Post # 1
I was wondering if anyone was planning on having unity candles at an outside wedding? I’ve been wondering how it would work. I’m really worried that if I have them it will end up being windy (or worse…rain) that day and they won’t light. Or one would fall over and catch the gazebo on fire…heaven forbid.
I thought about doing sand instead but I don’t want to make it look like we are copying my FSIL since we are having the wedding at the same location already.
Any other options?
Post # 3
I think a sand ceremony is much appropiate for an outdoor wedding. However there are other alteratives. You may consider one of these:
Rose Ceremony: A simple unity ceremony where the bride and groom exchange roses. Other variations: the families exchange roses, the bride and groom exchange roses with their families, the bride and groom exchange roses, then present their mothers with the roses.
Wine Ceremony: The bride and groom each take a carafe of wine and pour it into a single glass, which they both drink from.
Water Ceremony: The couple each pour a different colored water into a single glass, creating a third color.
Breaking Bread Ceremony: The bride and groom tear off pieces of bread, and then each eat a piece. Sometimes the bread is also shared with family and friends. It symbolizes their future as a family together.
Post # 4
I never thought of a rose ceremony. = ) I could always have our mother’s bring us the roses for us to exchange and have them say a poem or something! Thanks, Mrs. Popcorn!!!
Post # 5
You could also place the unity candle into a hurricane glass or something to prevent it from blowing out, but it’s always a risk with candles and outside that they won’t light.
I think the rose ceremony is sweet, and if you wanted to include the sand ceremony, I think it would be a nice way to create a family tradition – not necessarily copying your FSIL.
Post # 6
Instead of a unity candle, we are having a "family blessing". Two of each of our uncles will come up on stage, as will our parents. and our uncles will pray over us. I’m really looking forward to this part of the ceremony!
Post # 7
You are welcome His Barista. I, too, like the Rose Ceremony, but we did the Unity Candle since our wedding was at a Church. I’m glad you liked the idea. =)
Post # 8
I did a wick exchange on my candles, I took the wick from those trick birthday candles that don’t blow out and put them in our unity candles. This is the website where I got the idea from:
I tested it out on other candles and it seemed to work. I put the candle in front of a fan and it didn’t blow out. The tricky part is exchanging the wick in the taper candles. Mine kept breaking so finally I had to wrap the whole candle in ribbon, which actually turned out kind of nice! I haven’t had my wedding yet but I will try to post some pictures of my set when I get home from work.
Post # 9
Ooh, I also had someone suggest to me last week to consider either using electric or battery operate LED candles OR using a hurrican glass for the outside lighting also.
Post # 10
Hey His Barista, I came across a really great web site that had sand with this oil lamp thing on top it was cool, I bet other oil lamps would give you the same outcome. http://www.weddinglighthouse.com/index.php?p=1_5_Bride-Groom Best of luck with it. 🙂