Are Catholic Unity Candles Suddenly Okay in 2014?

August 7, 2013

One thing a lot of couples struggle with is putting on a traditional ceremony that also showcases their creative side. Many modern couples are adding a unity candle to their ceremony service. If you are in the Catholic religion, is lighting a unity candle suddenly ok? Read on to learn what you should do if you are struggling with or considering this option.

A Catholic ceremony traditionally consists of a greeting, prayers, readings, and the vow exchange, followed by communion and concluding songs and prayers.

Catholic ceremonies don't use unity candles

At no point in a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony is a unity candle used.

While it may seem like a good idea in theory, it is best to skip out on having a unity candle during your Catholic ceremony. You don’t want to offend anyone, as tensions can run high when religious values and tradition are concerned.

Alternative Considerations

If you feel the need to do something special, consider lighting a candle together after you have your first dance as a couple as your reception kicks off. You don’t have to make a huge production out of it. Simply walk to the candle and light it as you make your entrance, or take a special moment aside, just for the two of you to reflect on the vows you just exchanged and the magnitude of the move you just made in your lives.

For couples who insist on doing some kind of unity ritual during the ceremony, you may discreetly work in sharing a glass of wine together while guests step up and take communion. It will not be overly noticeable and words are not even needed for this symbolic and special act. This is the most popular option.

Not into wine? No problem. Here are 5 more unity candle alternatives you can try out for your ceremony.

While it may seem frustrating, it is best to keep your ceremony sacred and simple and conform to Catholic tradition.

Leave Your Comments

  • Olivia Heartelly

    The unity candle symbolizes the precise character of the wedding function. Two candles, representing the couple are utilized to light a solitary single center candle as an unmistakable image of their dedication to one another. I think it is still best to use this ceremony not only in the year 2014 but until the next generation.

  • Tiffany

    The unity candle is such an established tradition at this point that I don’t think anyone would bat an eyelash if it were done at a Catholic wedding ceremony.