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There is such a custom brought in the Chiddusei HaRan. The Gemara in Sanhedrin 32b writes that if one sees light of a candle in Beror Chayil (name of a town) it is like they are proclaiming "a party is taking place there, a party is taking place there ". The Chiddushei HaRan explains that maybe this is where the custom of carrying a torch before the chasan ...

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