During a wedding ceremony unity candles are usually used to symbolize the unity between the bride and groom, as well as their family. The two taper and pillar candles are often placed on , on a small table on the altar or close to where the ceremony officiate stands if its an outdoor wedding. They need to be where the couple can easily reach them. Before the ceremony a family or wedding attendants should pre-lit the taper candles. The taper candle is used to representing the couples. The ceremony officiate should briefly discuss the significance of the unity candle during the lighting ceremony. After which, it is the turn of the bride and groom each use a taper candle to both light the pillar candle (two heart unity as one). The flame of the candle in the middle will symbolizes their new life together as husband and wife. The taper candles on both side may be left burning or extinguished its up to the bride and groom.

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