Last weekend we were invited to our friends wedding. It was an amazing day and we felt really honoured to be able to share it with them.
We wanted to do something special for the happy couple and, after a bit of brain storming, came up with these wishing candles.
Each guest receives a prepared candle and can write a short message or wish for the couple on some red cardboard at the bottom of the candle. When the candles are lit and the wax turns see-through, the wishes can be read.
This is how to do it:
Start by preparing a tea light for every guest.
The first thing to do is to take the tea light to pieces. Remove the wick and trace around the wax on to some red cardboard. Cut out the circle of card and punch a hole through the center. Then slot it onto the wick.
Finally place the wax back on top of the cardboard and then back into the foil candle tray. It’s a good idea to prepare a few extra candles, as the wick can sometimes tear and you will have to replace it.
On the day of the wedding, distribute a candle to each guest. We found it easiest to do this between meal courses, when all of the guests are seated and in one place. After all, you don’t want to forget anyone! To keep an overview, it’s also a good idea to do this table by table.
When everyone has written a wish for the couple on the paper at the bottom of the candle, collect them all and then find somewhere to arrange them. Make sure it’s somewhere safe, especially if there are children at the wedding. Also make sure you have a secure surface (we managed to set a tablecloth on fire once). It’s surprising how hot the candles will get, especially when there are a lot of them so close together.
Depending on the amount of candles you have, the wax will turn see-through quite quickly. At about 80 candles it will take about 1 hour.
Make sure someone is there to keep an eye on the candles the whole time. Never leave candles unattended. And this is the result:
When the wax is completely see-though, it’s really easy to read what is written on the cardboard. It’s a good idea to do a test run with the candles you are going to use. The wax in some candles doesn’t turn completely see-through.
All in all it’s a really easy and very affective thing to do. We got some amazing feedback when we did this and it’s such a nice thing for everyone, especially for the happy couple, to be able to read wishes and messages from all of their friends and family.
If you try this, let us know the results! Do you have any other wedding wishes ideas? We’d love to hear them!