A unity candle is a symbolic way of showing the joining of a couple in marriage.  You will each light a candle representing you as two individuals – ‘twin flames’ – usually before you make your legal declarations.

After you have been declared legally married and have signed your marriage schedule, you would each use your individual candles to light a third ‘unity’ candle. Your individual candles will remain lit, since you retain your individuality.

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