. Candles melt or collect dust and honestly I don’t know if I would ever light it again – is it even tradition to light it after the ceremony? Knowing that the unity candle didn’t really work for us we thought about doing the sand ceremony which is a beautiful idea as well. Then I saw the cross. We have an entire cross wall in our living room and this would make a perfect addition to our fireplace mantel. It symbolizes our faith which is extremely important to both of us.
We were really torn on which cross to select. On the Unity Cross website there were several options. We decided to go with the contrast colors instead of a matching outer shell with the swirly inside. We felt like it stood out more with the ivory on the insider with a darker outline. It is hard to tell from the photos but our cross is the rubbed bronze and ivory. The outer cross is a very dark shade of brown wood. They also come in solid ivory, black, cooper and silver. You can purchase it as a solid color with the cross inside matching the base or even make the lighter color on the outside with the swirly cross dark. It all depends on your personal preference. Since the inside cross represents the woman we went with a more feminine color on my cross and made the man’s cross more masculine.
When we received our Unity Cross in the mail it came with a hundred business cards to had out to guests at the wedding. On each card it shares the tradition so the guests can follow along. I thought this was a nice special touch and it did not cost us anything extra. The business cards will fit perfectly inside your wedding programs.
The back view of card
The card reads:
The Unity Cross signifies the wedding covenant. It is a lasting reminder of the Bride and Groom coming together with their faith in Christ, beginning their Life long Journey as One. The bold outer cross represents the Groom. He is the Strength and cover for his family and home, yet without his Bride, incomplete. The intricate inner cross represents the Bride. Beautiful and multi-faceted, she brings her creative abilities and wisdom. The couple bring their hearts and faith in Christ together, joining their pieces of the Unity Cross and demonstrating their commitment to each other. Thus completing the sculpture… And The Two Shall Become One.
During the ceremony we will put the two pieces of the cross together using three pegs. The pegs represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The wedding Officiant will then announce “What God has joined together, let no man take apart.” In the base of the cross is a small drawer that we can place our wedding vows or other keepsake from the ceremony.
I cannot wait to officially put our Unity Cross together at our wedding ceremony and sit it in our living room on display!
Did you have a unity ceremony at your wedding? Which tradition did you go with?