Special Occasion Candles

Written by Shirley Parker
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Those using lighted candles for special occasions have always had to place and watch them carefully because of the very real risk of fire. Even when only one person is present and it's not a special occasion, a lighted candle that ignites fabric can be a disaster. In certain churches, candles are left burning for religious reasons, while others have discontinued the practice after a fire has caused much damage to the premises.

Unless a bride is an emergency medical technician, for example, the possibility of fire will be the last thing on her mind. Since candles are often an important part of a wedding ceremony and or reception, she is very likely going to order them anyway. Special occasion candle designs are elegant but their candleholders can be plain or ornate, with equal distinction. For wedding receptions, suppliers can preprint the candle itself or sometimes engrave the candleholder with first names and a wedding date.

However, candles don't need to be preprinted to qualify for use on special occasions. For instance, tapers have always been a traditional part of important ceremonies. With today's technology, a candlelight procession is often safer when battery-operated candles (with LED bulbs) are carried, particularly when children are part of the event.

Are Electric Candles as Good as the Real Thing?

Electric candles that are photosensitive turn on near darkness and turn off when other light approaches them. Some churches allow electric or battery-powered candles within the sanctuary, while others do not permit them. The reason for the latter decision is that such candles are pretending to be something they are not, thus displaying flawed integrity. All in all, if proper safety measures are taken, most of which are common sense issues, using candles can be an easy way to add meaning and beauty to a ceremony.

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