Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wedding Rituals

So often we work with couples who ask for a unity candle arrangement. The designs range from long and low to tall iron rod stands. But what is the unity candle ritual? The lighting of the unity candle happens during the ceremony. The mothers of the bride and groom each light a candle, the couple then uses the candles to light a separate candle. The flames coming together represents the merging of two families.

Since we live in West Michigan we have seen our share of beach weddings and sometimes the Lake Michigan wind doesn't agree with open flames so a spin off of the unity candle ceremony is a sand ceremony. The combination of sand from each family into a single bowl represents the blending of families and is a beautiful memento for the couple to have throughout their marriage.