Unity Candle

unity candle

Lighting a Unity Candle during your wedding ceremony is a special way to symbolize your two lives joining together as one.

Ceremony 1

BRIDE and GROOM, together as you light this candle of unity, you symbolize the flame of your own individual selves joining to ignite the partnership of marriage.

You also bring the warmth, strength and wisdom of your family’s fire as kindling for your own.

As BRIDE and GROOM, your flames are separate, yet they feed the same fire.

From this day onward, may you bask in the beauty of the light of your love, may its light shine bright and steady upon your path together and may its heat keep you warm through all the days of your lives and beyond.

Ceremony 2

This candle you are about to light is a candle of Marriage.

Its fire is magical because it represents the light of two people in love.

This candle before you is a candle of Commitment because it takes two people working together to keep it aflame.

This candle is also a candle of Unity because both must come together, giving a spark of themselves, to create the new light.

As you light this candle today, may the brightness of the flame shine throughout your lives.

May it give you courage and reassurance in darkness; warmth and safety in the cold; and strength and joy in your bodies, minds, and spirits.

May your union be forever blessed.


Ceremony 3

BRIDE and GROOM, the two separate candles symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends, in other words, your lives before today.

Lighting the center candle represents that your two lives are now being joined together as one.

Please pick up the lighted candles and together light the center candle.


Ceremony 4

Fire is believed by many to represent passion and purity. It is also associated with the security of home and family, as the warmth of the hearth and the home fires.”

We kindle this light in harmony with all that is good in life. Its’ dancing flame symbolizes the beauty and vitality of the love that has brought BRIDE and GROOM here today, which will enrich and sustain their lives through the years ahead.

BRIDE and GROOM will now light the outside candles representing the light of their individual selves.

BRIDE and GROOM, as together you now light the single candle, while leaving the separate candles burning, may it be known to all that you are individuals, each unique and different.

You have chosen the common commitment of sharing your lives, your hearth and your home together.


Ceremony 5

Fire is one of the basic elements on earth. Many ancient people worshipped it as the source of life itself.

Throughout history, many different societies have used candle lighting to celebrate and acknowledge special holidays and events.

For us, the light of these candles represents the foundation of love, its heat and its fragility.

These three candles represent each one of you and your marriage.

You will take your individual candles and light the large candle in the center, the candle representing your unity in marriage.

Your individual selves will remain burning and bright even as you become unified in your lives together.

Let the lighting of these candles reflect our thoughts on this day.

Prior to this moment you each walked separate paths.

Now as you light your candle, you embark on a marital partnership – a single path together.

Ceremony 6

From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven.

And when two souls are destined to find each other, their two streams of light flow together and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being.

They do not lose their individuality; yet, in marriage, they are united in so close a bond that they become one.

Now, following the profession of their marriage vows, they will light the large center candle from the smaller candles to symbolize this new reality.

In this way, they are saying that henceforth their light must shine together for each other, for their families, and for their community.



Ceremony 7

BRIDE and GROOM, will now light center Unity Candle.

You will take the flame from the candles which your (names of candle lighters) have lighted.

You will see that this center candle is larger than the other two because it is the new family that has been formed today as you repeated your vows and will be a blending of all the love, traditions and experiences you have both shared with your individual families.

It is also larger because the middle candle represents Christ, who has brought you both together for this moment and to remind you that He is with you always as a partner in your marriage, to guard and to guide you in all that you do.

Ceremony 8

Today you have decided to share the rest of your lives with each other.

This beautiful union is now symbolized by the lighting of the Unity Candle.

The candle you are about to light is a candle of Marriage.

The individual candles represent all that you are and all that you have been until this moment

It is a candle of Unity because both candles must come together to create the new light.

Its fire is miraculous because it represents the light of two people in love.

This candle is also a candle of Commitment because it takes two people working together to keep it ablaze.

Love is like a flame; it has the heat of passion, it is constantly changing, its radiance is there for all to see and together you must protect it for being extinguished.

GROOM and BRIDE  please light the center candle to symbolize the union of your lives.

Today, as you have lit this candle, may the brightness of the flame shine throughout your lives together.

May the twinkle of this one light be a testimony of your union. May this candle burn brightly as a symbol of your love and commitment to each other.

The life that each of you experienced now, individually, will hereafter be united, for the two shall become one.


Family Ceremony 1

This candle you are about to light is a candle of Family. Its’ fire is magical because it burns with the flame of a family joined in love.

This candle before you is a candle of Commitment because it takes (insert number of family members) people working together to keep it aflame.

This candle is also a candle of Unity because all must come together, giving a spark of themselves, to create the new light.

As you light this candle today, may the brightness of the flame shine throughout your lives.

May it give you courage and reassurance in darkness; warmth and safety in the cold; and strength and joy in your bodies, minds, and spirits.

May your family be forever blessed.


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