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Unity Spin – A Tree Planting Ceremony April 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — aweddingwish @ 7:39 pm

 The big wedding season is right around the corner.  Most summer wedding couples are putting the finishing touches on all parts of the wedding day, including the ceremony.  Looking for something  different and unique to symbolize the joining  of two lives into one, or two families joining together on this special day?  Enter the “green” version of a unity ceremony – the tree planting ceremony.  Here is one variation “How-To” performed by a long time family friend at her wedding ceremony.

1)      Set up at the altar to include potted tree (often taken from a special place, whether it be a parents home or a location special to the couple), two small buckets of dirt (each can be collected at the bride and groom’s respective homes or  from each set of parents’ homes), and two  gardening trowels .  A small watering can be placed up front  if desired as well. 

2)      Upon the mother’s entrance, each mother approaches the front and scoops in a small amount of dirt from their small bucket before returning to their seat

3)      During a specific song or reading, the bride and groom each add the remainder of the dirt to the large potted tree.  The couple can water the plant together as well at this point.

4)      After the ceremony, take the potted plant, and transplant it at the newlywed’s home to symbolize putting down roots and longevity and strength within this marriage!

Dozens of variations on this tree planting ceremony can be made to suite the couple, the ceremony and the meaning behind this special ceremony, but no matter what, it’s a great way to have a “keepsake” from your marriage ceremony that will  last a lifetime with you two!


The Mother’s Entrance

 Mothers' portion 


The Tree PLanting Ceremony and Reading

 Tree Planting Ceremony  
Thank you Liz for the photos!
EDIT (08/2012)  – I have gotten hundreds of requests for scripts or readings used during the Tree Planting Ceremony – so here is a LINK to a few examples I came across along the way.  I hope that gets you all started!
Happy planning!



30 Responses to “Unity Spin – A Tree Planting Ceremony”

  1. […] for an awesome alternative to the unity candle? Why not plant a tree together?! (You can always use a pot during the ceremony and transfer it to your yard later). What an […]

  2. Hi everyone;
    I’m an Interfaith minister and have a couple that would love the tree ceremony. Can you please email me a copy of your script?

  3. Holly Says:

    I am doing this for my wedding in December. Could I have the script that you used? I am having a hard time finding something that sounds good with this idea! Thanks!!

  4. Rachel Says:

    Can I please have the script as well. Thanks

  5. laura Knittweis Says:


    My name is Laura and I am an interfaith minister and I will be officiating at a wedding and they would like to have a tree planting ceremony and I am in the process of creating that for them. I would appreciate it if you would share with me the script you used as well.

    Thank You !

  6. Michelle Harrington Says:

    Could you please send me the script as well? Thanks!

  7. Lori Says:

    My fiance and I love this! Would you mind sending along the script/readings you used?

    Thank you so much!

  8. Tina Says:

    Great and helpful suggestions! We have decided to do a tree planting ceremony as well. Our wedding bands are made of Hawaiian Koa and Maple woods. My husband is a wood worker, and we are also having an outdoor wedding in the country with forest as the backdrop. I would really appreciate some suggestions for type of tree as well as a reading for the ceremony. Thanks so much!

  9. Leyanita Says:

    I am planning on the tree planting ceremony as opposed to a candle lighting. I would also be interested in a script to be read or song suggestions. I love this idea and think more and more brides will chose to have this aas part of their special day. thank you in advance for any advice you can offer!

  10. Holly Says:

    I’m also doing a unity tree planting and was wondering if you would please share your script with me? I have been searching for the right things to say and to write in my program!

  11. I would love a copy of the script as well. This is a great idea!!!

  12. Christine Says:

    HI may I too have the script! Our big day is 9/10/11 🙂

  13. kim Says:

    My daughter and fiance also want to include the unity tree in their ceremony. Could you please send my the scripture also.

  14. Candace Says:

    My fiance and I are also doing the unity tree and are looking for script ideas. Could you send me yours too?


  15. Robin Says:

    I haven’t seen a response to the people who asked for the script, but would like one if you have one.

  16. I know everyonw has been asking about the script…i too am curious as to the wording. Is there a biblical verse that goes along with this as well? But my biggest question is what type of tree do you use? I’m not much of a grdern, and it would be awful for my tree to wither away, not the best metaphor for marriage! Thanks!

  17. I know everyone keeps writting you asking for the script. I was curious as to the wording as well? Is there a scripture that goes along with it? And, does it matter what kind of tree it is? I’m not much of a planter but am curious as to which trees would actually fight hard. That would be awful to plant your tree and it wither away. Not the best metaphor haha, but thanks!

  18. Marilyn Says:

    I would also like a copy of the tree planing ceremony. It is such a sweet and lasting idea. Thank you.

  19. Melissa Says:

    This is a beautiful idea! Could you send me the reading so I can include it in my ceremony? Thank you!!!

  20. Silvia Clukey Says:

    Our daughter is planning to do a unity tree. Do you have the reading for the ceremony? We would appreciate you emailing it to me.

    Thank you in advance. Great that you have this web site.

  21. Amber Says:

    I really like this idea and I would love to have the script too. Thanks for such a wonder and diffrent idea!

  22. Eugenia Says:

    My friend would like to include the tree ceremony in her wedding. Would it be possible for you to send me the script as well. Thank you.

  23. Sal Says:

    I am also interested in script of what was read for the tree ceremony as I have a couple that will do this. Thank you

  24. Robert Winter Says:

    I will be performing the weding ceremony of my son and his fiancee. They would like to have a tree planting ceremony, however it will be the day before the wedding at another location. Can you send me the script of what was read or said during the tree part of the ceremony?


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