The lighting of unity candle is a relatively recent addition to the traditional wedding ceremony, most popular in the United States. The unity candle consists of three parts: two taper candles and one large pillar candle. Usually, the unity candle ceremony begins with lighting the two taper candles by the representatives from the two families (usually the mothers of the bride and groom). Then after the wedding vows, the couple uses the two taper candles to light the large pillar candle together.
This sacred ceremony symbolizes the joining together of the two families, and their love for the bride and the groom. It also symbolizes the union of two individuals. They become one in commitment. The taper candles are lit by the representatives to symbolize the love and allegiance that each family has for either the bride or the groom. As the bride and groom use these two flames to light the unity candle, they bring the love of both families together in a united love of the new couple.
Generally, the unity candle is white colored. However, some color themed wedding may call for specially colored unity candles. Simple unity candle is often decorated with a wedding invitation, an inscription, a picture of the couple, some ribbons, or other ornamentation. To pursue a unique touch, there are also some couples who would like to curve the unity candle with special patterns. Of cause, quite a lot couples tend to spend efforts in specializing the candle holders.
Two flames from wedding candles joining together on one unity candle can be a powerful moment. If you are also yearning for that special moment, why not add a unity candle ceremony in your special day? It must be an unforgettable memory for your whole lift.