Unity Rituals for Micro-Weddings

Soon, very soon, we will be hosting small micro-weddings for clients in favorite locations like Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park and more.  I was reminded of this gorgeous Simply Eloped couple Melissa & Robert with whom we worked a number of months ago.   A newly blended family, they showed how easily one can incorporate certain traditions in a wedding ceremony, even in the middle of Bow Bridge in the central area of the Park.

It can be tricky using wedding “props” in an elopement ceremony, but these photos by Silpa Sadhujan  show how a tiny covered table and objects for a sand ceremony can add a moment of bonding in a wedding that includes kids.   The philosophical underpinning of the sand ceremony is a unity ritual that allows both members of a couple, along with children, to create an art object that represents the new family and is a happy reminder of the ceremony celebration.  While it is easy and convenient to purchase sand ceremony kits from craft stores like Michaels, the Oriental Trading Company, or on Etsy, it is a wonderful option to gather items that already have emotional significance.  I’ve had couples, in the past, with family heirloom vases and containers of sand that they bring from their respective homes.  The more unique, the better, I think!