Weddings at Unity Church of Downriver

Weddings at Unity Chapel are quite impressive with their simplistic but personable style, keeping you the bride and groom in mind. Indeed, Unity weddings are non-denominational and it is our intent to make your special day a memorable one. An exquisite ceremony has been prepared for you, while allowing for your personal requests to be fulfilled. Photos are welcomed inside and also outside in our meditation garden.

Wedding ceremonies are conducted in our beautiful chapel, with seating for 120 guests. A plush, teal carpet compliments an array of pastel blues, greens, and violets as sunlight streams forth through our multi-colored windows. To the ceiling above is an intricate weaving of knotty pine wood.

Two breath-taking floral arrangements in grand, white vases and resting on white pedestals stand on either side of an altar, covered with a white cloth and holding your Unity Candle set. Further to either side are white candelabrum, each with three 12-inch candles and decorated with a silk-flower arrangement. This pictorial sketch of grace and beauty is complete as the center isle is decorated with twelve elegant white bows fastened on either side to limed oak pews, covered with teal pattings for the comfort of your guests. 

We offer three wedding packages, priced to accom- modate your wedding needs. Our dedicated Unity staff is here to serve you, the bride and groom. To assist you in scheduling or answering your inquiries is our office receptionist, available during our regular business hours of 3 - 7 p.m. An ordained Unity minister shall conduct your wedding and rehearsal. Our talented musician shall provide traditional organ music during the ceremony, as well as contemporary, prenuptial selections. 

You may wonder what a Unity wedding is like. The ceremony is usually 30 to 45 minutes in length. Each of the following are excerpts from a typical wedding ceremony, addressing the important themes of love and commitment, caring and sharing, dedication to each other, mutual respect for each other, and effective communication with each other. 

We trust you will find this material to your liking. However, we are flexible in our policies and welcome your suggestions.

If you are interested in having your wedding ceremony at Unity Chapel, these steps may be helpful: 

1. Upon initial contact with our office, our receptionist will answer your questions regarding available dates and fees. 

2. You may schedule an appointment in order to view our Chapel facilities, if you have not already been here. Visits after business hours can be arranged for your convenience. 

3. If you are satisfied with our facilities and policies, your deposit will guarantee the wedding date and time you have selected. All other fees are due on the wedding day. An application, including all fees, will be initiated and you will be given a copy for your records. 

4. Contact with our office should be made in order to schedule a consultation with the minister about one month prior to your wedding. This permits the Bride and Groom to become more acquainted with the minister and for further questions to be answered. Detailed arrangements can be conducted at this time. 

5. Any other necessary matter can be addressed by phone during our business hours. Otherwise, we will see you the week of your wedding. It is preferable that the marriage license be in our office two days in advance of the wedding. 

6. Day of Rehearsal:  Usually, our rehearsals are scheduled no later than 6:30 p.m. the evening before the wedding. All final decisions can be determined at that time. 

7. Day of Wedding: Remaining fees are due. Following the ceremony, the Best Man and Maid of Honor shall sign the marriage license, and our office shall forward copies to the proper authorities. 

Thank you for considering us at Unity Chapel for your wedding. Know that both of you are appreciated. God bless you.
Wedding Vows

 _______, do you take __________, to be your wedded wife/husband, to love and cherish her/him, to honor and respect her/him, to support her/him with your friendship and your trust, to inspire her/him, to comfort her/him, to intimately share your life with her/him as a devoted husband/wife?

Ring Exchange Statement

With this ring I thee wed and with it I bestow upon thee all the treasure of my mind, of my heart, of my hands.

I Corinthians - Chapter 13 

"Love is patient ... Love is kind. Love is not jealous or boastful. It is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist upon its own way. It is not irritable and keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not rejoice in mistakes made, but in being real and true. If you love someone, you will be loyal to him (or her) no matter what the cost. Love exercises faith in everything. Love keeps up hope in all things. Loves gives power to endure in anything. Love never gives up."

This Is Friendship 

"I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the good qualities in me that you bring out. I love you for putting your hand into my heaped-up heart and passing over all the frivolous and weak things that you cannot help seeing there, and for drawing out into the light all the beautiful radiant things that no one else has looked quite far enough to find. I love you for ignoring the possibilities of the fool in me and for laying firm hold of the possibilities of good in me. I love you for closing your eyes to the discords in me and for adding to the music in me by worshipful listening ... for this is Friendship."

Blessing for a Marriage 

"May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements of a marriage should bring. And may you succeed in all important ways with one another. May you look for things to praise, often say "I love you!" and take not notice of small faults. 

If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back. 

May you enter into mystery, which is the awareness of one another's presence -- no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities. May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy. May you have love, and may you find it loving one another!"

The Prophet: "On Marriage" 

"You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. 

Love one another, but make not a bond of love; let it rather be a moving sea between the shore of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. 

And give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not to near together; for the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow."