Post # 1
Is anyone having, or has anyone ever had, a candle lighting ceremony during their ceremony-where the guests all hold taper candles and individually light from each other’s candle until the entire attendance is holding a lit candle.
Our ceremony is very late at night 8pm, and we are looking to do this as I love candlelight. I’m curious to see if anyone has done this successfully and has any recommendations on what to (and not) to do. Or if you’ve been a guest, rather you enjoyed the experience.
Our plan is to start the lighting with our mothers, have each row lit from the 2 original candles and take those candles and light our unity candle, representing LITERALLY the uniting of our families and friends.
Post # 3
Oh, I love this! It will be gorgeous. I have never seen this, but as a guest I would enjoy it! I do know from candlelight church services you need to have the round “drip catchers” at the bottom of the candle. Also, a basket and water nearby to put the candles in.
Post # 4
Ohhhh, that’s so good. I remembered the bobeches but not a basket or water…
I hope it’s well received. I’m excited to do it.
Post # 5
I think this is a wonderful idea. I think it will be beautiful – both visually and in the reason behind it.
If you haven’t already – I’d make sure your venue is ok with it (fire permit/insurance wise).
My church does something like this every Christmas eve and they do a little lighting lesson before hand (ie: the person with the flame keeps their candle upright and the person lighting tilts it) – inevitably, wax goes everywhere (mostly on the pews). There are paper wax catchers and plastic wax catchers. I’d definitely go with the plastic ones (or whichever is more sealed on the bottom. The paper ones have little slits where the candle fits through and the wax does drip through there – ouch!
Post # 6
I saw a blog post about a wedding where they had each guest grab a glass votive with a candle in it, light it from a communal candle, and hold it during the ceremony.
It looked very pretty, but my concern with it was that it would seem too much like a candlelight vigil. There are a lot of Catholics in both of our families, and I was concerned that it would seem to them more appropriate for a funeral than for a wedding (lighting a candle at Easter is traditional). But if that’s not an issue for you, then I think it’ll be lovely.
Post # 6
I’m keen to hear if anyone is actually done this? My question is, what happens after everyone has lit the candle? Because obviously you don’t want guests holding a candle at the end of the ceremony, how will they clap when you say your vows?
Post # 7
This sounds beautiful! Never seen or heard of it like this but I think it sounds lovely.