LOVE, ILLUMINATED: DECORATING WEDDINGS WITH CANDLES
For centuries, love letters have been written, sweet nothings have been exchanged and dreams of muses have been had by candlelight. Soft flickering light from votives and candelabras have set the mood for romance since the beginning of mankind, and this unbreakable relationship with love makes candles a go-to lighting scheme for weddings. Explore some of the many, beautifully creative ways candles can be used in wedding décor here.
1. Elegant Centerpiece
Create a centerpiece with a self-assured, vintage beauty with white pillar candles atop antique mercury glass pillar holders. Use pillar candle holders of different heights and surround them with white roses, stock, and hydrangeas in silver vases.
2. Dramatic Fireplace
Light up a fireplace in a fresh and modern way by placing pillar candles of varying heights and widths in the hearth. Arrange the candles around a classical bust, candelabra, or an antique urn, for moody interest.
3. Floating Candles Centerpiece
Fill a glass table bowl with water, and then add floating candles and orchids. Accent the centerpiece with additional orchid blooms around the bowl and pillar candles that glow the whole night through.
4. Vellum Candle Covers
Wrap colored vellum around the outside of clear glass candleholders to match the wedding’s color scheme. The translucent material creates a soft, warm glow and makes for beautiful table accents. With a mix of coordinating colors and some matching DIY garlands and lanterns, we love that this tablescape works without flowers.
5. Café Bottles With Candles
Channel the City of Love by placing taper candles in clear glass water bottles designed after those found in French restaurants. Place several on the bar and the dessert table for an amour bohème vibe.
6. Abstract Centerpiece
Surround a group of boldly colored candles with an all-white table setting for a stunning wedding centerpiece that channels Rothko.
7. Cosmopolitan Class
Create a tablescape with an uptown vibe: set out white taper candles secured in antique mercury glass candlesticks with classic bouquets of white and powder-pink roses and hydrangeas. Keep the linens and tableware a crisp white.
8. Calm Serenity
This combination of square glass vases filled with tall grass and Philodendron leaves, creates the illusion of a lush orchid arrangement while actually using fewer flowers. Complement the clean lines with floating candles in clear glass cylinder vases.
9. Color Everywhere
When it comes to candles, the more, the merrier, and a playful dose of color worked into the wedding decor adds even more cheer. Use these red votive holders throughout the event space, from the escort-card table to the dessert bar.
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