The Unity Candle Ceremony is one of the most frequently used rituals in a wedding ceremony. One important consideration is that it is best used in indoor ceremonies. The lighting of the candles is quite difficult in an outdoor setting where even the most gentle of breezes will extinguish the flames. The ceremony requires two thin tapered candles and one large (unity) candle. The two thin candles represent the bride and groom as unique individuals with separate lives, families, friends, and patterns of life. They light the unity candle as a symbol of the joining of their lives.
There are multiple ways to perform the ceremony. Either the mothers of the couple or the officiant may light the individual candles and pass them to the couple for the lighting of the unity candle.