Unity Candles are a popular addition to wedding ceremonies. It is a relatively recent tradition that dates back about 30 to 40 years ago, and may go back as far as the 1930’s. Television has had an influence on this ceremony as it gained some popularity when the widely watched TV soup opera, “General Hospital” featured Unity Candles at the wedding of Luke and Laura on TV in 1981.
Unity Candle Symbolism
The unity candle symbolizes the joining together of two families, or two individual lives. Typically the mothers of the bride and groom will light the two taper candles to represent the two families. Other times the bride and groom will light the two tapers before lighting the center candle. The bride and groom also will generally have a meaningful song played during the lighting of the candle.