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Planting a Tree Ceremony

The unity tree planting ceremony can be used to symbolize the joining together of two individuals or the joining of two families.  
You set up a separate table, on which you will place a potted tree/sapling (something perhaps with special meaning to the couple).  If you choose to have the ceremony symbolize the joining together of both families’ then upon the entrance of the mothers, each mother goes to the table and scoops in a small amount of dirt. Then they take their seats.  During a specific reading or song, the couple will each add the rest of dirt and water the plant together. After the ceremony, the couple should plant the tree in a special location to symbolize the putting down of roots, longevity and strengths in their marriage.