Unity Candle:  “BRIDE and GROOM”  replaced by couple’s names.

Unity Candle 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.

Unity Candle 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.

Unity Candle 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.

Unity Candle Ceremony 4

BRIDE and GROOM have chosen to affirm their love by the lighting of a unity candle.

They have also asked their families to participate in the lighting ceremony. In so doing,

they signal their desire to not only join as one in their union but to also unite two families together as one.

From every human being there rises a light and when two souls that are destined for each other find one another, their streams of light flow together and a single, brighter light goes forth from their united being.

Unity Candle Ceremony 5

Today the bride and groom come here from two different families, two different heritages.

We are especially grateful for the values which have flowed into them from those who have loved and nurtured them and pointed them along life’s way.

The Heritage each brings to this marriage will continue to be an important element in their lives, but now will be shared between them.

Out of these two families, a new family will be created.

A very beautiful way to symbolize the two who become one, is to invite the mothers of BRIDE and GROOM to come forward and light the individual candles which represent the two separate families.

When the two individual flames are merged as one, it will symbolize the union of their two families in this marriage and the rich heritage each brings to it.

From now on BRIDE and GROOM will grow together as unique persons who will together create a rich heritage all of their own.