Not all ceremonies include a unity candle as part of the wedding; however for those who do want to include this particular ritual, there are ways to make sure that your unity candles don’t get lost in the overall décor of your ceremony site.
Unity candles usually consist of three parts: a main or central candle and two side candles. This can be adapted for your ceremony to include several other side candles for children or honored guests. There are all kinds of unity candle stands available for sale or your venue and sometimes your wedding coordinator may even have one that you can use. There are even special candelabras that are specifically designed to be used as a unity candle stand. You don’t necessarily need a stand however, as your candles can sit directly on a table, alter table or be incorporated into a special floral piece.
If you don’t use a stand and have the candles directly placed on a table, a simple way to dress them up is to use some loose greenery, flowers, petals or a combination of the three. This is usually pretty cost effective and is not meant to be used again. The addition of tulle or ribbon will also help to give the overall look a more wedding feel.
If you want to reuse the piece, either with the candles or without at your reception, the best way to go is to have your floral designer create a special unity candle arrangement. There are several styles of unity candle arrangements that can be made for reuse at the reception. Most have one thing basic in common; they tend to be lower in height. This is for practical reasons more than anything else. You want to be able to see your candles and not to have them lost in the floral arrangement. Styles range from a round wreath type shape, compact oval shape and a spread out shape that can flow across your table and cascade down the front. You will want to visualize where you will be placing the piece for the reception in order to best determine what style is right for you. A more compact shape such as the oval or wreath will work very well on a smaller table such as a sweetheart table whereas the larger waterfall style will work very well to decorate a head table. The flowing nature of the piece allows the flowers and greenery to go across the middle of your head table while also cascading down the front of it. Waterfalls tend to be a more expensive option, but when you consider that you are decorating two places for the price of one, the cost is reduced overall. You can also have your designer create flanking pieces or a backdrop piece for your unity candles. These pieces are taller in nature and are placed either behind your candles or to either side. They then can be reused at your reception in a space where you want more height such as behind the guest sign in area or as part of the escort table display.
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