The unity ceremony is a beautiful way to symbolize the merging of two people into one marriage and even the joining of two families into one.
One of the most popular ways to do this is with the unity candle. Commonly, at the beginning of the ceremony, the bride’s and groom’s mothers will each light a candle on either side of the unity candle. At a later point in the ceremony – usually after the ring exchange – the couple will each pick up a candle and light the unity candle in the center.
Other popular adaptations are tree planting, Celtic hand-fasting, bread breaking, and foot washing.
A thoughtful version for couples with children is the sand ceremony. Each family member participates by adding their own colored sand to a larger canister, creating a beautiful mix of multi-colored sand to represent the blending of their families.