Short and sweet – Ceremony Details

No Candles

No Candles

Over the past few days as Jenn and I have been reviewing our wedding ceremony plans we have come up with some great ideas.  First of all we have decided not to have the two candles become one flame ceremony.  We have been to several weddings where the wind did not make for such a great mid-ceremony combination of two flames into one.  Often that mid-ceremony act took away from the flow of the moment. It also never provided itself with terrific photos since they bride and groom always faced forward and blocked the action from view.

Another thought we had was that we were going to save setup time and cost by having most attendants of the ceremony stand instead of sit.  We appreciate short wedding ceremonies, so why not have ours be appreciated as well.  There will be a few chairs for those for which standing for 15 minutes may be an issue.

Pink Rose Petals

Pink Rose Petals

We have decided that due to the decision on chairs, we would need an alternative form of aisle for Jenn to walk down.  We have settled on a mound of rose petals on either side.  Yes a mound, not just a few sprinkled but a mound of rose petals.  We have also batted around the idea of tossing rose petals instead of rice, bubbles or butterflies.  This is still “up in the air” (Jenn laughed at this one) 🙂

Jeff McNeil

Born in Irvine, grew up in Anaheim,child of the world. Married to the love of my life Jennifer McNeil.


  1. A unity candle is really old-fashioned, and sand ceremonies are EVERYWHERE nowadays. Something really new that I’ve seen once in a while that I really like is a “unity tree” or flower or something, where the couple waters a tree (or potted flower/plant/whatever) that they can later relocate to their yard.

  2. That is something different. I think it is novel and very sweet to have something flower and grow like the relationship of the new married couple. Now all I need is a 3.5 year old tree. 🙂

  3. After thought, what if the plant dies? 🙁

  4. Oh man. I guess that means you have to work really hard to NOT kill the plant/tree. 🙂

  5. I wouldn’t take it personally if the plant dies. I mean, the candle is extinguished VERY shortly after being lit, isn’t it? The candle/sand jar/flower are symbols of your unity, not your ACTUAL unity, lol

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