So, what is a Goldfish Unity Bowl and how did it turn out for Cindy and Matt? First, I should explain that we had never seen or heard of such a thing as a Goldfish Unity Bowl, but the label hints at what it involves. In a nutshell, it is a variation of the Unity Candle ceremony, but with fish and fishbowls rather than flames and candles.
If you’ve been to more than a few weddings you have likely been to at least one where a Unity Candle was lit by the bride and groom to signify the blending of their separate lives and families. There are variations, but typically the Unity Candle is lit near the middle of the ceremony from two taper candles that were lit by the mothers when they are escorted in. In terms of wedding history it is a fairly recent ritual. It is thought to have originated in the 1930s and was controversial at the time since it did not fit with tradition.