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Monday, December 31, 2012

The Unity Candle Ceremony

The decision to add a unity candle ceremony to the usual marriage ceremony was not a very hard one to make when our wedding planner suggested it. The marriage ceremony is rather short if you look at it closely. Also, the significance of a unity candle ceremony is just as meaningful as the marriage ceremony itself. The entire ceremony further emphasizes the union of the two individuals as represented by the two smaller candles whose lights are used to light the bigger unity candle together.

The Unity candle ceremony requires three candles, two small tapered candles and one large pillar candle which is called the unity candle. The mothers of the bride and groom each light a tapered candle at the beginning of the wedding ceremony. After the formal vows are made, the bride and groom take each of the tapered candles and use them to light the larger pillar candle at the center together.

There are many interpretations to what the act symbolizes. The more popular interpretation is that it symbolizes the union of two individuals becoming one in their commitment. The mothers of the two individuals light the smaller candles to represent their love for their children. When the bride and groom light the unity candle together with these smaller candles, they are bringing together the love of both families for the newlyweds. It is a symbolic ceremony that adds to the meaning of the entire wedding.

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