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Unity Candle Ceremony - Bride, Groom and Children
Minister: You will observe that there are _______ candles on the Unity table. Through the love and illumination of God, your paths have come together, and in this symbolic ceremony, you will each take a lighted candle, representing your previous separate pathways, and together you will light the Unity candle, symbolizing your willingness to walk life's pathways together as one family.
_______ (# of Children) children will share in this marriage.
Minister to the Children: _______ and _______ will you please come forward.
Minister: The gathering of this new family will have a deep influence upon the children. We realize that in order for the home to be a happy one, it is essential that there be love and understanding between the children and the adults being married.
Minister to Bride and Groom: _______ and _______, is your love for each other broad enough to include _______ and _______ and deep enough to honor their presence in this marriage and to pledge yourselves to love and care for them?
Bride and Groom: We will.
Minister to the Groom (or Bride): _______, please light the taper candles for the children.
Minister: You may all now proceed in the lighting of the Unity candle.
Bride, Groom and children all light the Unity Candle.
Minister: May a kind God bless you all as family, and bless this marriage and this home, wherever you may be. And so it is.
Unity Candle Ceremony - Bride, Groom and Mothers
Minister: (ADD the mother's first names) _______ and _______, mothers of the Bride and Groom, will now come forward to light the taper candles for the Unity Candle Ceremony. The two individual flames, one representing each family, will demonstrate to us - in a very beautiful way - the symbol of two who become one as well as the faith, wisdom, and love that _______ and _______ have received from their parents.
Through the love and illumination of God, your paths have come together, and in this symbolic ceremony, you will each take a lighted candle, representing your previous separate pathways, and together you will light the Unity candle, symbolizing your willingness to walk life's pathways together as one.
You may now proceed in the lighting of the candle.
Bride, Groom light the Unity Candle
Minister: By allowing the flame of the two taper candles to remain lit, they also accept the individuality of each other as a means to fulfilling their commitment to one another. May a kind God forever bless this marriage. And so it is.
Special Note from Larry James: Since about 99% of my wedding ceremonies are at resorts and are outdoors, I no longer recommend the Unity Candle Ceremony. The least little puff of wind and the candles are either too difficult to light or they blow out.
The Arizona heat is another reason. Often the candles begin to bend in the sun and are not easy to remove from their holders. At indoor ceremonies the Unity Candle Ceremony works fine!
If you decide to do the Unity Candle, you may want to read the following tips to help with keeping the candles from being hard to light and from blowing out.
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