One of the things you can look at endlessly is flames. Songs by the fire, a kindled fireplace, a candle by the icon … The fire element, of course, can be destructive. But today we will talk about a completely different fire.
What do we associate a candle flame with? New Year's celebration, Christmas divination, romantic date come to mind. And also - candles lit during the descent of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem on Easter, or thin church candles that we put for the he alth of loved ones or in memory of them. Not so long ago, candles became another symbol. The transfer of the family hearth at the wedding occurs through candles. The tradition is borrowed from the Americans, for whom this ceremony with three wedding candles is the key to a strong union. In our country, the custom was adopted and interpreted in its own way.
When cozy and warm together
The warmth of the home, the warmth of the hearth, the warmth of the family hearth - these phrases are often used, including at weddings. They mean a special emotional relationship between spouses, when they are comfortable and good together. as well as the successiongenerations, loy alty to traditions. Simulating a hearth at a wedding celebration is problematic. That is why they found such a way out: it is candles that are lit as a family hearth for a wedding. Three candles are usually taken for the ceremony: two for parents, one special one for the bride and groom.
This candle should be kept in the family as a memory of the main event in their life together, so you need to choose something unique. Often they use exclusive, handmade candles, it can be in the shape of two swans, it can be in the shape of a heart. Candles decorated with flowers, rhinestones, ribbons are well suited as a family hearth for a wedding.
The lights go out in the hall…
In the hall, the lights are turned off (or dimmed as much as possible) to give an atmosphere of romantic flair and special solemnity. Parents, more often mothers of the young (it was the women who took care of the family hearth, starting with our primitive ancestors: the man went to hunt, and his other half remained to watch the fire), light their candle “behind the scenes”, then enter the hall with them. The bride and groom get up from their seats and approach their parents so that they can light a large decorative candle of the newlyweds from the lights of their symbolic "hearths". The family hearth can be brought to the wedding at the beginning of the evening or at its end, depending on the scenario of the ongoing celebration.
In some cases, to enhance the effect after the ritual, the newlyweds dance in a huge circle of lit candles - it looks very elegant, especially if it is fierythe frame is laid out in the form of a heart. The candle of the young - this family hearth for a wedding - is usually placed on the table, and it gives everyone the light of its living quivering flame until the end of the evening. And before that, the groom can invite the bride to dance - with a candle in his hands (just be careful, because the veil and outfit are flammable things). The guarantee that from now on the newlyweds will not leave happiness, and love will flare up brighter and hotter - this is what a family hearth is at a wedding. Words are superfluous when feelings speak for us.