A Twist on the Traditional Unity Candle
Many couple choose to perform a ceremony such as a unity candle to symbolize the joining together of the two families, as well as the union of two individuals, becoming one in commitment. I love the idea of the symbolism in this ceremony, but I also think it could use a little refresh. Here are a few new ideas for the traditional practice. (click on the title for photo credit)
Tree Watering – Water a small tree and plant it somewhere special after the wedding.
Time Capsule –Place small items of meaning to your relationship in a box as a time capsule to open in the future.
Handfasting – A popular tradition in Ireland and Scotland, the bride and groom’s hands are tied together to symbolize their union.
Painting – Using a color for the bride and a color for the groom, paint a small abstract painting using the two colors to symbolize your union.
A Chord of Three – The bride and groom braid three strands of rope to symbolize their union and their commitment to each other and God.
Winebox – Place a special bottle of wine and a love letter to your husband/wife and nail the box shut. It can then be open on a special anniversary.
Trunk Initials – Have a painting or sketch of a tree prepared and each “etch” each others initials in the trunk.
Padlock Ceremony – Couples lock padlocks on an art piece or permanent structure and the keys are then “tossed away” to symbolize a love that will not be broken.