With the changing trends in wedding ceremonies the symbols of this day is also changing. Candles have always been a special and important part of the wedding ritual. Today unity candles play a very important role in wedding day customs and traditions. Generally the bride and the groom light the unity candle from two taper candles symbolizing their union in marriage.
Meanings of the Unity Candle
Unity wedding candles are not only a part of the wedding decorations, but also a symbol of togetherness and love. It is a reflection of the unity that is shared between two individuals as they tie the nuptial bond. As the unity candle is adopted in various ceremonies its meaning also changes.
For Christian ceremonies, the unity or taper candles signify a reference to Christ as the center of the wedding. On the other hand for non-Christian ceremonies, it is a symbol of a union of families or nature along with the union of the newly wed couple.
Unity Candle Styles
There are different styles of unity candles that are prevalent today. A unity candle is generally a pillar style of candle and the adjoining candles are used to light it, tapers. The wedding ceremony candles are generally white or ivory but the decorations vary widely.
Some unity wedding candles are delicately carved with detailed beaded designs while others are simple and plain. Two most commonly used ornamentation for unity candles are first by selecting a meaningful saying or by displaying the wedding invitation in the front of the unity candle itself. Others like to decorate their unity candles themselves giving it a personalized touch.
Another quite popular wedding candle decoration is a personal monogram with the couple’s names or initials engraved on it. Often even the wedding dates are included.
Wedding Candle Holders
Many couples like to select wedding candle holders to go with their unity candles and taper candles. These candle stands are beautiful and functional and generally come in silver and gold. These wedding candle holders are a perfect way to display your candles before and after the lighting.
Floating Wedding Candles
Nowadays a new trend that has come up is the floating wedding candles. These are beautiful glass floating candles matching the color schemes of your wedding or just about any color of your choice. They not only add a romantic touch to the wedding decorations but give a soft illuminating glow to the whole ambience.
Wedding Candle Favors
Today candles serve as beautiful and delicate wedding favors. They give a unique touch and are quite different from the ordinary wedding favors. You could just paste the wedding invitation on the candle and it can add that special touch in the wedding candle favors. You can even pack the wedding favor candles in a tulle and have yourself an inexpensive wedding favor.