(Closed) alternatives to the “unity candle”

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are doing the sand candle, but instead of using colored sand we are each collecting some from an area near where we grew up (me–Las Vegas; him–Mammoth Lake). It might not look as pretty but it will mean more and we can keep the bottle for decoration of our house later. Could you do something similar with the candles maybe? Get a regular one for the middle but choose tapers that each have a personal meaning, like a color or a scent that is the favorite for each of you.

Post # 4
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

we will probably do colored liquid that represents us (favorite colors) and pour them into a decanter that represents our family becoming one unit (we have children from previous relationships)

Post # 6
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m doing a Unity Cross.. See an explanation here.


I think it’s cool and it’s something you can keep in your home. I like the idea that it represents the bride and groom.. and the pins that connect the two crosses represent the Holy Trinity.

Post # 7
2718 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’ll be doing 2 things-one will be Unity Flowers-like the unity candle but with flowers. Each of our moms will carry up a bouquet of flowers with the same amount of flowers as there is family members. They’ll each put them in their own vase on the altar & there will be another vase in the center. When we go to do that, we’ll each take a flower and put it in the vase in the cener.

We’ll also be doing the Cord of three strands where you can find info on here. I also posted about that on my blog.

Post # 8
17 posts
  • Wedding: June 1992

The Salt covenant is another option.

Post # 9
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I just saw the Salt Covenant done recently at a Wedding and it was really neat!

Post # 10
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

what’s the salt covenant?

Post # 11
1260 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I got this off of Yahoo Answers, but I thought it was pretty thorough:

“It’s like you and your groom have separate pouches of salt. You pour the contents of your pouches into a particular vial or glass bowl or whatever containers. It’s suppose to symbolize the commitment and loyalty to one another and to God.

The idea of this ceremony being performed at weddings came from biblical times when men carried a pouch of salt on their belts. When two men wanted to make a covenant of loyalty, each would take some salt from his pouch and sprinkle it in the other man’s pouch. Then they stated the terms of their agreement and shook their salt pouches, mingling the grains of salt.Shaking the salt pouches reminded them that the covenant could not be broken, because it was no longer possible to go into the other man’s pouch and retrieve the original salt grains.”

Hope that helps! It sounds like a neat idea.

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