A candlelight wedding ceremony is one at which candles are
used. Normally, the ceremony occurs in a church. Candelabra are used at the
front of the church and the couple may incorporate a unity
candle ceremony into the
service. This is often used for a first wedding and occurs frequently at
church weddings. It isn't done at outdoor venues because of wind and other
problems associated with keeping candles lighted.
The couple usually choose two people to act as candle
lighters. These can be members of the wedding party, such as one
bridesmaid and one groomsman, or they can be additional people. This is a
good way to include people in the wedding that you don't want to ask to be
bridesmaids or groomsmen. Older children can also be candle lighters if they
are tall enough to reach the top-most candles.
If you are having a unity candle ceremony, you can combine the
lighting of the candles with the lighting of the unity side candles in a
couple of ways. Some couples choose to have the candle lighters enter and
light the candles as the first event at the beginning of the wedding.
Then, either the unity side candles are carried in by the mothers, or they are
placed in the candle holders before the ceremony. The mothers light the side
candles from the candles in the candelabra.
The other way to do this is to have the moms escorted in and
seated. Then, the candle lighters enter, light the candles, and exit. The
moms then stand up together and walk to the front where they light the unity
side candles from the candelabra.
If your church allows pewlabras, candelabra that screw to the
arms of the pews, you might also incorporate them into the decorations. They
are usually used on only the first three or four pews, not on all of them.
The candle lighters would light them first as they make their way down the
aisle to the front. If your church has deep windowsills, you might also place
pillar candles in them.
All of the candles make a lovely setting, just be sure to use
dripless candles and be very careful of fire. Most churches have policies
about how many candles can be used and where, so be sure to ask.
Good luck with your planning
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