Updated: Oct 2, 2020
The peak wedding season in the UK is typically May through to September but increasingly I’m being asked to provide beeswax candles for weddings throughout the year. One popular request is for Unity Candles as part of a Unity Candle Wedding Ceremony. This is a relatively new addition to the traditional wedding ceremony and is most popular in the US but is being embraced by couples in the UK and is becoming a regular feature in civil ceremonies.
The Unity Candle Wedding Ceremony uses two taper candles and a large pillar candle (the ‘unity candle’) which is placed in between the two taper candles. At the beginning of the ceremony a member of each family (usually the mothers of the bride and groom) light the two taper candles. Then later in the ceremony the bride and groom use the two lit taper candles to light the unity (pillar) candle together.
Another option is for the father of the bride to light the unity (pillar) candle at the beginning of the ceremony and then later the bride and groom each light the two taper candles from the unity candle.
Once the candles are lit they are put to one side and left to burn until the end of the ceremony. The candles can then be saved and lit again on anniversaries or any other family occasion.
As couples want to make their wedding ceremonies more personalised, this can be a lovely and simple addition to the ceremony which sets a lovely tone for the rest of the day.