I have been so intrigued lately by all of my clever brides and their creative alternatives to the traditional unity candle. I loved this idea that Patricia and Lee had for their wedding. They chose to create a work of art together during their ceremony, painting on a canvas while a dear friend sang.
They started with a blank 16x20 canvas. The table was prepared with acrylic paints in their wedding colors (red and teal), plus black and white for accent colors. The acrylics were later poured into the cups before the ceremony started.
During the ceremony, a friend sang while the couple poured out the paints onto the canvas together and took turns tilting the canvas to swirl the paint.
The couple displayed the canvas on an easel at the reception after letting it dry. I am posting a shot of the final product here. I love the detail created by the layering of the paint and the tilting of the canvas.
I give major props to this couple for doing this together without making a huge mess! But that's what the unity ceremony is all about - coming together and making something beautiful.
Some things to consider:
Be sure to check with your venue before daring to recreate this idea at your wedding. Spills and accidents will be better fixed on a smooth tile floor than a wooden or carpeted floor.
Remember to cover your surface and possibly the floor with a drop cloth of sorts to protect your venue.
Choose your colors carefully and thoughtfully. Make sure they speak to you as a couple and will look great in your space for years to come.