Creating  a flame and opening a circle

Lighting Unity Candles during your wedding ceremony is a beautiful way to symbolize your lives joining together as one. Unity candles usually consist of three candles, two tapers and a pillar candle, but you can use be more.  The taper candles represent each of you in your uniqueness and are usually lit at the beginning of the ceremony, they can be lit by the each of you or a representative of each side of your family or friends, symbolic of their love and allegiance to you. The perfect way to symbolise your union and the pledge of unity between you and the merging of your families. Unity candles can be used in weddings, blessings, vow renewal and naming ceremonies.   


Closing the circle

Towards the end of the ceremony, you would each pick up a taper candle and light the centre pillar candle from your combined flames. A light has been shared, a bond has been created, the joining of two into one, blending your families and sets of friends and the circle has closed around your love, bringing the love and support of your familie’s fire and the brightness that will light the way and shine throughout your lives.

Gift of a Wedding 

Most of us have the time to save up and make plans for our wedding ceremonies, but just imagine how you would feel if you were in a relationship, happily planning for your wedding and a future together when suddenly life takes a turn that cannot be predicted. Diagnosis of a terminal illness is a shocking and terrifying event that stops you in your tracks and changes everything in a heartbeat. Everybody, no matter who they are should have the opportunity to have the wedding that they have always dreamed of.

Gift of a Wedding are a marvellous charity, who work tirelessly to pull together suppliers who give their services for free, giving the priceless gift of saying “I do” to the love of their life 

How Can I help?

Simply by offering the same service that I offer to any couple. A personalised, bespoke wedding ceremony. The couples in receipt of a wedding often don’t have the luxury of time, Patricia Harrison and her dedicated team of volunteers galvanise to make their wedding happen. In the course of my work I am invited into people’s homes and trusted with their most personal information which is an honour and a privilege and something that I never take for granted. Usually within the space of a week or two, I have met with the couple and have written the first draft. Faster than I usually work but time is of the essence here and a few late nights are not a problem. Their ceremonies contain everything their hearts desire, whether that be a simple traditional ceremony, weaving in all of the little personal stories and touches that make their relationship and family and friends so special and unique or including a symbolic ceremony too. Kaitlin and Nathan, wanted Unity Candles and wanted me to share that part of their ceremony with you.

Kaitlin and Nathan’s Unity Candle


Hello Liz, We are emailing to thank you for donating your time and services to our wedding on Friday. Thank you for the most incredible ceremony, and letting us have a printout we can keep. They are safe in my wedding memory box. I will never forget what you have created and you really made the ceremony as special as it could have been. Words cannot thank you enough x

The Williams’

How can you help?

It is an always an honour to meet people and to be part of their story, Gift of a Wedding rely heavily on the goodwill of others who donate their time and money, if you would like to help in any way at all, you will find all of the informatoon that you need on the Gift of a Wedding Website. 

Liz Thompson is a Family Celebrant based in Manchester in the UK and working across the North West of England, Liz creates unique and personal ceremonies and services for life events such as Weddings, Civil Partnerships, Baby naming, Vow Renewal and many more. 

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