Top 100 Wedding Unity Ceremony Songs (Candle, Sand, Rope)

Updated on February 1, 2023 | Written by Matthew Campbell (Editor of My Wedding Songs and wedding DJ)

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The unity candle ceremony is a symbol of two people joining as one.

Two families unite. Two souls unite.

It takes place during the wedding ceremony after the wedding couple exchanges their vows.

Traditionally, the bride lights a single candle for herself, and the groom lights a single candle for himself. Then, the wedding couple lights their “unity candle” together.

Choosing the right candle song is important; we have some suggestions.

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We’ve talked to wedding couples through social groups and analyzed hundreds of wedding DJs’ playlists across the U.S. that provide ceremony music.

We selected a list just for you of the most popular and unique unity ceremony songs.

Every couple’s music tastes are different. Thus, we selected unity ceremony songs that include many different eras and music styles.

My Top 7 Unity Candle Songs

1. “Canon in D” by Brooklyn Duo
2019 – With more than 15 million views on Youtube, this piano and cello duet is an instrumental cover of one of the most popular wedding songs of all time behind the “Wedding March”.

2. “One + One” by Lawson Bates feat. Olivia Collingsworth
2019 – If you are looking for a religious song for your unity ceremony, listen to this song as it describes a couple joining together with God.

3. “Hand in Hand” by David Arkenstone
2018 – This Celtic gem fits perfectly into any wedding ceremony.  It can be used not only for the unity candle lighting but also for the rope ceremony or sand ceremony.

4. “Air on a G String” by Hauser
2020 – Hauser is a cellist and a member of 2Cellos.  He broke out on his own on this widely popular instrumental wedding song.

5. “No Matter Where You Are (Wedding Version)” by Us The Duo
2020 – Even though they did not win the season they were on America’s Got Talent, this song will win over your heart.

6. “I Would, I Could, I Do (Duet)” by Treela
2019 – This song is not by a superstar singer but this beautiful song has the perfect message for a message of unity during a wedding ceremony.

7. “Take My Hand (The Wedding Song)” by Emily Hackett feat. Will Anderson
2014 – This is a great love song in the singer-songwriter category.  If you want to know the background of this song, read our interview with Emily.

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What are popular unity ceremony songs by genre?

Folk

If I Didn’t Love You – Ben Abraham

Released in 2022, Genre: Folk
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Lovable Lyrics:

Would I be drifting
With nowhere to land?
I don’t know what I’d do
If I didn’t love you

Sing Me a Song – William Prince, Serena Ryder

Released in 2022, Genre: Folk
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Lovable Lyrics:

So sing me a song, babe
What kind of song, babe
The one you hear when you look into my soul

Hold Us Tight (Acoustic) – The Macarons Project

Released in 2021, Genre: Folk
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Lovable Lyrics:

Once again
Know that my heart
Will always be for you

Better Half – JJ Heller

Released in 2021, Genre: Folk
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Lovable Lyrics:

Any way you choose to do the math
You will always be my
My better half

I’ve Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You – Bob Dylan

Released in 2020, Genre: Folk
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Lovable Lyrics:

I’d preach the gospel, the gospel of love
A love so real, a love so true
I’ve made up my mind to give myself to you

No Matter Where You Are (Wedding Version) – Us The Duo

Released in 2020, Genre: Folk
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Lovable Lyrics:

I won’t let you go
No matter where you are
No matter where you are, I’ll be there

Compass (Cinematic Version) – Analog Heart

Released in 2019, Genre: Folk
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Lovable Lyrics:

(Instrumental)

I Chose You – Caleb Edens

Released in 2019, Genre: Folk
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Lovable Lyrics:

That’s why you’re mine
That’s why I walk the line
So don’t ever question why
I Chose You

Forever From Now – Sheffield

Released in 2019, Genre: Folk
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Lovable Lyrics:

I will love you forever from now
And I will hold you like no one’s around
Forever from now

Hallelujah – Alison Sparrow

Released in 2018, Genre: Folk
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Lovable Lyrics:

(Instrumental)

Before You – Fortunate Ones

Released in 2018, Genre: Folk
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Lovable Lyrics:

And you can doubt every word I’ve ever said
Most of them are true
Like I can’t remember my life before you

Touching Heaven – JOHNNYSWIM

Released in 2016, Genre: Folk
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Lovable Lyrics:

I’m not just waiting for skies to part
You’ve been my glimpse of Kingdom right from the start
And you got me touching heaven

One Flame – Amber Norgaard

Released in 2010, Genre: Folk Rock
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Lovable Lyrics:

As we go on this day
Commit to Thy Way
Forever in Faith
Together in One Flame

By My Side – Ben Harper

Released in 1995, Genre: Folk
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Lovable Lyrics:

My love is never-ending
You are my saving grace
By my side

Wedding Song (There Is Love) – Peter, Paul & Mary / Noel Paul Stookey

Released in 1969, Genre: Folk
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Lovable Lyrics:

As it was, in the beginning, is now and til the end
Woman draws her life from man and gives it back again
And there is Love

Pop

Last Love – Jon Mullins

Released in 2022, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

Who cares about history
That’s all in the past
I knew the first time that I saw you
You’d be my last
Last love

Worth It – Ryan Cabrera

Released in 2022, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

I’m done with searching
‘Cause you’re worth it
It was all worth it

Songbird – Rita Wilson, Josh Groban

Released in 2022, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

And the songbirds keep singing
Like they know the score
And I love you
I love you

Chance of a Lifetime (The Proposal) – Cory Singer

Released in 2022, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

I think you and me
Could make some memories
If you say yes my dreams
We will be complete

Make You Feel My Love – Blessing Offor, Bob Lanzetti

Released in 2022, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

And there is no one there to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love

When You Married Me – Andrew Brien

Released in 2022, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

All of the times I’ll remember
Why it’s lucky to be me
Cause I’ll look back on every year
And I’ll remember that you married me

I Do – Monique Melendez, Byron Addison

Released in 2021, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

I’ll stand by your side
Cause I promise to tell you, baby, I Do.

I Am Yours – Andy Grammer

Released in 2019, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

I am yours
Now and always
Wouldn’t dream to be anything more

Here, Right Now – Joshua Radin

Released in 2019, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

‘Cause you’re here (I’m here)
Right now (right now)
Not lost (not lost) but found
And everything I’ve done
Has broughten me to you

The Only One – Music Travel Love

Released in 2019, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

Don’t you know that I’ll always be there
Baby, I swear, ’till my days on this earth are done
You’re the only one

Could I Love You Any More – Reneé Dominique feat. Jason Mraz

Released in 2019, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

Finding you is like a miracle
Only this wonder remains
Could I love you any more?

All My Life – SAILR

Released in 2019, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

I’m gonna stay right by your side
I’m gonna live to make you smile

Nothing Lost – The Alternate Routes

Released in 2019, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

Nothing Lost is ours to lose
You’ve got me, and I’ve got you
My heart lives where you are

I Would, I Could, I Do (Duet) – Treela

Released in 2019, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

Would I, could I, shall I,
Spend the rest of my life with you?
I would, I could, I do

I Belong to You – Jacob Lee

Released in 2018, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

I belong with you
When they let us choose
I will say I do

Love Someone – Lukas Graham

Released in 2018, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

If you love someone
And you’re not afraid to lose ’em
You probably never loved someone like I do

Today I Do – Tamia

Released in 2018, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

Today I do, today I do
Today I’m saying I do to you
Today I do, today I do

Promise To Love Her – Blane Howard

Released in 2017, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

I promise to love her
With all that I have
I’ll put nothing above her
And I won’t turn my back

Yours – Ella Henderson

Released in 2014, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

And I know every day you say it
But I just want you to be sure
That I’m yours

Take My Hand (The Wedding Song) – Emily Hackett feat. Will Anderson

Released in 2014, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

Take my heart and take my hand
I’ll be your lover and I’ll be your friend
Take my heart and take my hand again, and again
Right where we stand

Guiding Light – Foy Vance feat. Ed Sheeran

Released in 2013, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

Oh and I will keep on moving ’till
‘Till I find my way home
When I need to get home
You’re my guiding light

The Wedding Song – Matthew Mole

Released in 2013, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

Heaven made your hand
To complement my hand
Like heaven made my heart
To complement your heart

I Choose You – Sara Bareilles

Released in 2013, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

Tell the world that we finally got it all right
I choose you
I will become yours and you will become mine

A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

Released in 2011, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

Darling, don’t be afraid
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

Ave Maria – Beyonce

Released in 2008, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

While you’re busy making plans
Suddenly hit you and then you realize
It’s out of your hands
Baby, you got to understand
Ave Maria

The Prayer – Charlotte Church & Josh Groban

Released in 2001, Genre: Pop
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Lovable Lyrics:

Needs to find a place,
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

Yours, Mine & Ours – Teresa James & David Chamberlin

Released in 2001, Genre: Pop
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Country

Our Forever – Spencer Crandall

Released in 2022, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

What you say we go and take on the world?
Just say the word and it’s you and I doing life together
This is the start of our forever”

Wherever Time Goes – Jake Hoot

Released in 2022, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

Deepest unforgettable
With all that I am, with my heart wide open
For the rest of my life, I promise you

Believe in Love – Charlie Worsham

2021, Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

And you, you make me believe in love
You, you give me a reason to trust that there’s
A happy ever after

If It Were up to Me – Johnny and Heidi

Released in 2021, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

A love like we’ve never known
Forever never alone
Still, you and me when that sweet heavenly symphony calls us home
If it were up to me

I Prayed for You – 4th + Main

Released in 2019, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

I belive, deep in my hear that
God would come through
Cause I prayed for you

Giving It All (To You) – Haley & Michaels

Released in 2019, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

Giving it all to, you know I’m yours for worse or for better
I say I do, but I will forever
And I would wait at the end of the aisle my whole life
I’m giving it all to you

If I Know You – Justine Chantale

Released in 2019, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

After all that we’ve been though
Here’s my vow to you
From this day forward, you don’t have to walk alone

One + One – Lawson Bates feat. Olivia Collingsworth

Released in 2019, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

It’s gonna take help, it’s gonna take faith
But with you and God and me
One plus one equals three

All Your’n – Tyler Childers

Released in 2019, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

There ain’t two ways around it
There ain’t no trying ’bout it
I’m all your’n and you’re all mine

I Do – Casi Joy

Released in 2018, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

And I’ll spend the rest of my life
Proving how much I promise you
That I do

Greatest Love Story – LANCo

Released in 2016, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

And I said
I wanna be your forever
So baby will you be my wife

Yours – Russell Dickerson

Released in 2016, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

You put a new heartbeat inside of me
You make me better than I was before
Thank God I’m yours

Marry Me – Martina McBride and Pat Monahan

Released in 2011, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

Marry me
Today and every day
Marry me

I Could Never Love You Enough – Brian McComas

Released in 2002, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

Baby, I still can’t believe I found you
I could never love you
Never love you enough

When I Said I Do – Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black

Released in 1999, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

When I said I do, I meant that I will ’til the end of all time
Be faithful and true, devoted to you

Amazing Grace – Lari White

Released in 1997, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

I was once lost
But now am found
Was blind but now I see

From This Moment On – Shania Twain & Bryan White

Released in 1997, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

From this moment, as long as I live
I will love you, I promise you this

When You Say Nothing At All – Alison Krauss

Released in 1995, Genre: Country
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Lovable Lyrics:

There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me
The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall
You say it best when you say nothing at all

R&B

The Akindele Wedding Song (Eternity) – Dynamic Media Services

Released in 2022, Genre: R&B
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Lovable Lyrics:

We step into eternity
And how happy we’re gonna be
I’m yours

Faithfully – Brian McKnight

Released in 2021, Genre: R&B
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Lovable Lyrics:

Oh, I’m in love, I’m love, you’re a dream
I promise you forever
For always, faithfully

I Found A Love (Live at Levon Helm Studios) – José James, Taali

Released in 2021, Genre: R&B
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Lovable Lyrics:

I found a love
The kind to hold
The kind that lifts you from the bottom of your soul

Sent From Heaven – Rahsaan Patterson

Released in 2019, Genre: R&B
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Lovable Lyrics:

You know, you know you are
A beautiful expression
An expression of love so glorious
Yeah, yeah, you are
Sent from heaven

My Word – Derran Day

Released in 2018, Genre: R&B
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Lovable Lyrics:

We’ll never grow apart
I won’t let it happen
You have my word

I Choose You (Acoustic) – Kiana Ledé

Released in 2017, Genre: R&B
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Lovable Lyrics:

I’m good on my own, but with you, I’m something else
You’re telling me to choose up, but I already choose you

Fall for You – Leela James

Released in 2014, Genre: R&B
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Lovable Lyrics:

My heart is ready
For love and to be loved
And I chose you

Happily Ever After – Case

Released in 1999, Genre: R&B
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Lovable Lyrics:

Take you for my wife, the center of my life
And I will never ever fade
From this choice I’ve made

For You – Kenny Lattimore

Released in 1997, Genre: R&B
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Lovable Lyrics:

Nothing I’ve said is hard to understand
All I feel, I feel deeper still
And always will, all this love is for you

Always and Forever – Heatwave

Released in 1977, Genre: R&B
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Lovable Lyrics:

Me with you, you with me, we as one
Love together (Always forever love you) for a very long time
Loving you
Always, forever love you

Inseparable – Natalie Cole

Released in 1975, Genre: R&B
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Lovable Lyrics:

Inseparable, that’s how it is
Inseparable, for the rest of our years
It’s so wonderful to know you’ll always be around

Indie

Lover of Mine – Louyah

Released in 2022, Genre: Indie
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Lovable Lyrics:

‘Cause lover of mine, you shine
You know I will care
For a love like this is rare

Ritual – Chadwick Johnson

Released in 2021, Genre: Indie
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Lovable Lyrics:

With the things we like to do
Enchanting ritual to hold on to
Little moments how they add up
I’m comforted in ritual and you

Anything – JJ Heller

Released in 2021, Genre: Indie
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Lovable Lyrics:

I’d give up anything for you
But I would not give you up for anything

Make You Mine – Meg Ammons

Released in 2021, Genre: Indie
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Lovable Lyrics:

I’m gonna love you ’til I die
From the moment I make you mine
I’m gonna make, gonna make you mine

For a Lifetime – Ryann Darling feat. Cory Ard

Released in 2018, Genre: Indie
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Lovable Lyrics:

For a lifetime of “I love you”
Two hearts, one beat
You whisper to me
Be mine for a lifetime

I Will Spend My Whole Life Loving You – Imaginary Future & Kina Grannis

Released in 2017, Genre: Indie
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Lovable Lyrics:

Oh believe me
I’ve been counting my stars
Cause I will spend my whole life
Loving you

I Get to Love You – Ruelle

Released in 2016, Genre: Indie
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Lovable Lyrics:

I get to love you
It’s the best thing that I’ll ever do
I get to love you
It’s a promise I’m making to you

The One – Kodaline

Released in 2015, Genre: Indie
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Lovable Lyrics:

You make my whole world feel so right when it’s wrong
That’s how I know you are the one

Rock

All Because of You – O.A.R.

Released in 2019, Genre: Rock
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Lovable Lyrics:

I wanna matter when we go outside and
Hold your hand when we say goodnight and
Tell you how I’m goin’ to make our dreams come true
All because of you

Never Stop (Wedding Version) – SafetySuit

Released in 2012, Genre: Rock
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Lovable Lyrics:

I’ll never stop opening your door
I’ll never stop choosing you babe
I’ll never get used to you

When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating

Released in 1999, Genre: Rock
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Lovable Lyrics:

The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me wherever I fall
You say it best when you say nothing at all

When You Love Someone – Bryan Adams

Released in 1997, Genre: Rock
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Lovable Lyrics:

When you love someone
You’ll sacrifice
Give it everything you got
And you won’t think twice

All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

Released in 1967, Genre: Rock
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Lovable Lyrics:

All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Christian

Always Be Yours – Scott Drury

Released in 2022, Genre: Christian
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Lovable Lyrics:

I promise from this day forward
That I will always be yours

Two Becoming One – Jonathan and Emily Martin

Released in 2013, Genre: Christian
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Lovable Lyrics:

Here’s my life, I lay it down
I give up myself for you
And here’s my will I submit to you
I will follow where you lead

When I Say I Do – Matthew West

Released in 2010, Genre: Christian
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Lovable Lyrics:

And now ‘for better or for worse’
Are so much more than only words
And I pray every day will be the proof
That I mean what I say when I say ‘I do’

Flesh Of My Flesh – Leon Patillo

Released in 2007, Genre: Christian
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Lovable Lyrics:

I do give my life to you
Today and everyday
I will stand right by your side
Whatever comes our way

Faithful Friend – Twila Paris & Steven Curtis Chapman

Released in 2001, Genre: Christian
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Lovable Lyrics:

Anywhere you are, anywhere you’ve been
I will be an honest heart you can depend on
I will be a faithful friend

A Page Is Turned – Bebo Norman

Released in 1999, Genre: Christian
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Lovable Lyrics:

A page is turned in this life, he’s making her his wife
And there is no secret to the source of this much life
When the grace that falls like rain is washing them again
Just a chance to somehow rise above this land

Classical

Air on a G String – Hauser

Released in 2020, Genre: Classical
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Canon in D – Brooklyn Duo

Released in 2019, Genre: Classical
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All Of Me – Daniel Jang

Released in 2014, Genre: Classical
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Just the Way You Are – The Piano Guys

Released in 2013, Genre: Classical
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One Hand, One Heart – O’Neill Brothers Group

Released in 2013, Genre: Classical
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Other

Infinity (Piano Version) – Flying Fingers

Released in 2022, Genre: New Age
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Hand in Hand – Thad Fiscella

Released in 2022, Genre: New Age
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Make You Feel My Love (Acoustic Instrumental) – Casper Esmann

Released in 2022, Genre: New Age
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Hand in Hand – David Arkenstone

Released in 2018, Genre: Celtic
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Ave Maria – Luciano Pavarotti

Released in 1988, Genre: Opera
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What is the unity candle ceremony?

The Unity Ceremony isn’t just about the wedding couple. When you marry, you also join families. A great way to involve your parents or grandparents is to have them light the candle for the bride and groom. It’s up to the wedding couple whether or not to extinguish their individual flames are left lit.

If you choose to honor your extended friends instead of the biological family, the best man and maid of honor can step in. It’s definitely up to you as the wedding couple.

This also works brilliantly in same-sex ceremonies. There is no gender-specific role. It’s about togetherness. One side lights each of their candles and passes that candle to the wedding couple. Their individual flames become one flame. It’s symbolic. It’s beautiful. It’s a tear-jerker. This is why choosing the right song for this part of the wedding ceremony is key.

What type of unity candle is best?

Unity candles are a big business for candle companies. They come in all sorts of sizes and colors. For the do-it-yourself bride and groom, they can buy a standard candle. Then, the candle can be decorated in your wedding colors with ribbon, beads, and whatever suits your fancy. Unity candles can be purchased as a single candle or in a candelabra setting with a single tapered candle on each side of the official unity candle.

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Should I play a song during the unity ceremony?

This ceremony isn’t long. So be aware of the time. If you choose to not have others participate, it will be even shorter. Talk to your wedding coordinator and professional DJ for great suggestions. The last thing you want to do is stand there awkwardly thinking, “I didn’t realize the guitar solo was so long in this song.”

Traditional wedding Unity Candle songs celebrate the union of the bride and groom. Bridal couples can select romantic pop songs “I Was Meant To Be With You” by Diamond Rio, “True Companion” by Marc Cohn, and “Give Me Forever (I Do)” by John Tesh. Bridal couples can also select instrumental songs perfect for church weddings like “Wedding Song” by Kenny G. Since the candles are being lit, a theme-appropriate song would be “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone.

Is there an alternative to the unity ceremony?

An alternative to the unity candle songs ceremony is the unity sand ceremony. The sand ceremony is perfect for venues that don’t allow candles, non-religious ceremonies, and ceremonies on the beach — of course!

The unity sand ceremony can be done after the vows are read as the unity candle ceremony would be. Alternatively, it can be done during the vows — especially if you write your own. The sand ceremony uses multiple sand colors to fill a single glass container such as a vase. The bride and groom take turns filling a glass vase — also known as the unity vase. The sand colors can be coordinated with the bridal couple’s wedding colors. The same unity candle songs below are also fitting for the sand ceremony. (Just don’t pick “Dust in the Wind.”)

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Matthew (Matt) Campbell is the founder & editor of My Wedding Songs. He is a veteran wedding DJ and knows the latest music trends to help you pick your wedding songs quickly. His articles will help you find the bangers and romance for your wedding day – or simply earbud happiness. He is an active member in wedding planning and DJ Facebook groups. Matthew lives in Las Vegas, NV, and loves traveling with his wife in his spare time. Read Full Bio.

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2 Comments

    1. Hi Teena. Absolutely. We have seen weddings with multiple events at a wedding celebrating two coming together as one such as the sand ceremony, unity candle ceremony, wedding rope ceremony, jumping the broom and more. It’s your wedding and do what makes you happy!

  1. My daughter is getting married in the Fall in the mountains. Candles for the unity ceremony Wong work since its outdoors and may be windy. I’m thinking the sand unity is more for weddings at the beach. Any suggestions for a unity ceremony in the mountains?

    1. Hi Fatims. Most of our unity candle songs will also be great for the sand ceremony as well. Just skip the songs with candle in the title of course.

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