Love Casts a Luminance
Actually, the title should read "The
Exchange Of Vows And Rings By Candlelight." That's because
when using candles in a formal ceremony their use is only for
about 5 to 7 minutes- during the vow and ring exchanges.
In an informal ceremony, such
as in your living room, the backyard, the beach, etc., you
can use candlelight for the duration. If you're going to use candles
in your ceremony, you must have a setting capable of rendering
absolute darkness. Ambient sunlight, or for that matter, light
from any other source, will ruin the effect.
When candlelight ceremonies are
properly planned and performed, the effect is like something
out of Hollywood, not to mention the fun guests have participating
in such a spectacle.
If your ceremony is at a venue,
you must first ask permission of that venue to use candles
during your ceremony. If they allow this, you will need to
purchase a candle for every guest and have them placed on their
seats prior to the start of the ceremony. Every fifth seat
also gets a Bic lighter. You can give your guests votive candles
in votive holders (no dripping wax problem) as seen in the
or congregational taper candles as seen in the photo at left.
In mid-ceremony I will ask your
guests to gather around you with their candles lit and electric
light will be slowly dimmed out. You will then exchange your
vows and rings with your guests all around you. Following this,
all will return to their seats and lighting will be slowly
brought back. Also, let your photographer know that he/she
will have a "low light" situation during your ceremony
and to plan accordingly.