Post # 1
My ceremony is outdoors, basically on the East River in Brooklyn, NY. I want to have a unity candle ceremony, but I am afraid the wind will blow out the candles. I don’t want to do the alternative to the unity candle ceremony – the sand ceremony. Any suggestions on having the unity candles not blown out by the East River wind? and I already bought the unity candles…
Post # 3
I am in a similar situation. I love the unity candle, not so much any of the alternatives.
I am grouping the lighting together towards the end of the ceremony so the time the candles are lit is minimal…that is, instead of having our mother’s light our single candles at the beginning of the ceremony when they walk down the aisle, after our vows our moms (and actually our twins, since my Fiance and I both have them) will light our individual candles and then we will (after a few words from the officiant) light the middle one.
Our officiant is not saying anything about "as long as this candle is lit…" just that it is a combining of our two families business.
I think we will also use a hurricane lantern over the candle for the last 5 or so minutes of the ceremony.
And the thing is…it’s almost always my favorite part of a wedding, so as long as we do it, and have the candles afterwards, that’s all I care about. It only needs to be lit for a few minutes anyway…
Post # 4
How about using some tall glass vases that you can keep each candle in? Transport the candles in the vase and lite one in the center that is in a larger one…
Post # 5
Just want to caution you on trying this at a windy location. I had friends get married on the beach, and the strong wind kept blowing the unity candles and the matches out. We had large hurricane covers, but that also caused a problem because the covers would block the oxygen from the candles, causing them to be snuffed out. A mess all around. I would do sand instead. Sorry to be the naysayer.