Some wedding traditions go way, way, way back others, like the lighting of the Unity Candle, is only 40 years old. The lighting of the Unity Candle is more of an American tradition and symbolizes the “union” of two families and/or two individuals. Some trace the popularity of the Unity Candle to a famous wedding that took place on the soap opera General Hospital in the early 80′s. When “Luke & Laura” finally tied the knot and had a Unity Candle at their fictional wedding, Unity Candle Ceremonies suddenly became popular in the U.S.
Here is a sample of Unity Candle Vows:
Unity Candle Ceremony
“___________________ and ________________ the two lighted candies symbolize your separate lives, your separate families and your separate sets of friends. I ask that you each take one candle and that together you light the center candle. The individual candies represent your individual lives before today. Lighting the center candle represents that your two lives are now joined to one light, and represents the joining together of your two families and sets of friends to one.”
If Children Are Involved
“The lighting of the center candle represents not only the union of ____________ and ___________ in marriage, but the unity formed in this new family in which your lives will now shine as one family.
Moments of Elegance has a nice selection of Unity Candles to choose from and they range in prices from as low as $20 to $84.99.
Queen Anne Red Swarovski Crystal Unity Candle and Taper Set($64) – This heirloom quality paraffin unity candles are hand made in an oval shape with red and Queen Anne flowers, Swarovski crystals and shimmering faux pearls. They add sophisticated beauty and sparkle to any wedding or event. Personalization is the two first names of the bride and groom, the first initial of the groom’s last name and the numerical wedding date. Comes wrapped in cello and tied with a red/burgundy ribbon. Pillar measures 3″x9″. Hand decorated tapers are 12″.
Single Unity Candle ($39.99) — Hand printed, hand polished, heirloom quality unity candle. Choose candle image, white or ivory candles, silver or gold band, and black, gold or silver ink. Includes one 3″ x 9″ unity candle.