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Unity Candle Ceremony

A Unity Candle Ceremony symbolizes two separate people and families becoming one and can easily be added to any marriage ceremony. It is placed near the end of the ceremony, following the Exchange of Rings. However, the mother's usually lights the two outer candles as they are escorted forward at the beginning of the ceremony.  A Unity Candle set consists of two slender candles (called tapers) and a large center candle. They are usually white candles.The Unity Candle Ceremony is a popular choice for both religious and non-religious ceremonies because it is non-denominational and has no religious significance.

The two outer candles represent your individual lives before today. They represent all that you are from your vast experiences, and they represent your individual families. As you each take a single candle and light the center candle, you will extinguish your individual candles.

Often the Bride will blow out the Groom's taper candle and the Groom will blow out the Brides taper candle. This represents the closing of the chapters in your individual Books of Life and the beginning of new chapters as you begin to write a new book of Life as wife and husband!

If you are creating a new family you may want to include the children in the lighting of the Unity Candle. Often this is done by having the bride and groom light the candle for the children and then everyone lighting the center candle together. This is an excellent way to involve children from a previous marriage.

Please note: Because most of the wedding ceremonies we perform are outdoors, we no longer recommend the Unity Candle Ceremony. The least little puff of wind and the candles are either too difficult to light or they blow out. Indoors the Unity Candle Ceremony works fine! If you love the symbolism that this ceremony represents and are having an outdoor ceremony we recommend the Unity Sand Ceremony as a perfect alternative.

 
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