The Unity Candle Ceremony – Basic Info

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Misc Wedding Articles |

unity candle 1In the last decade, the Unity Candle Ceremony has become increasingly popular at the weddings, firstly because of its meaning, but also for its romantic touch. It symbolizes the new union of the couple, two individuals becoming one when tying the knot.

Even though it’s called “a unity candle”, this ceremony requires a set of candles: two slim taper candles and the large single candle in the center (take a look at this unity candle set: The two candles mean two separate families and the unity candle should be lit by the bride and groom from these two separate candles. This symbolizes the union of the bride’s and groom’s families and the fact that the couple is creating a family of their own. Usually, mothers light the family candles, but your dad(s) can do that, too.

Luckily, or unfortunately, this ceremony is not standardized, neither in the way how it should be performed nor the specific time when it should occur. In the US, couples usually perform the unity candle ceremony before the pronouncement of husband and wife and after the exchange of wedding rings and vows. Anyway, you can customize it as you wish, which is certainly a plus.

Because the music is the very important aspect of any event, the unity candle ceremony is often accompanied by the suitable song. Although you can use any song you like, there are some very popular options: John Lennon – Grow Old with Me, Pavarotti – Ave Maria, Celine Dion – Power of Love, Bryan Adams – Everything I Do… You can also have a moment of silence or someone could read a special poem for you.

Finally, it’s important to point out that the Unity Candle Ceremony has no religious significance, since it’s non-denominational. For that reason, it can be performed at both non-religious and religious ceremonies. Nevertheless, some officiants may not allow this ceremony, so check to see if its allowed by your house of worship.