The Unity Candle is a timeless tradition which many brides still hold dear. This ceremony consists of the bride and groom each taking a taper which has been previously lit and simultaneously lighting a third larger “Unity Candle” to symbolize the joining of their lives.
A suggestion for outdoor weddings, use a shroud or a glass case. The candle is then protected from any slight breeze which may inhibit the candle ceremony. Another option for breezy evenings, is to light the Unity Candle inside following the introduction of the bride and groom. An elegant ceremony as the candle can remain lit the remainder of the evening as a visible symbol of their union.
The Pastor will typically say the following as the bride and groom light their unity candle.
“The two outside candles of the candelabra have been lighted to represent their lives at this moment. They are two distinct lights, each capable of going their separate ways. To bring bliss and happiness to their home there must be the merging of these two lights into one light. This is what God meant when He said: ‘On this account, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall be one flesh.’ From now on their thoughts shall be for each other rather than for their individual selves. Their plans shall be mutual, their joys and sorrows shall be shared alike. As they each take a candle and together light the center candle, they will extinguish their own candles, thus letting the center candle symbolize the union of our lives into one flesh. As this one light cannot be divided, neither shall their lives be divided. May the radiance of this one light be a witness of their unity in Christ.”