Here’s a trick for keeping candles lit outdoors I’ve used for many years. So many couples want a unity candle for an outdoor ceremony, which is great, but couples are often dealing with the wind and even a small breeze will blowout the flame of a unity candle. Some time ago, I started experimenting with various candles and wicks and finally came up with the following remedy. You will need the following;
Box of trick birthday candles (the kind you can’t blow out)
1/3 inch drill bit
Estimated time to complete project 5 minutes
Cut the existing wick down as far as you can. Drill a hole about 2 inched deep next to the existing wick. The average trick birthday candle is 2½ long. Insert the trick candle, if you find the candle is just slightly larger than the hole you can dip the candle candle in warm water and gently roll it between you fingers before inserting. You want the trick candle to go down about 2 inches, leaving about a half an inch at the top to light. Make sure you remove the wax from the tip of the candle leaving just the wick. This works very well in pillar size candles, however, it is a very good idea to practice on an old candle first. It is possible to do this with tapers but the small diameter of the candle makes it a little tricky and my suggestion is to pass on skinny candles.
If the hole you have drilled in the unity candle is too large for the trick candle, simply dip the trick candle in melted wax that is cooled enough to coat the candle but not warm enough to melt the existing wax before inserting. It is not the wax that keeps the flame from going out on a trick candle, it is the wick that has been treated with magnesium. A box of trick birthday candles are sold for just over a dollar.
Changing out wicks can be done several months ahead of time, and requires no practice. So, start now and you’ll have a unity candle that will stay lit no matter how much the wind blows. Of course the trick candles are not limited to just the unity candle. Remember, to extinguish the flame you will need a small amount of water to dip the candles in when the ceremony is over.