The lighting of the Unity candle is a relatively new addition to a wedding ceremony. The unity candle is used to symbolize the joining together of two families and also the union of the bride and groom into one. Here is a step by step process of the use of the Unity candle in a wedding.
The unity candle comprises of two tapper candles and the unity candle ( a pillar candle). You can personalize this candles to best fit your wedding theme and personalities however majority of the unity candles tend to be white in color.
At the beginning of the wedding ceremony a representative of each family is chosen, usually the mothers of the bride and the groom, to light the two taper candles.
After the bride and groom have said their vow they both light the unity candle together. The lighting ceremony may be accompanied by special music.
It is customary for the couple to save the unity candle and relight it on anniversaries.