5 Fun Twists On The Unity Candle

Personalize your ceremony with one of these new ideas.
by Simone Hill
Unique unity ceremony ideas
photo by onelove photography

We're guessing you've probably heard of the unity candle lighting ceremony, or maybe even seen it a few times. It's a traditional Christian wedding ceremony ritual that involves the couple lighting one large candle from two smaller family candles lit by the mothers. 

The ceremony represents the bringing together of two families and the bond of the newlyweds. The unity candle tradition is tried and true, but if you're looking for a new way to symbolize your marriage here are five awesome ideas you'll love.

1. Tie The Knot Together

Tying the knot as an alternative to a unity candle ceremony

The term “tying the knot" comes from the tradition of handfasting where the couple's hands were bound together with a scarf or rope. Give it a modern twist with some sturdy rope that can become a keepsake once the ceremony is over.

From: A Romantic, Winter Wedding at Cathedral Park in Portland, Oregon

2. Plant a Tree

Planting a tree for a unique twist on the unity candle ceremony

There are a few ways you can really personalize this alternative unity ceremony. For example, use soil from each of your childhood yards or water from a meaningful location (think: from a nearby, frequented lake) and pour them in the pot together. 

3. Box Up Your Favorite Alcohol

Boxed gin ceremony in place of a unity candle

We love the idea of boxing up wine that can be enjoyed for a milestone anniversary, but if wine isn't your thing, go for your favorite spirit like whiskey or gin.

From: A Modern Industrial Wedding at the Cotton Room in Durham, North Carolina

4. Wedding Party Ribbons

Creative unity ceremony alternative to a candle

For a sweet way to incorporate your family or wedding party, give each of them a ribbon to tie over your hands. 

From: A Whimsical Backyard Garden Wedding in Pittsboro, North Carolina

5. Boxing Away Love Letters

Boxing away love letters as a cute unity ceremony idea

Write each other a few different love letters to be opened at different anniversaries or milestones. For example, you could write them for your first anniversary, when you become parents or when you enter retirement together. 

From: A Modern Garden Wedding at Lombardi House in Los Angeles, California

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