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A Twist on the Traditional Unity Candle

July 30th, 2014

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 WateringWater a small tree and plant it somewhere special after the wedding.

Time CapsulePlace small items of meaning to your relationship in a box as a time capsule to open in the future.

HandfastingA popular tradition in Ireland and Scotland, the bride and groom’s hands are tied together to symbolize their union.

PaintingUsing 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.

WineboxPlace 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 InitialsHave a painting or sketch of a tree prepared and each “etch” each others initials in the trunk.

Padlock CeremonyCouples 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.