A “unity candle” is a special touch to a wedding.
Three candles are in a row, two smaller ones on either side of a large central candle.
One smaller candle symbolizes the bride’s family and the other one symbolizes the groom’s family.
The third candle, in the middle of the two shorter candles, represents the uniting of both families.
At the beginning of the ceremony, the shorter candles are lit.
The bride and groom light the third, taller candle after they become husband and wife.
In lighting the taller candle, the bride takes her family’s candle and the groom takes his family’s candle and together they jointly light the “unity candle”.
The flames of the two shorter candles are then extinguished leaving one candle lit as a symbol of the families coming together as one.