A lot of the unity candles in stores nowadays are way too elaborate for my taste. Either that, or they're too expensive for a candle for 1 day!
I wanted something simple, but not expensive. A plain white candle was too simple, though.
I decided I would go the DIY route. It took me a while to find a plain, unscented white pillar candle that was tall enough. I found one at Hobby Lobby for around $5. What a steal! I also found vellum at Hobby Lobby. I don't remember the price, but it was very reasonable. While there, I decided to get some thin (1/4 inch) black ribbon. Our colors are black and white, with touches of green and touches of red (at the reception).
I designed the design for the candle using PowerPoint. The scroll design is the same design that is used on our programs. It is fairly similar to the design from our invitations. We did not design our invitations, so we weren't able to use that design for our programs/unity candle.
The vellum was really easy to print on. The ink dried fairly quickly. I used double sided tape to adhere the vellum to the candle. Then, I used the tape to stick the ribbon onto the candle.
It was quite simple, and I love the results! Simple and elegant.
Close up of the design.