Whether you want to add a little extra romance to an evening reception or a little glow to your house of worship, candles are a natural, effortless addition to your wedding theme. You'll have no trouble finding a role for candles at wedding ceremony, at reception, and even as part of floral displays.
Join growing number of couples who include a unity candle as part of wedding ceremony. Perhaps you think that unity candles are steeped in a rich history of religious tradition, or perhaps you think that unity candles are invention of candle makers to sell an extra candle or 10,000. Neither is case. The exact evolution of unity candle is uncertain, but since it began 30-40 years ago, it seems that we have that ever-lively 60s generation to thank for yet another custom that has wormed its way into modern life.
I'd like to propose my own idea of unity candle's origin—an unlikely science experiment. You can perform this experiment yourself. Light two tapered candles, or use whatever candles you have handy. Note height and brilliance of each flame. Now, join two flames together and look at single flame. The united flame is taller, stronger and brighter than sum of two individual flames. Isn't that what marriage is supposed to be—a single unit stronger than sum of its parts?
The most traditional of variations on theme is tall, thick white candle in center of a candleholder surrounded on each side by a white taper. During wedding ceremony, bride and groom light center unity candle with two tapers, creating stronger flame as a symbol of stronger unity gained through marriage.
Beyond traditional unity ceremony, today's weddings provide opportunity for many variations, particularly second weddings that include children. If each partner has children, children may light unity candles. Sometimes, parents from each family light unity candle. You'll want to preserve moment in a picture, because it's unlikely you'll find this level of cooperation again.