The Romance of Candle-Lit Weddings15. Sep 2016
Though the summer wedding season may be just about done, you may be busy planning your own upcoming nuptials. Whether your aim is to organize a largely symbolic celebration or to go all out and create a lavish event, candles – as versatile as they are – can help you hit the right note.
Perhaps what you have in mind is a wedding in paradise. Perhaps, what you see in your mind’s eye is a a vast ocean, exotic palm trees (maybe barely swaying, maybe still), warm sand that feels oh-so fine, and the air so thick that it cloaks you in its folds and makes you forget that “poor weather conditions” even exist. Nothing will fit this picture more perfectly than the quiet candle glow pressing gently against the vault of the darkness stretched over you, your betrothed and the people you have chosen as witnesses.
A quick Google search reveals that as destination weddings go, tropical sunshine tends to win out over the romance of a Nordic setting. Yet, ancient trees of the Old World, majestic mountains, gleaming snowdrifts, shimmery stars or even wondrous northern lights could all be a part of the enchantment of your adventurous wedding escape, should you choose to head somewhere in the Northern hemisphere. And when the time comes to step away from the grandeur of nature and proceed with the ceremony and the wedding feast, the natural light of candles will let the magic of nature trail into your venue and stay there with you.
We’re not suggesting a wedding ceremony in a hall of an ice hotel is necessarily the way to go, but you have to admit: icy decor offset by candlelight is quite something else. (One place where you can find this beautiful combination is the Hôtel de Glace, the only hotel of its kind in Canada.) Neither are we trying to suggest that a wedding ceremony must be a nocturnal affair, but these things do tend to go into the night when you will appreciate this additional source of light.
The Triumph of the Candle
When it comes to decoration and illumination, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where a chosen wedding theme and tone wouldn’t be enhanced by the glimmer of candles. Cozy or elegant, low-key or regal – candles have this fantastic ability to take your décor to the next level. Even if you’d rather stay away from traditional motifs altogether, you can just as successfully use candles to accentuate a more modern, edgier look for your big day.