The ‘Unity Candle’ ceremony is becoming increasingly popular in modern and traditional weddings.
There are many versions of this ritual, some involving different people and entire families, but for this version, the conducting
of the ritual symbolizes the commitment of the bride and groom to each other and the merging of the two families.
As a general rule, 3 candles are required to perform a unity candle ceremony; 1 large centre candle and 2 slim (or taper) candles.
The Mothers of the Bride and Groom may light the 2 taper candles. The Bride and Groom taking these candles, proceed to light the single large candle, representing their two lives and two families uniting as one.
The two single candles may then be blown out to represent the extinguishing of their single lives, (or they may be kept alight to signify that, although united through marriage they still retain their individuality).
Requirements: 1 large Candle and 2 slim or taper Candles
‘The lighting of these family candles symbolise Caroline and Jacob’s separate lives and pasts before today.
(Bride’s and Groom’s Mothers light the candles).
Through the love, support, wisdom and guidance which they have both received from their families, they are here today to join their lives as one.
Caroline and Jacob, with the light from your family candles, unite the two flames into one
(Bride and Groom light centre candles).
The unity of this flame symbolises the union of your separate lives and your families, into a commitment made in love and kept in faith. The two of you now have a fire that represents love, understanding and the future. It will give you warmth and happiness through even the darkest times. This new fire represents a new beginning, a new life and a new family.’
The candles can then burn throughout the remainder of the ceremony being extinguished at the end.
Checkout our YouTube channel, The Wedding Gurus for a video on the Unity Candle Ritual and many more, at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtdzLi6-IK7AkwzvZNtrbtw