Candle Ceremonies

Unity Candle Ceremony

Introduction: Just before the wedding vows, the parents of the couple come forward (or other family members, children etc.) and light a candle for each. Then the Bride and Groom light the center candle from these two outside candles. The Unity candle symbolizes the joining of their families, the merging of two individuals, the creation of a blended family etc

Officiant speaks: At this time we will have the lighting of the unity candle. I want to ask representatives of both families to light one of the Unity candles. Will you come forward and light a candle please.

Before the Bride and Groom come forward to light their wedding candle, allow me to explain the symbolism behind these candles.

The two outside candles have been lit to symbolize the union of these two young people and the two families from which they come.

The bride and groom will light the center candle from the other two. The three candles will remain lit.

One candle for each of them, one candle for the unity of their new family, and as symbols of their commitment to each other and to a lasting and loving marriage.

Bride and Groom please light your candle.

Unity Candle Ceremony (Short Version)

"As we light this candle, let it represent the unity of [Bride] and [Groom] life together from this moment on. As this one light cannot be divided, neither shall their marriage or lives be divided. May the radiance of this one light be a testimony of your unity."

Lighting of the Family Candles

Earlier I said that with this marriage a new family is born. In that context [Bride] and [Groom] will now invite [Child or children] to come up with them to light a unity candle.

This will symbolize the birth of their new family. With this marriage, [Bride] and [Groom] and [Child or children] have confirmed the bond among them that has grown and deepened over the past several years.