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If you’ve been to a wedding recently, you may have seen a unity candle ceremony take place as a part of the wedding. This is when two separate taper candles are lit, and then those two candles light one larger pillar candle together. This is symbolizes two lives joining as one or the joining of two separate families into one.

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The Unity Candle Ceremony - What Is It?

  1. 1. The Unity Candle Ceremony - What Is It?creativepersonalizedkeepsakes.com/the-unity-candle-ceremony/What is a Unity Candle Ceremony?If you’ve been to a wedding recently, you may have seen a unity candle ceremony take place as a part of thewedding. This is when two separate taper candles are lit, and then those two candles light one larger pillarcandle together. This is symbolizes two lives joining as one or the joining of two separate f amilies into one.The History of the Unity Candle TraditionIt’s not really known exactly when the f irst ceremony was done with the two candleslighting one, but some Christian f aiths started adding the symbolic ritual into theirweddings only within the last f ew decades.Because some f aiths still see the ritual as being started as a pagan symbol of unityand love, there are some Catholic churches that may not allow the ritual to beincluded with the rest of the actual wedding ceremony.I was at a Catholic wedding recently though where the mother of the groom and themother of the bride actually lit the separate candles f irst, and then the bride andgroom each took the candles and lit the larger candle together.So if you’re planning to include the unity candle ceremony in your wedding, you maywant to check with your priest bef orehand to make sure that it’s allowed in yourchurch.Is the Unity Candle Ceremony Specifically for Christian Weddings?No. This part of the ceremony can actually mean dif f erent things to dif f erent people,depending on their religion or lack of religion. So anyone of any f aith or even non-religious weddings can include this ritual candle lighting.It can be a very pretty and solemn part of your ceremony where you each take amoment to symbolically bring yourselves together as one.Or if you each have children f rom a previous marriage, the ceremony can be seen assymbolically blending two f amilies into one.In Christian-f aith weddings, the separate tapered candles are symbolic of the brideand groom. The larger, pillar candle represents God. As the two candles light thelarger candle, the meaning is now that they are joined together in God’s love.If the couple isn’t necessarily religious and they’re not exactly blending their f amilies,the ritual could be an expression of ending their single lives and starting theirmarried lif e.In the video below, the mothers of the bride and groom light their candles and then light the pillar candletogether to symbolize that they’re giving their blessing on the marriage of their children to each other.Create Your Own Unity Candle Ceremony Tradition
  2. 2. Because the ritual of lighting candles is so popular and at the same time it’s not based on any religioustraditions, your candle ceremony can mean anything you want it to mean.For example, say the bride and groom were separated and they’ve worked everything out in their marriage.They can renew their vows and use a unity candle to symbolize bringing their marriage back together.If the bride and groom each have children f rom previous relationships, their kids can light the candles with theirparents to symbolize the f amilies coming together.Where do you place the candles during the ceremony?None of the unity candles should ever be placed on any altar. Instead, you should have a separate table set upspecif ically f or these candles and the instruments to light them.The tables aren’t called anything in particular; just a simple accent table that you would place a cloth over andthen set the candles on.Are there special songs that should be played during the unity candle lighting?If you’re having a unity candle ceremony during a Catholic wedding, you can have Ave Maria played during thelighting.Otherwise, you can choose any song you’d like to be played, as long as the song has meaning to you or towhat you’re symbolizing with the unity candle ceremony.If you’re planning a unity candle ceremony, take a photo of the unity candle set you’ll be using, send it to usand we’ll make you personalized bookmark keepsakes f or your wedding f avors.

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