(Closed) Unity candle out doors?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
Hostess
8580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Maybe you could put up a small tent, or at least make a wall barrier or something blocking whatever way the wind is blowing? Thats providing there is wind, of course.

Post # 4
Member
983 posts
Busy bee

I’ve photographed a ton of weddings out doors. You are going to be close to water, water = breeze, so I’d say no on the candle.  breeze + fire = not good.  Just my suggestion.  

Post # 5
Hostess
8580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Also, I’m doing a sand ceremony because I fell in LOVE with this :

Post # 7
Hostess
8580 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@FutureMrsHall_2013:  

You can rent tents of course, or you can purchase one. Me and my fi are actually purchasing all the tents for our wedding. We are getting a bunch of 10×30 tents and setting them up next to each other [so it would be 20×30]. The 10×30 ones run about $139 on ebay, with sidewalls. Which is pretty cheap in my opinion!

Post # 8
Member
724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I work in weddings and yes the typical unprotected tapered candles will most likely blow out with a breeze.  I don’t think a tent would help much either as I have seen on numerous occasions flames blown out even inside churches.  

BUT….you can alter this a tad and place the bigger candle (that you both light) in a clear glass column vase so the flame is protected.  Usually 2-3 inches between the flame and top of the vase should be enough protection to keep it lit.

As for the 2 taller candles you each use I would suggest having them lit by a special person to start the unity candle ceremony (somethimes the mothers) IMMEDIATETLY before you are going to use them.  They should be ok until you both light the big centre candle.

I had an outdoor ceremony in the late winter/spring and used candles along the aisle. They were votives in a larger holder and the votive holder offered enough protection from the wind that they stayed lit the whole time.  You can kinda see the candles in this pic:

I hope this helps.

 

Post # 10
Member
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I went to a lakeside wedding this fall and the couple did a unity candle.  It was a bit breezy but the candle stayed lit.

Post # 11
Member
4323 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Just be ready to roll with it if it goes out.

My cousin had a unity candle at her outdoor wedding (under a canopy, not a full tent). Neither mother could get the tapers to light and the unity candle only stayed lit for a brief second. They are luckily the type to find it funny instead of awkward.

Could you put all 3 candles in hurricane vases to help protect the flames, maybe? It would look untraditional, but keep with the general idea.

 

 

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