The Unity Candle Ceremony became popular as part of Catholic Weddings, although it's significance is universal, the joining of the couple as a new family
Each style of ceremony includes significant words to explain to your guests the relevance of your chosen wedding candle ritual
There are many variations available for this ritual (11 to be precise) from the lighting of a single Unity Candle by the Bride and Groom, to generational Unity Candle Ceremonies, using either five or seven candles to include either the mothers or all four parents, and/Grandparents of the Bride and Groom. The mothers, or parents, come forward and light their candles from two votive candles that are lit prior to the ceremony. They then turn to light the candles of the Bride and Groom, who in turn light the Unity Candle.
The Wiccan and Pagan candle ceremony focuses on the couple’s union in marriage. However, this candle ceremony focuses less on two families uniting (as a unity candle ritual) than on two individuals coming together, yet remaining independent. Interfaith or non-denominational couples could certainly include it in their ceremony.
Some couples choose to extend the light to their guests as well. The ushers distribute candles to all the guests as they arrive. After lighting and joining together their own candles, the Bride and Groom turn to the Best Man and Maid of Honour to light their candles. They, in turn, pass the light to other members of the bridal party and then it is extended through the Bride and Groom’s parents to all the guests. Given the time it takes to do this, it is best done only in smaller gatherings.
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