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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Unity Candle

So I am sure you all have seen a unity candle done in wedding ceremonies. I just love the symbolism and I think it is a very important part of the ceremony. I saw a different version of the unity candle on a website, where the bride and groom have their traditional unity candle but also each guest is given a congregation candle (you know like the ones used in the candlelight Christmas Eve services at church).
The first guest's is lit. Guests pass the flame until all are lit. The mothers of both the bride and the groom come up to the alter to light the side candles. The bride and groom then light theirs together. This variation typically includes a proclamation that this ceremony represents the unity of friends and family supporting the couple in their marriage. I just LOVE this idea. I have never been to a wedding where it has been done but I think it will be very beautiful! If you will notice in the pictures I am posting, at this particular wedding (which was outside) they wrapped the candle with some sort of palm leaf or something--instead of those paper wax catchers. I wanted to make the candles look nicer than the paper wax catchers that come with them. I can't do the leaf thing because there ceremony is inside and I don't think it would look right. I have also thought about getting some pretty patterned or colored card stock and making my own wax catcher. Anyone have any other ideas?


Lauren said...

I love that idea! We did the traditional unity candle, but I love having everyone involved.