Celtic Wedding Rituals

Aye Do Guide | How to Make a Memory Candle

On Saturday I conducted a gorgeous wedding ceremony at Glenbervie House, where we lit a memory candle as a way of remembering those people who couldn’t be there. And while this beautiful ritual is not something I’m unfamiliar with… this is the first time I’ve tried to actually make the memory candle.
You see, usually, I would let the couple source their own, but this one was really special because last year, I conducted the funeral service for the bride’s mum, and I thought it would be a nice touch to put the poem that had been on the order of service onto the candle. So I decided to try and make it myself.

There might be a better way of making one, but this is how I did it….

1. First I got a candle, a glue stick, a sheet of A4 paper and some white tracing paper…
Memory Candle

2. Then on my computer, I put the poem on a Word doc and printed it off on normal paper, just till I got the size right, and then comes the complicated bit. I cut a piece of the tracing paper about half an inch bigger than the sheet of A4, and then I glued the sides to the paper. You need to make sure you do this neatly so that it doesn’t get caught in the printer…
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3. I then put this into the printer and printed out the poem…
Memory Candle

4. Next step is to cut away the poem from the tracing paper and position it on the candle…
Memory Candle

5. Then you need to get a sheet of baking paper and a hairdryer. Wrap the piece of baking paper around the candle making it as tight as you can…
Memory Candle
Memory Candle

6. Then, making sure you don’t burn yourself (wrap a towel around your arm), put your hair dyer on the ‘hot’ setting and ‘blow dry’ the candle. After a few minutes, slowly lift the baking paper to see if the transfer has taken, and if not keep going. When you are sure the transfer has taken, remove the baking paper, and you should have a memory candle!
Memory Candle

7. And did it work?… Aye it did! Although, next time, I would try to get the baking paper even tighter and I would blow dry for longer, but I was very happy with my first attempt 🙂
Memory Candle

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