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The History and Usage of Unity Candles & Sets

The History and Usage of Unity Candles & SetsThe unity candle ceremony has been around for many, many years. Though the origin is unknown, it has been most agreed that the tradition is approximately 30-40 years old, or perhaps even to the 1930s. However old this act of unity is, it is still performed at weddings today.

Most popular in the United States, the ceremony begins with the lighting of the candle. A family member, that is most commonly the mothers of the bride and groom, step forward to light the two taper candles. Later (usually after the formal vows), the newly wedded couple will use the tapers to light the larger unity candle together.

This act of unity is performed to symbolize the joining of the two families as one; and combines each of the family's love for the husband and wife. It also symbolizes the coming together of man and woman becoming one and fully committing to one another. The old tale states this: the tapers are lit by a representative from each family to symbolize the love from each side. As the bride and groom light the unity candle, they are bringing the love from each family together in the flame. A lot of the time the tapers are left burning, though sometimes they are blown out (this especially if the ceremony is performed only to represent the joining of the bride and groom).

Usually unity candles are white or ivory. Rather than a plain, blank candle, a lot of the time it is decorated to match the theme or color scheme. Personalized ones are also available, or sometimes it even features a picture of the bride and groom. The options are endless with our large selection of unity candles. From personalized unity candles and floating unity candles and ones in the shape of fairytale coaches, you're sure to find something that pleases you.

An alternative to a unity candle is a sand ceremony set. Perhaps your church or venue prohibits the candles. If so, a sand set is for you. Instead of lighting the candles, simply pour the sand from the two smaller vases into the larger one.

Not only do we offer a wide variety of beautiful unity candles, but we even have holders, too. Our unity candle holders are sold as either one or three pieces; all with a stand for the unity candle and for the tapers as well. Choose from traditional designs in silver or gold, or choose one to match your theme.

Join together the two of you, your two hearts, and all of the love from each of your families with a unity candle or sand ceremony set. Don't forget to check out the unity candle holders to match!

2010 Kelsey Bowen, Little Things Favors

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