Unity Candle Songs List, Best 54Matthew Campbell

The Unity Candle event takes place during the wedding ceremony after the bride and groom exchange their vows.  Typically, the bride lights a single candle for herself and the groom lights a single candle for himself.  Then, the bride and groom light their “unity candle” together with their single lit candles.  A unity candle song is played during the unity candle lighting ceremony.

Another great show of bringing families together through matrimony is to have parents and/or grandparents light candles and then pass the candles onto their respective daughter/bride, and son/groom.  The bride and groom then light their unity candle together.

unity candle songs

Unity candles are a big business to 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.

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.

An alternative to the unity candle songs ceremony is the unity sand ceremony.  The unity sand ceremony can be done after the vows are read, as the unity candle ceremony would be, or while the vows are read. The sand ceremony uses multiple sand colors to fill a glass container such as a vase.  The bride and groom take turns filling a glass vase, or 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.

Unity Candle Songs

98 Degrees – I Do (Cherish You)
1999, Pop

Alison Krauss – When You Say Nothing At All
1995, Country

Amy Grant – Say Once More
1988, Christian

Atlantic Starr – Always
1987, R&B

Bebo Norman – A Page Is Turned
1999, Christian

Ben Harper – By My Side
1995, Folk Rock

Bette Midler – The Rose
1980, Pop

Beyonce – Ave Maria
2008, Pop

Brian McComas – I Could Never Love You Enough
2002, Country

Bryan Adams – Everything I Do (I Do It For You)
1991, Rock

Bryan Adams – When You Love Someone
1997, Rock

Case – Happily Ever After
1999, R&B

Charlotte Church & Josh Groban – The Prayer
2001, Pop

Cher & Peter Cetera – After All
1989, Pop

Clay Davidson – Unconditional
2000, Country

Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman – All I Ask Of You
1986, Broadway

Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black – When I Said I Do
1999, Country

Debby Boone – You Light Up My Life
1977, Rock

Diamond Rio – I Was Meant To Be With You
1992, Country

Elton John – Circle Of Life
1994, Pop

Emmylou Harris – Pledging My Love
1983, Country

Firehouse – I Live My Life For You
1995, Rock

Heatwave – Always and Forever
1977, R&B

John Tesh – Give Me Forever (I Do)
2000, Pop

Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up
2002, Inspirational

Keith Urban – Your Everything
2000, Country

Kelly Clarkson – A Moment Like This
2002, Pop

Kenny Chesney – Me And You
1996, Country

Kenny G – The Wedding Song
1992, Jazz

Kenny Lattimore – For You
1997, R&B

Lari White – Amazing Grace
1997, Country

Leann Rimes – You Light Up My Life
1997, Country

Leon Patillo – Flesh Of My Flesh
2007, Christian

Luciano Pavarotti – Ave Maria
1988, Opera

Marc Cohn – True Companion
1991, Rock

Martina McBride – I Just Call You Mine
2009, Country

Mary Chapin Carpenter – Grow Old With Me
1984, Country

Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
1992, Rock

Natalie Cole – Inseparable
1975, R&B

Nick Lachey – This I Swear
2003, Pop

Peter, Paul & Mary / Noel Paul Stookey – Wedding Song (There Is Love)
1969, Folk

Rascal Flatts – I Melt
2003, Country

Ronan Keating – When You Say Nothing At All
1999, Rock

Sara Evans – No Place That Far
1998, Country

Shania Twain – Forever And For Always
2003, Country

Shania Twain & Bryan White – From This Moment On
1997, Country

Steven Curtis Chapman – I Will Be Here
1989, Christian

Stryper – Honestly
1987, Christian Rock

Teddy Pendergrass – You’re My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration
1982, R&B

Teresa James & David Chamberlin – Yours, Mine & Ours
2001, Pop

The Beatles – Let It Be
1970, Rock

Tracy Byrd – The Keeper Of The Stars
1995, Country

Twila Paris & Steven Curtis Chapman – Faithful Friend
2001, Christian

West Side Story Cast – One Hand, One Heart
1957, Broadway

Other great Candle Song Lists and Articles

Top 7 Unity Candle Songs
Songs With Candle In The Song Title
In Memory or Unity Candle Ideas


  1. FatimsReply
    July 2, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    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?

    • Matthew CampbellReply
      July 2, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      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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