The use of can­dles

Bray People - - SPRING BRIDES -

IT'S HARD to imag­ine a wed­ding with­out can­dles! Can­dles en­hance an in­ti­mate, ro­man­tic mood no mat­ter where the cer­e­mony is be­ing held. The soft glow of can­dles lends a feel­ing of solem­nity and sig­nif­i­cance to a for­mal re­li­gious wed­ding cer­e­mony. Can­dles can also cre­ate a light­hearted im­pres­sion in a more ca­sual wed­ding.

Unity Can­dles are of­ten used to sym­bol­i­cally ‘join’ the cou­ple or fam­i­lies dur­ing the cer­e­mony. Two ta­pered can­dles, each rep­re­sent­ing the bride and groom, are placed on ei­ther side of a larger pil­lar can­dle. These can­dles are placed on a small ta­ble on the al­tar area. Make sure it is lo­cated where the bride and groom can eas­ily reach it, yet is out of the way when the bri­dal party en­ters or ex­its the al­tar. The side, ta­per can­dles may be pre-lit by at­ten­dants, fam­ily mem­bers (of­ten the moth­ers of the bride and groom), or by the bride and groom them­selves dur­ing the cer­e­mony. It is cus­tom­ary for the cer­e­mony of­fi­ci­ate to in­clude com­ments dur­ing the cer­e­mony re­gard­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of the light­ing of the Unity Can­dle. Then the bride and groom each use a ta­per to light the Unity Can­dle, the blended flame sym­bol­iz­ing their new life to­gether as one unit. The side ta­per can­dles may ei­ther be left burn­ing or ex­tin­guished. One im­por­tant safety tip: It is a good idea to have an ex­tra set of ta­per can­dles ly­ing on the ta­ble, just of out sight. If the lit can­dles have burned down too much to safely han­dle, sim­ply pick up the un­lit ta­pers, ig­nite and pro­ceed with light­ing the cen­ter Unity Can­dle. The sym­bol­ism will be in­tact and the bride and groom will not suf­fer burns or dam­age cloth­ing with hot wax.

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