Symbolization of the Unity Candle Ceremony....
The Unity Candle, Bride and Groom use two lit tapered candles that symbolizes their individuality to light one pillar candle as a symbol of the both becoming as one in unity. During the ceremony, the mothers of the bride and groom light a taper candle from the candle holder in honor of their son or daughter at the altar. The symbolism of the Unity Candle, spiritual symbol of Life, Light, and the Eternal Spirit of love and caring. The Bride and Groom will take the 2 tapered candles together as 1 lit flame and light the unity pillar candle.
Whether or not the bride and groom decide to extinguish each of the tapered wedding candles after the lighting of the Unity Candle is up to the newly married couple. Some believe that putting out the flames of the tapered wedding candle shows their act of devotion and the commitment they've just made to each other.
Instead of the traditional unity ceremony with candles, the sand unity ceremony is becoming a popular trend replacing the candles. Very popular today for beach themed weddings but brides and grooms are using the sand in all styles of weddings as their choice for their unity.