Ideas for Wedding Candle Centerpieces

Wedding candle centerpieces are an ideal way to set a romantic mood at your reception. Few things can be as romantic as eating by candlelight.

These centerpieces can be simple yet stylish arrangements or elaborate candelabras with a mass of flowers.

Simple Wedding Candle Centerpieces

In the simple arrangement below we have used purple Singapore orchids in a globe vase topped with a candle.

candle wedding centerpiece

Other flowers that would work in this type of arrangement include roses and cymbidium orchids.

Candelabra Centerpieces

Candelabras are a great way to add a touch of elegance to your day. These can often be provided by your hotel or venue, so don't think you will have to buy them. These can be decorated with flowers to create impact and a lasting memory of your day.

The extent of the decoration is a matter for personal taste. It can be understated as in the photo below where we used white Singapore orchids and ivy. Or you can go for an abundance of flowers. If you prefer the fuller look, just make sure that your decoration will not interrupt the view of other people on the table.

wedding candalbra centerpiece

Floating Wedding Candle Centerpieces

Floating candles are a popular type of centrepiece. You could use floating candles in a large flat vase for a traditional style of centerpiece. Or for something a little bit different, put a single floating candle in each of 5 cylindrical vases of different heights. Then decorate with flowers around the bases of the vases.

Other Candle Ideas

An inexpensive way of using candles is to place tea-lights around your centrepieces. The flickering light catches the eye and can enhance the appearance of any display.

You can also use votives in a similar way. Votives are small candles about 2-3 inches high and about 1½ inches in diameter. They are placed in some kind of decorative holder such as a glass votive cup. Some votives are designed to completely liquefy, but burning still continues when they are liquid.

Votives will generally burn longer than tea-lights. They are also available as fragranced candles which could add an extra dimension to your decoration, as long as the perfume is not over-powering.

Tips for Wedding Candle Centerpieces

Have an idea for how long your candles / tea-lights will burn (try a few before your wedding). If your reception will go on longer than the burn time, nominate a member of the wedding party or staff member from the venue to replenish them.

Make sure candles are out of the way of inquisitive youngsters.

Check that any containers that you use for candles (including glass) are heat resistant. I've heard of floating candles shattering containers that were not heat resistant. Don't let it happen to you.

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