The lighting of the unity candle is a very popular tradition amongst weddings. One in which one two taper candles surround one larger pillar candle. some traditions are that the taper candles are each lit by one member of the brides family and the grooms family (sometimes the mothers). These lit candles represent the individual lives of the bride and groom prior to marriage. After the vows and before the official announcement of husband and wife, the couple will each take their respective taper candle and simultaneously light the pillar candle and distinguish the taper candles. This tradition is a symbolic joining of two families into one.
As with any tradition there are many variations and each bride and groom will make it there own. One way in which couples showcase their individuality is the style of the candles in itself. Some may leave the candles plain with no fancities to maintain it’s purity. Others may jazz it up with ribbons, pictures, crystals and any other decorative elements.
In case you are considering incorporating the unity candle in your ceremony and are not into the DIY , below are some options that could get you started:
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Beeswax Candle Company
Whatever your style choice, it will not take away from it’s symbolic meaning.