Friday, August 12, 2011

The Unity Candle Ceremony

The lighting of a unity candle is a relatively recent addition to the traditional wedding ceremony. It is performed to symbolize the pledge of unity between the bride and groom and the joining together of two families.

{The Unity Candle Set: unity candle, two taper candles and two matches}

The Unity candle ceremony uses two taper candles with a large pillar candle (called the "unity candle") in the center. At the beginning of the wedding ceremony, a representative from each family, usually the mothers of the bride and groom, light the two taper candles before taking their seats. This is to symbolize the love and allegiance that each family has for either the bride or the groom. Later in the ceremony, usually after the exchanging of rings and before the couple is pronounced husband and wife, the bride and groom use the two taper candles to light the unity candle together. They either take a few minutes up by the altar to exchange a few words or they can take a flower that was placed by the candle and present it to their mothers. This symbolizes that the bride and groom bring the love of both families together.

{The Unity Candle Set being offered by Project Dream Wedding: Unity Candle, two tapers, two Secondary Sponsors candles, two offertory candles and two matches-- all customized to match your wedding theme and motif}

Generally, the two tapers are left burning and replaced in their holders (because each family's love for their own will continue). However, in some ceremonies they may blow out their individual candles to indicate that the two lives have been permanently merged.


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