You couldn't wait to pick out the perfect unity candles
for your wedding, and now you've just discovered that your venue won't allow it. Your heart is broken, but there is still hope. Sand ceremony sets are a great alternative to unity candles. "The two shall [still] become one" - just in a slightly different ceremony.
The unity candle ceremony has been around for roughly forty years, and the sand ceremony is a fresher take on the older tradition. As times are changing, more and more people are turning to sand ceremony sets rather than unity candles
for a number of reasons. If you're stuck with, or just deciding to use a sand ceremony set instead, here's a list of the benefits by choosing sand over flame.1. It's better for the environment.
Since many candles are paraffin based, there is a chance that the burning of candles worsens the air quality. Additionally, some candle wicks contain lead. Even though the United States prohibits the distribution of candles with lead in the wick, some candles are imported and can still contain it. Though there are eco-friendly and beeswax candles available, it's better to be safe than sorry.2. It's neater and safer.
Burning a candle means melted wax, so you're going to have a drip on your table, altar, or candle holder. If you've rented your venue, you don't want to risk doing damage to their property...or have to worry about starting a fire. Even though there's always a chance of sand spilling, many people would probably prefer a broom to a fire truck.3. It makes a better keepsake.
The candles are also going to be deformed post burning, so they definitely won't be as pretty as they were when they were first purchased. Many couples enjoy saving their unity candle as a memoir of their wedding, and some even like to re-light it on their anniversary. But who wants to display an old, used candle in their home? A sand ceremony set is forever, and they can be displayed in gorgeous vases to sit atop a table, shelf or mantle.4. It coordinates better.
Most unity candles are only available in white or ivory, but with a sand ceremony set you have many more options with sand. Choose from a variety of colors (you can easily find the color you want at a craft store). If you're having a beach themed wedding, sand is the perfect match! Besides, how are you going to keep a candle lit with a breeze on the beach?5. It's beneficial to the modern family.
It's very common that many couples who are getting married already have children. With a sand ceremony set, you can include the kids and other family members too. Give them each their own smaller vase and their own different color, and watch the sand blend - just as your family is blending.
Check out our Unity Candles & Sets
section for our sand ceremony sets, and candles/holders.
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