Hawaii wedding officiant : Unity Candle
Lighting the unity candle during a wedding ceremony is becoming a common tradition in many modern weddings. This ceremony is much more than simply the lighting of a candle and involves other family members, such as the mothers of the couple, or any children the couple may have from previous marriages or relationships. While the ceremony has become a popular custom in many Protestant weddings since the '80s, the unity candle's origins are not easily traceable.
The wedding unity candle ceremony signifies the bride and groom joining their lives together as they simultaneously light a large pillar candle.
The mothers of the bride and groom often light two tapered candles set in a candelabra on either side of a large pillar candle and hand them to their children. The handing off of the candles represents the life the mothers created and how this life will continue into the marriage.