I am occasionally asked about ways to recreate a unity candle ceremony during an outdoor wedding or vow renewal. It can be tricky to light candles in the wind! The purpose of a unity candle is to symbolize the joining of two individuals into a third, unified being. So here are a couple of suggestions to consider.
Sand - There are many different ways to use colored sand. When a couple has children, the children can be included in the ceremony by being represented by a different color of sand added as well. Once the ceremony is completed, a resin can be poured into the top of the container to seal it and keep the sand from spilling out. The one pictured below can be found at Etsy.com's TheDreamWeddingShop.
Wine - Use a red and a white wine in two wine glasses. Pour some of each into a center decanter, thus creating a rose colored wine. This ceremony can be easily recreated on anniversaries, a date or just over dinner, symbolizing and remembering the joining together of their hearts. The one pictured below can be found at Etsy.com's ScissorMill.
There are many others ways, including a ribbon ceremony that links each of the new family members together, a bowl filled with water that each member floats a flower in, and more. The ideas are endless, and can be personalized for you and your loved ones. Want more ideas? I'm happy to discuss them with you!
Rev. Ronnie was ordained in 2010 as an interfaith minister through The New Seminary, located in New York City. She is available to perform ceremonies throughout the United States, aboard ship or in other countries.