Here and now we vow to grow together
Jen Causey-Kidder
Jen Causey-Kidder April 21, 2015

Simple DIY | Tree Planting Unity Ceremony

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Last month, I had the honor of being one of the vendors who participated in the 2nd, Los Angeles, Big Fake Wedding (formerly known as The Not Wedding) – and it was AMAZING. The entire bridal party happened to be my wonderful family, the bride and groom are my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and their attendants were our cousins… and we had a blast! I’ll be sharing the entire event on Monday of next week so make sure to stop by and check out.

Today I’m sharing one of the elements that I contributed to the event, the tree planting ceremony. Most “unity ceremonies” embody blending two into one, using a physical act to symbolize the promises that you are making. In thinking about marriage and how things change overtime, I felt the message with this unity ceremony idea should be that you are “vowing to grow together”. Everyone changes, and a goal within any marriage should be that as each person changes or grows – you do so together and not separately. Making this little planting act the perfect way to embrace growth as Mr & Mrs. So go buy a plant, be it a pretty fern like this one, or a succulent, or even a tree and “plant” it together during your ceremony… like we did!

DIY Tree Planting Unity Ceremony


  • Planter
  • Plant (ours is a Maidenhair Fern)
  • Potting soil
  • Cute watering can
  • Two skinny glass vases
  • Our free sign download
  • Cardstock
  • Vases + LED candles
DIY Tree Planting Unity Ceremony

Simple How-to:

  1. Halfway plant your plant for the ceremony.
  2. Fill two small containers with potting soil, one for each of you.
  3. Make sure there is a little water in the watering can.
  4. Grab our free sign download and display!

Print our free sign download onto your choice of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock, either frame or mat onto another piece of cardstock like I did and display at your ceremony – it’s that simple!

DIY Tree Planting Unity Ceremony

Frankly Weddings killed this ceremony display. That giant dream catcher was absolutely stunning. She provided the gorgeous marble table and the large vases with LED candles.

The Big Fake Wedding, Los Angeles 2015

During your ceremony, each of you will add your portion of dirt and then water together!

DIY Tree Planting Unity Ceremony

Images above courtesy of: Andie Freeman Photography

Images below courtesy of: You & Me Photography

DIY Tree Planting Unity Ceremony
DIY Tree Planting Unity Ceremony

If you are looking to perform a unity ceremony during your wedding, choose (or create) something that speaks to you as a couple and what promises you are making to each other. Don’t just light candles or pour sand together because that’s what people do. There are so many wonderful ideas out there and I’m positive that you’ll find the perfect one.

DIY Tree Planting Unity Ceremony

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DIY Tutorial Credits

Photography: courtesy of Andie Freeman Photography and You & Me Photography // DIY tutorial + free printable: Jen | Something Turquoise // Skinny glass vases, large glass vase used as planter and cardstock: Michaels // copper watering can: Amazon // Maidenhair Fern: Armstrong Gardens

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