The Wedding Candlelighting Ceremony
Everyone's seen at least one of these at a wedding...the traditional candlelighting ceremony. You may have shed a few tears as you watched a very solemn and nervous bride and groom take their individual candles and light one candle, symbolizing their joining lives as husband and wife. Lucky you, now you're the nervous bride and groom about to take the plunge, but with all the mounting wedding expenses, your budget is just about tapped out. Buying a unity candle set can get pricey, upward from $30 to $100. Ouch! There's got to be a better way to have this beautiful tradition as part of your wedding ceremony and still have enough money for gas to drive to the airport for your honeymoon! And there is...if you have a little bit of time and a tiny bit of patience! It's a really easy project with big pay-off in the looks department.
DIY Unity Candle Set
What To Buy To Make A Unity Candle
Here's what you'll need:
(4) glass candlesticks from the Dollar Store
Tube of E-6000 glue (smelly but very effective!)
(1) 6 inch pillar candle in the color of your choosing (I prefer white or ivory, because you can always add color with your ribbon)
(2) 8, 10 or 12 inch taper candles, also in white or ivory
(1) roll of 1/2 - 1 inch wide ribbon in your main wedding color
(1) roll of 1/4 - 1/2 inch pretty decorative edged ribbon in your secondary color
(2) Small flat back rhinestones
Tacky glue, hot glue or white glue
1/2 inch double-sided tape
(1) sheet of Vellum paper
Computer with Word, Publisher, or some other word processing program with decorative fonts to choose from
If this list seems long, remember you can use whatever is left for lots of other DIY projects for your wedding.
How To Make Your Unity Candle Candlesticks
Take one of your dollar store candle holders and place it on a level table and put your E-6000 glue on the top lip. Don't put too much or it will ooze out when you put the other candle holder on top. Take a second candle holder and turning it UPSIDE down, stick it to the lip of the first candlestick, stacking them together, SMALL ends together. Now you will have a nice tall candlestick with a wide base on the bottom and a wide base on top for your pillar candle. Set it aside to dry.
Decorating The Tapers
Before you decorate the tapers, decide where you'd like to have the color bands go on the candles. Using the double sided tape, wrap two to three bands of it around the candle. This will be the sticky base for your ribbon, so be sure to keep it very smooth with no wrinkles. In the center of the bands of tape, begin wrapping the solid color ribbon. Wrap all the way around the candle to meet where you start. With very sharp scissors, trim the ribbon so the two edges meet. Smooth the ribbon down over the double-sided tape. Repeat the process twice with the accent ribbon stacking and slightly overlapping first the top and then the bottom of the solid color ribbon. Tie a tiny bow and hot glue to the middle of the ribbon band you created or glue a pretty flatback rhinestone to the solid color ribbon. Make sure your seam is on the opposite side, so it doesn't show.
Decorating The Pillar Candle
Decorating the pillar candle is just as simple as the tapers, but you'll need to design your monogram or decide on a verse and then create it in a Word document first. Once you have your design looking the way you want, save it and print on vellum paper. Vellum paper has a beautiful translucent look which will make it seem as if the wording is actually on the candle, rather than on a separate sheet of paper. Cut your design with a slight border on top and bottom and just long enough to wrap around the candle. Run a length of double-sided tape on each of the short ends of the vellum once you have it trimmed to size. Wrap the vellum around the pillar candle, making the ends meet neatly. Repeat the steps above for decorating the tapers to make ribbon bands for the top and bottom of the vellum paper, slightly overlapping the vellum with the ribbon. Make sure the seam is on the opposite side of the monogram or design on the vellum paper.
Design Printed On Vellum Paper
Vellum Paper Wrapped Around Pillar Candle
Taping The Back Seam Of The Vellum Paper
Adding Tape To Make Ribbon Banding
Ribbon Banding On Back Of Candle
Your Unity Candle Is Finished!
Place your tapers in the individual candlesticks and your pillar candle on top of the inverted double candlestick and your unity candle set is complete!
Luann Cutaiar on September 05, 2018:
what is vellum paper and where do you buy it?
DIYweddingplanner (author) from South Carolina, USA on February 27, 2014:
You're welcome, Ciji! Good luck with your wedding!
Ciji Dugars on February 15, 2014:
I love this. I will be using this idea to make my candles. Thanks