Unity Wedding Ideas

The typical unity wedding ceremony uses symbols, such as a candle, to signify the joining of the two people getting married. Sometimes using candles isn't possible due to the setting, sand, wine, bathsalts or even planting a tree are all great alternatives. Read more ideas that our members shared in the forum below.

Instead of a unity candle, my son had a wine ceremony. Carafes of red wine and white wine were poured into an empty carafe, then the mixture was poured into a goblet from which they both drank. I heard a lot of people talking afterward about how unique and different that was.

By Trixie from Turbotville, PA

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February 10, 2012

My husband and I were married February 14th 2010 in Las Vegas. It was simply the best day of my life. Just the two of us went with out telling anyone what we had planned. It was perfect for us. :0)

Unity Candle Ceremony (Belleza Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas, NV)

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July 1, 2009

My nephew is having a 4th of July wedding. It will be outside and he wanted to know what to use instead of unity candles because the wind will blow them out. Any other ideas with the same concept?

By Lisa Votaw from Stanford, KY


July 1, 20090 found this helpful

This isn't an alternative to unity candles, it is still unity candles:

It is an interesting unity candle ensemble which is made for outdoor use. You can enlarge the picture for a better view. The description says it has lamp oil in it. Problem is it is pretty pricey. I have seen large glass tubes like the one in the picture at Hobby Lobby and I'm sure you can get all the parts there if you want to make one yourself.

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My husband and I were married at a park in July about five years ago. We didn't use candles at all, instead we used sand. We each had a little vase of sand (his was brown and mine was purple). Instead of us lighting a candle together, we poured the sand simultaneously into a heart shaped container. It mixed in lines and looks really cool! This picture was taken with my cell phone so if you would like to get a better look just let me know and I will take a better picture and send to you! We bought all the stuff at Hobby Lobby for about $10!

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July 2, 20090 found this helpful

I love Harrison 2009's idea!

You can use battery operated candles :-) Here's a link where they have some really nice taper candles on pages 2 & 3 for very reasonable prices. Also, on page three they have wax coated red ones which would be cool for a 4th of July wedding :-)

Oh, but today is the 2nd :-o Call around to specialty party stores, Hallmarks, etc. Someone in your area must sell battery operated ones in your area. Walgreens down the street from me sells battery operated pillar and teas and someone must sell tapers :-)

Hope your nephew has a lovely wedding :-)

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July 2, 20090 found this helpful

In keeping with the holiday I say use sparklers. After all the meaning is the same no matter what you use for the symbols.

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July 2, 20090 found this helpful

The sparklers idea is good, but I'd have to vote for the tree. Good for the environment, and could be a lasting memorial to the union. There's a tree in our yard my hubby still calls "Emma Kate's tree," for the cousin for whom it was originally planted.

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August 11, 20090 found this helpful

What about Chinese lanterns. You could give one to each of your guests and then send them off when it gets dark. A nice alternative to fireworks and a lot cheaper!

I think you can pick them up on ebay.

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July 1, 2009

My daughter was married outside in our yard last weekend. Since the wedding was outside she realized that candles would not stay lit.

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