(Closed) Question about unity candle and sand pouring

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’ve seen unity candles used in weddings for at least 10 years. It’s not new here, but using sand, or other items versus candles is. We’ll be using a unity candle, since our ceremony is indoors. Outdoor weddings have to be creative, because the wind will blow out the candles!

Post # 5
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think the unity candle tradition is older than 10 years.  I remember being very young and going to TONS of weddings and every one of them had a unity candle.  That was about 20 years ago.  Then again, the weddings I went to where always Catholic weddings…don’t know if that makes a difference.

Post # 6
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve never been to a wedding with the sand or candle, so I don’t think that it’s traditional. Our officiant tried so hard to get us to do one of them, but we refused because neither of us like them. Plus, when I think of weddings, I don’t think of that stuff. I think about “I do,” kissing, and walking in.

Post # 7
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I have never been to a wedding with sand or the candle either!

Post # 8
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

we didn’t have either.  I thought they were kind of new age-ish and we just stuck with the vows and rings!

Post # 9
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t know how long something has to be around to be considered a “tradition.”  I know that I had a unity candle at my first wedding in 1988..and even then, it wasn’t considered a “new” thing.  I’d certainly seen them before. 

Post # 11
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We are indoors but we are doing the sand ceremony….exactly like Shaunna said, for us its something to fill space, we are doing a non religious ceremony, will have some readings but we wanted a little more. 

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