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I am often asked by Atlanta Georgia brides and grooms who are getting ready to marry “Is there any way we can incorporate our children into the wedding ceremony?” This is a meaningful question and one that can be easily answered. There are several ways to do this but the way I find to be the most significant is to include the children in the Unity Candle Ceremony (see my article on “The Meaning and Symbolism Behind the Ritualistic Lighting of the Unity Candle at a Wedding Ceremony” – March 18 2010) . This will symbolically demonstrate the love and commitment which is brought to the marriage through the joining together of a blended family. The way the ceremonial act proceeds is to have the minister bring parents and children forward to encircle the Unity Candle. Rather than simply the two burning candles representing the bride and groom, there are now as many burning candles as there are family members. The minister then asks the parents, “Do you promise to love these children, to support them in all they do, and to accept the responsibility of being their parents?” The bride and groom answer together “We do.” The parents then read in unison the following: “We promise to love and accept you as our own child(ren) and love you all of our lives. We promise to do our best to guide and support you and to respect you enough to allow you to see the world through your own eyes. Thank you for welcoming us into your hearts. Today our family truly becomes one!” At this time they each take a candle and together light the Unity Candle. A song may be played while this is taking place. This unique Unity Candle ceremony is extremely easy to put together and very powerful in meaning. It is a truly a divine piece of symbolism that helps the blended family become one! Send me your thought, ideas, and questions on Atlanta Weddings to:



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