Gt and I wanted to incorporate an unity candle ceremony within our wedding as a symbol of love and union. For those who never witnessed a unity candle ceremony, here is a brief description. In the ceremony, close family members (for our wedding, it was GT’s and my mother) will light two taper candles, which represents the bride and groom as individuals. The couple will then each take a taper candle and light the larger candle together to symbolize the love and loyalty to one another created by the union of two hearts. The gesture of this ceremony is very sweet.
After a bit of shopping around, we realized that these candles were quite an expense for such a short ceremony. Also the majority of candle sets out there were white or ivory. I really wanted a unity candle that matched our color theme and flowers, which was green. So, I decided that I’ll just put together our own set. At the time (about February or March) Crate and Barrel was having a clearance of all their holiday goodies. On the website, I was able to find the tall center candle, which has a texture etched into the pillar with some glitter.
The rest of the supplies (plain ivory taper candles and glass candle holders) I bought from Michael’s. (Tip: most bridal magazines have a 20% off coupon for Michaels with their advertisement). I decorated the candles by tying some bows with ribbon on each. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photograph of the candle set close up. I spent about $15 for everything including the ribbon, which I also used for other things.
In addition, we had bought a few more of the green pillars in different sizes to put on the place-card table. After the ceremony, the unity candle was moved to the place-card table along with the other pillars. It was to reflect the light of love that will continue to glow throughout our lives.
Are you thinking about having an unity candle ceremony? Or if you’re married, did you have one?