(Closed) What are some unity candle alternatives?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Neither were we, so we are going to literally “tie the knot.” Here is the excerpt from our ceremony (italics are directions, not to be read):

Ribbon Ceremony

Pastor: Amaryllis and Fiance have chosen to do a ribbon ceremony as a symbol of their union. Tying the knot did not start out being an abstract term; the lovers’ knot that binds two hands together represents an everlasting union, and the tying of a knot is still practiced in various ways in many cultures around the world as a symbol of love, affection, faith, friendship, and unity.

A and FI press their raised hands together and Pastor begins wrapping a ribbon loosely around their hands.

The two ends represent your separate lives before today; but looped over into a knot, you are joined as one. Love made fast by the tying of a knot. 

Pastor loops the two ends into a loose slip knot and then removes the ribbons from the couples’ hands. Pastor hands one end to Bride and the other end to the Groom. A and FI both pull their ends, tightening the knot in the center of the ribbons. Pastor  takes ribbons and places them on the table.

Keep these ribbons in a special place, as a symbol of your promise to one another.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

There are also ring warming ceremonies, love letter exchanges, or you could just make up something that is special to you!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My friends did a wine ceremony. Basically a sand ceremony, but with wine. They mix their two wines and then each take a drink.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

If you are religious the braiding of the rope is nice. It implies that a marriage takes three—God, Husband, Wife.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

You can also do a wine box ceremony. I can’t remember exactly how they work, but you put wine & letters in a box and have a ceremony around sealing it with the idea that you open it at your 5 or 10 year anniversary, read the letters and drink the wine.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We’re still doing a unity candle so we can involve our mothers, however, we’re using an engraved vase and a floating candle- that way we don’t have a useless hunk of wax sitting around our house and instead have a vase that we can use for random things throughout the years.

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