Unity Candle Ceremony
Florida Weddings on the Go
The Greeting

____________ and ___________, we have come together to honor your love and commitment to one
another and support your decision to become lifetime partners.  May your love always be as constant
and unchanging as the water that surrounds us.

Poem – May You Always

May you always feel the happiness you celebrate today.
May the sun always shine brightly on your lives.
May you be there for each other, through your journey come what may.
May you wake up every morning with a smile on your face.
And may you always find delight in every close embrace, for you have finally found the love you’ve
waited for.

Vows – Groom’s Part

Do you ________, take __________ to be your wife?  Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and
protect her, and forsaking all others, be true and loyal to her for now and forevermore?

I do.

Vows – Bride’s Part

Do you _________, take ___________ to be your husband?  Do you promise to love, honor, cherish
and protect him, and forsaking all others, be true and loyal to him for now and forevermore?

I do.

Exchange of Vows

________ and ____________, the vows you are about to exchange will join your lives.  You both bring
individual strengths and weaknesses to this marriage, and as you stand together as a married couple,
may you complement each other and fulfill what each other needs as your love and commitment
continue to deepen throughout your married life.

Groom’s Vows

I, ________ take you __________, from this day forward as my wife, partner and best friend.  I promise
to take you to my heart as you are and as you will be.  I will walk by your side forever and grow together
with you.  I promise to support your dreams and to be there for you for the rest of our lives.

Bride’s Vows

I, __________, take you ____________, from this day forward as my wife, partner and best friend.  I
promise to take you to my heart as you are and as you will be.  I will walk by your side forever and grow
together with you.  I promise to support your dreams and to be there for you for the rest of our lives.

Unity Ceremony

Exchange of Rings

The wedding rings are symbols of the vows here taken, circles of unending faith and commitment,
perfect in form.  They represent the beginning of a long journey together filled with wonder, surprises,
laughter, tears, celebration, grief and joy.  May these rings seal your vows of marriage to each other.

Groom’s Ring Exchange

As a symbol of your love to one another, _________ place your ring on ______’s finger and repeat after
me.

_______, with this ring, I thee wed.  I give you this ring as I give you my love.  It is a symbol of the
strength and the trust I hold in you.

Bride’s Ring Exchange

As a symbol of your love to one another, _______ place your ring on ________’s finger and repeat after
me.

_________, with this ring, I thee wed.  I give you this ring as I give you my love.  It is a symbol of the
strength and the trust I hold in you.

A Blessing

May your home be filled with laughter and the warm embrace of a summer day.  May you find
peacefulness and beauty; challenge and satisfaction; humor and insight; healing and renewal; love
and wisdom, as in a quiet heart. May you always feel that what you have is enough.

Announcement

You have just given your hearts completely to one another.  From this day forward, your lives are
intertwined and nothing will ever separate you.

Having witnessed the vows you have just made to each other, by the joining of your hands, and the
giving of your rings, by the virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Florida, I now
pronounce you husband and wife.  

Congratulations!  ____________, you may now kiss your bride.   

It is my privilege to present Mr. and Mrs. _____________!
The Unity Candle is a very traditional wedding event.  A candle ceremony is not recommended to
be done outside since the candles will not stay lit.

During a Unity Candle wedding ceremony the mothers of the bride and groom light candles to the
side of the unity (center) candle which represent the separate lives, families and experiences
before the wedding day.  After the exchange of vows, but before the exchange of rings the bride
and groom take each side candle and light the unity candle together, uniting the families and
experiences into one.  

The wedding ceremony verbage for a unity candle can be the following:

Sample Unity Candle Ceremony - 1

"BRIDE and GROOM, the two separate candles symbolize your separate lives, separate families and
separate sets of friends. Please light the candles and that together you light the center candle.
The individual candles represent your lives before today. Lighting the center candle represents that
your two lives are now joined to one light, and represents the joining together of your two families and
sets of friends to one. "

OR

Sample Candle Ceremony - 2

"GROOM AND BRIDE have chosen to affirm their love by the lighting of a unity candle.  They have also
asked their families to participate in the lighting ceremony.  In so doing, they signal their desire to not
only join as one in their union, but to unite two families together as one.  
I want to take a moment to explain what the lighting of these candles represents to them:
From every human being there rises a light.  And when two souls that are destined for each other find
one another, their streams of light flow together and a single brighter light goes forth from their united
being.  

And Finish
GROOM AND BRIDE:  The brightness of the candles that your families have lit - and the brightness of
the unity candle that you will together light - will shine throughout your lives, giving you courage and
reassurance in the darkness.  May the candle's warmth give you shelter from the cold.  May its energy
fill your spirits with strength and joy.  
As you light the Unity Candle, I want to ask you - and all your friends and family that are present today
- to see the brightness of the flame as a symbol of the brightness that your own life brings to this new
family.  As you lift your candles to light your family unity candle together, so may your love for each
other light up your life as a family.  
Your mother's have each lit a candle for each of your families.   GROOM AND BRIDE, please use
those candles to light the Unity Candle together."