Wedding Unity Candle Ceremonyby: Kenneth Koch of Your Wedding Place.com
The unity candle ceremony is usually held after the vows and exchange of rings.
Unity Candle Ceremony
In a unity candle ceremony, the groom's parents and the bride's parents each light a separate taper candle, representing the wedding couple as individuals. The bride and groom then take those individual taper candles and use them to light a larger pillar candle together. This symbolizes the coming together of the bride and groom, and the two families as one.
Encore Wedding Ceremony
In an encore wedding ceremony the lighting of the unity candle is a great way to involve and unite the children of the two families into one.
Prepare the Unity Candle Ceremony in Advance
Before the ceremony, place the unity candles on a table close to the altar. Be sure to arrange in advance who will light the candles (and who will bring the matches!)
Candle Lighting Tips
-It's a good idea to light a small tea light candle in advance so you do not have to fumble with matches in the middle of the ceremony. -Burning the candle wicks in advance will make the candles light easier during the ceremony.
Unity Candle Song Suggestions
Generally, some quite, light music is played during unity candle ceremonies. Here are some ideas for music for the ceremony:
End of the Unity Candle Ceremony
Traditionally, at the conclusion of the unity candle ceremony the bride and groom each present a flower to the couple's mothers. Also, the bride and groom need to decide whether or not to extinguish the candles at the end of the ceremony. Some feel that putting the candles out displays the couple's commitment to each other. Others think that leaving the candles lit retains and recognizes your individuality within the marriage.
Unity Candle Summary
The unity candle ceremony is not a religious ceremony and is commonly used by all faiths. The ceremony provides an opportunity for the bride and groom to involve and honor their parents during the wedding. Decorative, personalized Unity Candle Sets can be kept as a symbol of your union for years to come!
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