It is important for every bride and groom who plans to incorporate the ritualistic lighting of the Unity Candle into their wedding ceremony to have an understanding of the meaning behind the formal symbolism. At the beginning of the ceremony, the two lighted candles represent the bride and groom. These are two separate and individual hearts aflame. As the couple takes both candles and light a third candle together with their own individual candles, the two flames then burn as one. At this time, the two families become one family and the two lights become one light. Here, the minister can say with great hope and enthusiasm "Let this light shine for all the world to see!"