Candles can help to set the scene in any location and turn even the most stark and empty room into a warm and romantic setting. This article takes a closer look at wedding candles and provides ideas and tips on how to use them througout the wedding reception for dramatic effect.
Candles are a multi-purpose decorative item that can be used to accessorise tables, shelves, window-ledges even outdoors. They come in a variery of shapes and sizes and can even emit a powerful scent to arouse the senses. From traditional lavendar and vanilla to wierd and wacky peanut butter and apple strudel varieties, there's bound to be some wedding candles out there that sends out the right smells for your wedding so get searching!
Using Wedding Candles Outdoors
Wedding candles are perfect for decorating all corners of the reception, both indoors and out. Whilst they obviously aren't weatherproof, as long as it is dry, and either your candles are sheltered or it is not too breezy, then they can help to provide a fantastic outdoor ambience once dusk falls. Votives (basically a large shot glass which holds a tealight) protect the flame well, or alternatively you could opt for larger style candles and hurricane lamps. For a more ‘country’ feel, consider placing tealights under tin cans with holes punched in the sides - this provides a cost-effective, pretty and informal look, but remember to peel the Heniz labels of the side first! Outdoor candles are a really neat idea that are becoming a much more common sight at Evening Do's these days, and if the worst comes to the worst and it begins to rain, you can always move them inside.
Using Wedding Candles Indoors
Indoors, candles can be used as part of a floral centre piece or to compliment it. Larger ‘pillar’ candles can be built in to a low floral design or small tealights can be scattered around the centrepiece to add a romantic glow to the table. Shelves and window-ledges can be adornded with anything from votives to tealights and you can even place them at intervals along the bar, just makes sure they won’t get in the way of service – or your guests won’t be happy! Wax melts (available in a variety of shapes with hearts being a common option) and jar candles are other more individual options, and the latter is even becoming a popular favour item for wedding guests.
Whatever wedding candles float your boat, a word of caution. Please make sure that you look out for potential fire hazards - the last thing you want is for your reception to be something an arsonist would be proud of!