The unity candle lighting ceremony is an important component of any wedding—a touchingly symbolic moment, this tradition makes wedding ceremonies even more special. But there’s more to a unity candle ceremony than simply lighting a couple of tapers. In order to properly set the mood, it’s crucial that you incorporate some sort of music into the event. We’ve done the hard work for you, and picked out five excellent choices for your unity candle music.
1. “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert or Josh Groban
This song is a classic—hauntingly beautiful, your mom is sure to shed a tear. Schubert’s version is performed on the piano, and is a great addition to an otherwise traditional ceremony that will feature either piano or string music. Josh Groban’s version, sung in his distinctive rich tenor, is equally fantastic and also best suited for a traditional wedding.
2. “Let it Be” by The Beatles
Another classic, this song elicits emotion from pretty much everyone who listens to it. Sweet and timeless, this would fit in well with both traditional and contemporary wedding ceremonies. The only caveat? You’ll have to stop yourself from singing along.
3. “When You Say Nothing at All” by Alison Krauss
A little bit bluegrass, a little bit country, this super romantic song is far from a stomp-your-boots-at-the-rodeo ditty. Alison Krauss’s crystal clear, angelic voice lends itself perfectly to the sweet lyrics—trust us, your guests will find themselves a little teary-eyed. This song would be an outstanding choice for any unity candle lighting ceremony, whether traditional or contemporary.
4. “By My Side” by Ben Harper
Ben Harper’s mellow style and husky voice make this song a poignant, slightly folksy, slightly blues-y choice for a unity candle lighting. Because it’s a little more alternative, this song would work best with a contemporary ceremony.
5. “Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cups
If you’re looking for something quirky and upbeat, this is the song for you. A surefire way to have everyone at your ceremony tapping their feet, “Chapel of Love” is a fabulous and fun choice for any contemporary wedding.
Now that you’ve chosen the perfect song for your unity candle lighting, don’t forget the details. Ask your DJ to properly customize the song for the length of the ceremony, keeping in mind that most unity lightings take between 60 to 90 seconds from start to finish. Your DJ should be able to fade the song out as the ceremony concludes. As long as you avoid an abrupt cut-off, your unity candle music will be an absolutely perfect addition to the ceremony!