Though the candle’s original use has nothing to do with a lavish wedding party, candles are indeed one of the more elegant additions to the reception. Candles that are lighted create a sense of peace, and even help relax the atmosphere of the wedding. I have known quite a few engaged couples that have found a variety of creative uses for the candle at their weddings.
Many church weddings use something called a unity candle under the bride and groom’s request. I believe in most cases, it is an optional feature. The unity candle is centered between two taper candles. Someone from each family lights the taper candles, vows are said, and together the couple lights the unity candle. Decorations are often used on the unity candle such as a photo of the couple or the wedding invitation. White is mostly the only color used for unity candles, but any light-colored candle would be appropriate.
Hoping for a serene environment at your reception? Large bowls or basins of water on your tables are simply not complete without floating candles. Floating candles make cheap wedding favors and can be found in many varieties to suit many different styles of weddings such as beach, fall, Christmas, garden, Disney, Irish, and traditional. For large bowls, up to ten candles may be used, and for small ones four or five. If you are strapped for cash and really want to impress your guests, floating candles are your very best friend.
Candles can be used to create an a breathtaking display on a wedding reception table. One idea that seems to be easy, elegant, and cheap is to place large pillar candles in bowls filled with stones, potpourri, shells, or flower petals. Using several different sized bowls as well as varying heights in candles can be a stunning way to spruce up your tables. For a cohesive arrangement stick with one color.
When working with flowers, seashells, and candy which often find their way onto reception tables, using taper candles can be a great way to add interesting design. This setup is perfect because your guests’ eyes will be drawn to the bottom elements and then back up the slender candle to its burning flame. Long candles can be found in any store with a home or craft section, and can make great unique wedding favors.