Monday, October 18, 2010

What is the symbolization of a Sand Ceremony?

Here at Thee Wedding Warehouse we have some traditional and some unique items as well! Our Sand Ceremony Vase Sets and coordinating Sand in such great colors as Aubergine, Cobalt, Latte, Lime Green & more, are something we stock and sell more than just about anything else in the store! For those of you who aren't quite sure what a Sand Ceremony represents, take a look at the info below, and come visit us to pick up your set today! We also carry the Forever Frame and can engrave just about anything for you!

Unity ceremonies have been a special part of wedding vows since time immemorial. Couples from cultures around the world have used the unity ceremony as a powerful way to symbolize their love and commitment to one another in marriage.

But, until recently it’s always been the Unity Candle Ceremony that has received the majority of the spotlight. That all changed, however, when Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter – of the highly-acclaimed “The Bachelorette” TV series – decided to incorporate the Unity Sand Ceremony into their amazing multimillion dollar wedding celebration.

Their nationally-televised wedding allowed couples all across the country to see just how beautiful and meaningful the sand ceremony was and inspired countless newlyweds to understand the importance of featuring it prominently in their vows.

Taking a Cue from Candlelight

The Unity Candle Ceremony has long been a tradition seen in marriages of all types, elaborate and simple. Typically, in this version of the unity ceremony, there is a single candle (the unity candle) that both bride and groom light from a flame of their own single candles. Parents or other members of the wedding party often join in the candle lighting ceremony using candles of their own, too.

The shortcoming of the unity candle is that it leaves no permanent memento or reminder of the union. Once the candle has been blown out, the significance of the ceremony is left only as a fleeting memory.

This is where the Unity Sand Ceremony has so much more to offer.

The Unity Sand Ceremony, a celebration that is usually two to three minutes in length, is a meaningful symbolic joining of two lives. In this timeless ritual of marriage, the couple ceremoniously pours various colors of sand from separate containers into one special container, the unity vase, symbolizing their coming together as one.

It provides a way for couples during their wedding ceremony to brilliantly show the joining of the flow of their two lives into a single stream with their individually colored sands joining as one in the Unity Vase.

Plus, because it can be displayed privately or for all to see for years to come, the symbol of the couple’s love is always present, always a reminder, and always a touchstone of truth. As such, the Unity Sand Ceremony and the unity vase can be treasured forever.

The Meaning of the Unity Sand Ceremony

The flowing sand and blending of the colors in the Unity Sand Ceremony symbolize the bringing together of two lives into one. The two sands symbolize everything that the bride and groom have been or will become in the future.

The blending of the sand represents the union not only of them but their friends and families as well. The separate sands once poured into the unity vase can never be put back into their separate vases. They are forever entwined just as the lives and loves of the bride and groom.

Some couples prefer to leave a small amount of sand in their respective container to show that even though they now function as one, they remain individuals.

The History of the Unity Sand Ceremony and You

Our current day Unity Sand Ceremony is thought to have its origins in Native American culture, either with Hawaiian ancestors or indigenous groups from the mainland.

Regardless of whether the tradition comes from the dreamy islands of the Pacific or the rich soils of North America, the reality is still the same: The Unity Sand Ceremony is mystical and romantic as well as timeless and essential.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Meet Cyndi Hardy Photography; Another One of Thee Vendors We Love!

Last week we decided to start a "get to know our favorite wedding vendors" segment for our blog (and don't forget to follow us on facebook!). Now, we'd like for you to meet Cyndi Hardy of Cyndi Hardy Photography. This artistic, creative & friendly gal is one of our best & very loved by our clients! Take a look at how she re-created the cake topper in this couples photograph above! Please take a minute to learn a bit about Cyndi and stop by to take a look at some of her work here in our store and on her website!

~How long have you been a professional Photographer?
9 years. I started Cyndi Hardy Photography 6 years ago.

~Why did you decide to start Photography as a career?
I actually wanted to be a nature and landscape photographer. I love traveling and I love the beauty in this world, so I thought I would combine the two. That’s when I decided to go school to learn the technical side of photography. While I was in school, I started second shooting for a wedding photographer and fell in love!

~What is your favorite part of doing what you do?
Meeting new people and I get to watch people’s dreams come true!

~What is the funniest thing that has happened to you while doing your job?
I had the whole bridal party in the grass taking pictures and the sprinklers came on. I’ve never seen people move so fast before, including myself!!

~Do you have any Fantastic Tips for people who are considering hiring a Professional Photographer at their event?
Make sure you like both the photographer’s style and their personality. If you’re not comfortable with your photographer, it will show in your photos.

~What are your own personal hobbies/pastimes?
Watching hockey, hiking, gardening, going to the movies, hanging out with friends.

~Do you prefer Cats or Dogs? (hey, had to throw a little something really personal in there!)?
Doggies :)

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Meet The Vendors of Thee Wedding Warehouse!

We thought it would be fun for you to get the opportunity to learn a little bit about some of our fantastic Wedding Vendor Friends. Below is a little Q&A with Christopher Smith, co-owner (with his wife Jill Smith) of A2Z Photo Booth. This is one fun couple! Check out their website at, and let us set you up an appointment to meet with them for a custom quote for a photo-booth at your event today!!

1. How long have you been doing A2Z Photo Booth's at Events & Weddings?
3 years

2. Why did you decide to start this biz?
I was looking for something "new" to do and came up with this.

3. What is your favorite part of doing what you do?
Everywhere we go people are happy!

4. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you while doing your job?
The rule is "what hapens in the booth stays in the booth" ;)

6. Do you have any Fantastic Tips for people who are considering a Photo Booth at their event?
There are lots of them. The biggest one is that they (the couple) need to plan time for them to use the booth also.

7. What are your own personal hobbies/pastimes?
Anything outdoors in the mountains, especially camping, hunting, and rappelling.

8. Do you prefer Tea or Coffee (hey, had to throw a little something really personal in there!)?
It's not one of the choices but steamed milk.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Bad bad weather in Ecuador and Cuba

Ok… So I have news to share.
I am hearing that there was very bad weather in Ecuador and Cuba this past summer. It rained and was cloudy for the entire 4 months of their Grow season. This means for us florists and yes my very special brides that the roses are going to be less than perfect! “They” are saying that even filling big rose orders will be tricky and that we have to have a second choice on all varieties… don’t worry we will get as close to the color as possible it just may not be the exact name or variety originally quoted. I know this really stinks but rest assured that both we and our growers are doing everything we can to fill each and every order. On a good note the rest of the flower industry is fine so we will still have fab flowers from everywhere else!
I will keep everyone in the loop as it comes to me.