Wedding Candles

Written by Shirley Parker
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Wedding candles have traditionally been tapers for their slim elegance. Today, tapers vie in popularity with preprinted pillar candles up to nine inches high that may be an inch or two inches in diameter. Tea lights, used a great deal in Asia, and also as small votive candles in churches, may also have engraved holders and be used as favors at place settings.

Some churches may allow unity candles in the church. These are the candles printed with the couple's names and wedding dates. These personalized candles will obviously need to be ordered ahead of time, to allow the company to inscribe the candles. The unity candle ceremony of bringing families together is not linked to any specific church, thus lacking any obvious religious significance. These wedding candles are more often part of the wedding reception and a more relaxed ceremony.

Unscented candles are best for use where large numbers of people will congregate, since the odor from scented candles can be overpowering or cause allergic reactions in some. Just walking through the candle display at a department store will make that obvious, but under stress, it's easy to forget that until it's too late. Traditional beeswax and bayberry burn with sweet smells, but they, too, can drive people away.

Wedding Candles at an Outdoor Occasion

If a reception is to be held partly indoors and partly outdoors, wedding candles are very romantic accessories. This is particularly true if a pool or waterfall is on the premises. Tea lights can be placed in floating glass holders and will burn prettily for hours, especially if gardenias are included to enhance the atmosphere. Traditional Asian communities also celebrate the Festival of Lights when the rice has been planted. This happens at the end of the rainy season with the lighted and floating candles being a night offering to the water gods. It's a lovely sight not easily forgotten.


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