However, the mother’s usually lights the two outer candles as they are escorted forward at the beginning of the ceremony. If there are breezes present, they may want to light the taper candles just prior to the Unity Candle Ceremony.
A Unity Candle set consists of two slender candles (called tapers) and a large center candle. They are usually white candles.
The Unity Candle Ceremony is a popular choice for both religious and non-religious ceremonies because it is nondenominational and has no religious significance.
The two outer candles represent your individual lives before today. They represent all that you are from your past experiences, and they represent your individual families. As you each take a single candle and light the center candle, you will extinguish your individual candles.
Often the Bride will blow out the Groom’s taper candle and the Groom will blow out the Brides taper candle. This represents the closing of the chapters in your individual Books of Life and the beginning of new chapters as you begin to write a new book of Life as wife and husband!