Wedding candles create a neat atmosphere at your wedding and can be used throughout the ceremony and reception. Whether you decide to use a unity candle at your ceremony to symbolize the joining or uniting of two families, decorate the church or add a nice touch to your table settings at the reception, candles add a special feel to your event. Here are a few ideas to incorporate candles into your wedding.
Include the lighting of the unity candle in your ceremony:
· The unity candle is a very popular tradition and symbolizes the union of two individuals and their families. Usually, the two taper candles are lit pre-ceremony by a family member, typically the mothers, and then the couple uses those candles to light the larger candle during the ceremony.
Include your guests with lighting the unity candle:
· Have the ushers hand a small candle with a drip guard to each guest as they arrive. Just before you light the unity candle, have an usher light the candle of the first guest in the back row on both sides of the church. That guest will light the candle of the next guest, and so on, working from the back of the church to the front. When your parents have lit their candles, light your tapers from your parents' candles. Then light your unity candle, surrounded by music and the warm glow of a church filled with candlelight.
Honor a loved one with a memorial candle:
· Honor a loved one's memory at your ceremony by lighting a candle inside a clear cylinder, which is printed with "In Loving Memory — this light shines as a symbol of a life and love remembered."
Decorate your table settings:
· Create centerpieces filled with charm. Add floating pumpkin or leaf candles and keep your theme running throughout each aspect of your wedding. Or, use personalized glass cylinders with floating candles as centerpieces. Engrave them with your choice of design along with your names and wedding date.