Hudson Valley Weddings – Great Song Ideas for Your Unity Candle or Sand Ceremony


Hudson Valley Weddings – Great Song Ideas for Your Unity Candle or Sand Ceremony


Unity candle or sand ceremonies are a popular way to celebrate your newfound love. Many weddings these days incorporate different versions of the idea and it is truly a lovely tradition to include in your special day.

If you are planning a unity candle or sand ceremony for your Hudson Valley wedding, you need to think about the music as well. The right song can add much more character to your ceremony and ensure the atmosphere is just right for celebrating your love and unity.

Here are some of our favorite song ideas for your unity candle or sand ceremony.

Instrumental Songs


If you are planning to read out a poem or say special vows during your ceremony, it might be a good idea to consider picking an instrumental song. This is a good idea since you can play it in the background and people are still going to hear what you say.

Some of the great instrumental songs include:

Johann Sebastian Bach – Sleepers Wake!

Johann Sebastian Bach – Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Alan Silvestri – Forrest Gump Theme 

Vocal Songs


Naturally, you might also pick a vocal song. Unity candle and sand ceremonies don’t need to include a lot of talking and therefore, you could allow the music do the talking for you.

Now, there are plenty of fantastic vocal songs for unity candle or sand ceremonies. Think a bit about your favorite songs, the message you want to tell people with your ceremony as well as the overall theme of your Hudson Valley wedding.


Here are some of the more classic song choices you could make:



If you are looking for something a bit more contemporary, then these songs might suit your unity candle or sand ceremony a bit better:

Naturally, you might also be able to find an instrumental version of the above vocal songs and choose to use them instead. When you are picking out the song it’s also essential to pay attention to how long your ceremony will last. You want to ensure your song doesn’t end before you are finished.

It’s a good idea to talk about the music with your wedding DJ, whether or not they are present at the ceremony. The DJ can help provide you the recording or give tips about fading away the music during the ceremony. 

Hopefully the above list helps you in finding the right song for your unity candle or sand ceremony. You can find more tips on how to plan the perfect Hudson Valley wedding from our blog and don’t forget to sign-up on our website for your FREE copy of our wedding secrets e-book!

What songs have YOU chosen for YOUR unity candle/sand ceremony? Let me know – I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Planning!
Laurie Kuerlemann
MC/Host/Wedding Entertainment Director/Ordained Wedding Officiant
Platinum Party Events Entertainment