When it comes to wedding centerpieces, candles are the go to choice. With their soft glow and flickering light, they create a poetic and romantic setting. Below we’ll go over the range of ideas for wedding candle centerpieces – from floating arrangements to flameless.
Color Coordinating Candle Centerpieces For a Wedding Reception: You can tailor the color of the candle centerpieces to the theme of the wedding, if you have one planned. For example if you are planning on using purple wedding lighting around the venue, then purple candles will tie the table decor in with the surrounding theme. White is usually the go to candle color for traditional wedding styles. Don’t forget, along with color choices, there are also scented and soy based candles to choose from.
There are a whole host of items that can be used to create wedding centerpiece arrangements:
- Candle and flower wedding centerpieces
- Polished stones and rocks
- Decorative ornaments
- Wooden or stone trays to hold everything together
- Decorative candle stands/holders
- Fabrics can be used to wrap around glass candle holders
- Jars such as Mason jars can act as candle holders
Floating Candle Centerpieces
A wooden, stone or glass bowl or vase can be filled with water and have candles floating in them. Flowers can also be added to float around the candle and/or decorative rocks can fill the base. Food coloring can dye the water to a certain color creating more decorative wedding reception candle centerpieces.
It is relatively simple and inexpensive to have custom made candles created. An elegant idea would be to have candles engraved with a monogram – the first letters of the bride and groom. This can tie into any wedding monogram lighting that you might have planned. There is also the alternative of just having the candle holders personalized – the monogram can be printed onto glass candle holders or engraved onto wooden ones.
Lanterns are ideal for outdoor wedding lighting ideas as they will protect the candles from the wind. There are a number of styles to choose from – from the classical Victorian, wrought iron lanterns, to more exotic and decorative Moroccan lanterns.
Alternatives to Candles
A few alternative ideas for flame based centerpieces include:
- tabletop tiki torches
- fire bowls/urns
If you are having the wedding outdoors, tiki torches or fire bowls can be fueled with citronella oil, which will work as a natural and organic insect repellent.
Crafts and DIY
If you feel like going a step further and create your own DIY wedding lights, here a few resources/tutorials:
- Creating candles at instructables.com
- Making soy candles video: youtube.com
- Making elegant decorative candles: candletech.com
Our article on beach wedding centerpieces includes a number of wedding candle centerpiece ideas. Such as using items found on the beach to create the centerpieces – driftwood logs can be crafted into candle holders, or pebbles and shells on the beach can be scattered on the table around the candles.
Below are a number of photos for inspiration on creating candle centerpieces for wedding tables, enjoy:
More wedding lighting ideas:
- Unique Weekend DIY Wedding Lighting Ideas and Projects
- What Is and How to Make Elegant Monogram Lighting For Weddings