Hurricane lamps describe any of the tall, usually fluted glass containers for candles. Long ago, when candles and oil lamps provided home illumination, the glass chimney of the hurricane lamp protected the flame from draft and wind. The design also prevented clothing and curtains from blowing into the flame and catching fire. Today, hurricanes come in many sizes and designs, from simple glass pillars that fit over a candle to large, ornate urns that hold multiple tapers.
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Things you need
- 3 hurricane lamps
- 3 candles
- Flowers, real or artificial
- Ribbon that coordinates with bridesmaids
- Ribbon that coordinates with groomsmen
- 1 square foot fabric that coordinates with bridesmaids and groomsmen
- Gold ribbon
- Gold fabric
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Long matches
Choose your hurricane lamps. Make sure that two of the lamps are identical. The third should coordinate with the first pair, but can be a different size or shape.
Place the pair of hurricane lamps just before the altar or commitment space, one on the bride's side and one on the groom's. Place the third in the centre of the commitment space, raised on a simple table or podium.
Decorate one candle with flowers that coordinate with the bride's bouquet. Use ribbons that reflect the bridesmaids' dresses. A hot glue gun may be warm enough to melt the candle and insert flowers, or hot glue can be used to make the blossoms stick.
Decorate the second candle by wrapping it with ribbon that coordinates with the groomsmen's attire. This can be a simple black or grey ribbon wrapped diagonally around the candle.
Place a dot of hot glue in the bottom of the hurricane lamp on the bride's side. Place the centre of the bride's coordinating fabric on the dot of glue. Once dry, twist the fabric slightly, giving the shape contour. Place a dot of glue on the bride's candle and stick it to the centre of the fabric. Repeat with the groom's fabric and candle.
Decorate the third candle with gold ribbon. Glue the gold fabric to the bottom of the hurricane and glue the decorated candle on top.
Ask the bride and groom's respective mothers to light the candles since they are seated at the beginning of the wedding ceremony. During the ceremony, both the bride and groom light long matches from the candles their mother lit. Together, the bride and groom transfer the flame to the single golden candle, signifying their new life together.
Blow out the candles after the ceremony and transfer the hurricanes to the reception. Place the hurricanes on the Bridal Party table as centrepieces and relight.
Tips and warnings
- Hurricane lamps are almost a necessity for outdoor weddings. Try decorating the candles with moss, pine cones or even beach sand to reflect the wedding's theme.
- Use caution whenever lighting candles.
- Choose decorating material with care. Artificial flowers may be a fire hazard if placed too close to the flame. Real blossoms will wilt in the presence of fire.
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