During the lighting of the unity candles, the couple will move toward the unity candles and stand on either side of the candle holders. Typically, two taper candles are placed on either side of the larger pillar candle or unity candle. The taper candles represent the lives of the Bride and Groom as individuals prior to their union in marriage. Together the couple will pick up their individual candles and in unison, they will light the center unity candle. Then they will blow out their own candles, symbolizing the end of their separate lives.