Unity Candle Songs

This page of unity candle songs is for you If you're lighting a unity candle or doing the unity sand ceremony in your wedding. Some of the following songs are especially appropriate for blended families.

While the exact history and origin of the unity candle is a bit "cloudy", it is mostly associated with Christian weddings in the U.S. It is not, however, a religious ceremony in and of itself, and while very uncommon, some churches--ie. extremely conservative churches and some Catholic churches--do not allow it during the ceremony. Again, make sure you check!

Basically, the unity candle/sand symbolizes one or both of the following:  the couple becoming one unit or the coming together of two families into one united family that rejoices in and loves the newly created union.

After jointly lighting the unity candle rather than sand is used, often the bride and groom will then extinguish their individual flame. However, some couples choose to leave their individual flame lit, indicating that they are retaining their individuality amidst their union.

Tips:

  • In general, unity candle songs are gentle and somewhat reflective in nature and can be performed instrumentally or vocally.
  • The unity candle/sand ceremony doesn't take very long, so you may want to choose a song that is not long.... or just have a certain part of the song played, ie. the refrain, for example. Remember that after you light the candle and return to your spot, you will basically just be standing there. For that reason, a hymn can be a good option due to its length. Vocal music can be another good option at this point, especially if the words have special meaning to you, and vocal music gives your wedding guests something to focus on.
  • If you do choose vocal music, make sure that the song's lyrics are appropriate for the moment.

While qualifying nicely for unity candle songs, the following songs are also suitable for other parts of the wedding ceremony such as before or after readings, after the vows are exchanged, after a prayer, and during communion.

Unity Candle Songs

Anywhere You Go

Amazing Grace

As Two Become One

Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod or Schubert)

Beautiful In My Eyes

Because You Loved Me

Coming Home

Endless Love

From This Moment On

Here And Now

Household of Faith

I Will Be Here

If You Do

It Will Always Be You

O Perfect Love

One Hand, One Heart

The Gift Of Love

Two Hearts, One Love

Now that you've decided upon music for the lighting of your unity candle or as special music within the ceremony, you'll want to start looking at some jubilant wedding recessional music to send you on your way...........


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