Candle lighting ceremony has become most popular in United States. The lightening of a candle is a relatively recent addition to the traditional wedding ceremony.  In the ceremony two tapers candles are used with a large pillar candle which is usually known as the unity candle. In the beginning of the ceremony the representative from each family, usually the mothers light the two tapers candles and later on the groom and the bride use this two tapers candle to light the large pillar candle together.

Often a unity candle is decorated with the wedding invitation, picture of the couple, an inscription and other ornaments. The candles in this ceremony are always almost white and most couples save the unity candle to light on their ceremony. The ceremony may be accompanied by special music or an explanation of the symbolism. The ceremony sometimes performed to symbolize the joining together of the two families and their love for the bride and the groom into one united family that loves the new couple.

The popular explanation is that the taper candles are lit by representatives from each family to symbolize the love and allegiance that each family has to either the bride or the groom. As the newlywed couple uses these two flames to light the unity candle, they bring the love of both families together in a united love of the new couple.

When the ceremony  is alternatively performed to symbolize the joining together of the two individuals, the tapers may be blown out to indicate that the two lives have been permanently merged or they may leave them lit beside the central candle, symbolizing that the married partners have not lost their individuality. One a bride and groom light a unity candle during their wedding ceremony, this signifies the two people coming together as one, much as the two flames of their respective candles join to form one flame on the unity candle.

Unity candle ceremony does not work very well outside if a brisk wind is blowing so you need to exile yourself to unity candles simply placed on a frame or holder. You could make this ceremony even more interesting by using lanterns or small flaming torches.

Sand unity ceremony is undoubtedly a most popular alternative to the traditional unity candle ceremony. It is also great for outdoor and beach weddings and windy locations, you won’t have to worry about a flame flickering and going out.  Its meaning is simple and beautiful: two becoming one. The bride and the groom both have their own color sand which is then poured together into one container to represent the blending of their two lives. It would be extremely difficult to separate the sand out again, just as the newlywed couple is so joined together.

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