Family Unity Candle Ceremony
Today you have decided to share the rest of your lives with each other.
This marriage is not just the joining of GROOM and BRIDE, it is also the joining of [NAMES OF FAMILY MEMBERS]
who are here with us today, and those who are present today only in our memories.
This candle before us symbolizes the joining of GROOM and BRIDE's past and of the new family they have formed here today.
May it serve as a reminder to them of their faith in each other and their willingness to enrich their marriage and their family in every way.
Just as your love for one another, the flames that light the individual candles will burn brighter when joined together.
The lighting of the center candle represents not only the union of GROOM and BRIDE in marriage,
but the unity formed in this new family in which your lives will always shine as one.
Light the center candle, extinguish your individual candles and be forever united in love.
(NOTE: The additional candles for the family members should be smaller in size. The Groom and Bride light these smaller candles, and then all together, each member takes their candle and lights the center Unity Candle. This ceremony DOES NOT work at outdoor coastal locations like the beach, cliffs or shoreline parks... much too windy at the coast so couples should opt for the sand ceremony)