(Closed) handfasting and unity candle ceremony

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I feel like dripping wax has the potential for disaster. What if after the handfasting ceremony, you each take an end of the cord and wrap it around the unity candle?

Post # 4
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well, it is normal (from my understanding), that after you tye the knot in your handfasting, that you then perform some task. Performing this task symbolizes partnership and team work.

I am terrified of fire, so I have never paid much attention to unity candles, but I think the idea is you each have a candle, and then you light a big candle together?

You could light the candles, and then have the tying of the knot. You could do something with the candle, like carry it from the pedastal to a lantern. Although, you do risk setting something on fire with a candle and limited mobility.

You could work it in at two different parts of the ceremony, having them be two unique things instead of combining them, which would make it longer. Have one, and then a short sermon on how the unity candle represents two people becoming one, united in the fire of spirit and heart or something like that. Then have the handfasting, and talk about how that represents overcoming difficulties with team work. So you can use the different ceremonies to highlight different aspects of your new marriage.

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