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Enchanting Wedding Candle Centerpieces – Ideas Collection

Wedding Candle Centerpiece Ideas

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.

Decoration Accessories

There are a whole host of items that can be used to create wedding centerpiece arrangements:

  • Feathers
  • 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
A candle and flower centerpiece arrangement

A candle and flower centerpiece arrangement

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.

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Floating candle centerpiece using flowers

Personalized Candles

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:

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:

Wedding Centerpiece

A floral and candlelit centerpiece display

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An example of a decorative candle holder

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Unique Weekend DIY Wedding Lighting Ideas and Projects

DIY Wedding Lighting Ideas Creativity can go a long way, especially when you are looking to create DIY wedding lighting. For a small and intimate wedding, a DIY approach could be enough lighting to set the ideal backdrop. A larger wedding, say in a banquet hall, can still make great use of DIY lighting – but simple event light fixtures will be needed to fill up the space with enough light. Most wedding venues, such as hotels, will already have these fixtures for you to use, inclusive of the venue package. They can also be easily hired separately from event and lighting companies. Below we have set out a number of simple ideas that will turn a wedding space into an elegant setting.

Using String Lights To Create DIY Wedding Lights

Simple outdoor string lights, also known as fairy lights, can be used to provide a wide range of different wedding lighting effects. They are inexpensive, easy to work with, and create an enchanting lighting effect. They are well known for being red and green for Christmas decorations, but there are a wide range of different colors. Even the wiring that connects the lights together comes in other colors than green, so they can blend into different decorations. They come in an LED version which produces less heat, which is ideal for incorporating string lights for a wedding with decorations such as fabric or origami shades. The easiest thing to do is string them along tables and walls. You can arrange them on a wall to spell out the names of the bride and groom or create a simple heart. You can cover them up with a light fabric which will hide the lights and create a softer glow.

A romantic wedding backdrop

A Curtain Of Light: One straightforward idea using string lights is to create wedding curtain lights. This is where you hang a number of string lights side by side. This can be done on a white or on a black backdrop to create a starry effect. Fabric can be hung behind the lights. Going Green: For a professional look, use string lights with greenery. Pine branches wrapped with lights to make garlands for bowers or tables. Hang lighted wreaths sporting your wedding flowers or colorful ribbons. You can also find white string lights (white lights and white wiring) and have tree branches painted in white to create minimalistic decorations. This can also be applied if you are looking for outdoor wedding lighting ideas. String lights can be used to decorate and light up trees, flower beds, bushes, pathways, and create romantic backyard wedding lighting. Creating a Canopy: String lights can be hung from the ceiling to mimic a starry night. You can hang them in simple rows from one wall to another or you can create a canopy of light. This is usually done for wedding tent lighting, but can also be done in banquet halls to create a tent like effect. To do this you’ll need to find one spot in the ceiling from where all the string lights will hang from, and fan out.

Origami Shades: With the help of little paper origami shades, normal string lights can be turned into decorative light fixtures. A simple and creative idea that can take on many shapes and sizes. Take a look here for our post highlighting a tutorial on creating origami string lights.

Origami Lights

Decorating ordinary outdoor string lights with origami shades

Bottled Lights:  If you are a bit more adventurous with arts and crafts, you can construct unique wedding lights from string lights and glass containers. Vases, old-style milk bottles, wine bottles, and Mason jars can be turned into elegant lighting for tables or to line the floors. Wit and Whistle has a tutorial on turning string lights and normal wine bottles into a unique lamp. The best thing about these DIY glass lamps is that you can create them to go with the theme of your wedding. Simply use a container or colored glass that matches your theme, or have them painted and decorated to tie them in with your wedding decorations. For more ideas on using string lights have a look at our post: L&L LOOK BOOK: Beautiful Uses of String Lights [Photo Gallery]

Stencil Lighting

Monogram Lights

Starry wedding lighting effect

You can easily personalize a wedding venue with the use of wedding monogram lighting. This is where the names of the bride and groom are project with the use of a stencil and a normal event lighting fixture. These are normally done professionally with the use of a laser cutter, but with a sheet of tin, a sharp knife and a steady hand, these stencils can be done at home. Middle school and high school students have to create these stencils for their theater classes. They will be ideal as DIY wedding reception lighting that you can shine on entrances, walls or on the dance floor. You can also create other designs with the stencils. Stars can be cut out which can be projected onto the ceilings. Hearts or floral designs are some other ideas. Check out our post for full details: What Is and How To Make Elegant Monogram Lighting For Weddings

LED Battery Operated Wedding Lights

These small lights, along with a battery can be useful for a number of simple wedding lighting ideas. They can be used to effortlessly create unique centerpieces – arranged with flowers, and accessories. There are even submersible LED lights than can be placed inside water. LED light up ice cubes can be used inside of drinks to make them more dynamic, and tie them into your theme. With the use of normal balloons, LEDs can be easily turned into wedding lighting decorations. All you need are balloons and store bought LED lights that come with a battery (when you pull on a tab, the light is activated and turns on). The LED lights are simply placed inside the balloon before you blow them up. These balloons can be used to line the walls, placed on the dance floor, or if you are looking for DIY outdoor wedding lighting ideas, they will even float on water in fountains and ponds. You can even fill the balloons up with helium, and they will float in the air or can be tied down with string. White balloons are a popular choice for this DIY project but if you are looking for purple wedding lighting then purple balloons will do the trick.

Candle Lit Scenes

Wedding Candles

Candles always add a romantic touch to a wedding. These are ideal for creating table centerpieces. Wedding candle centerpieces can be arranged with flowers and other decorations such as polished pebbles or feathers. They can even be placed within a jar or bowl of water as they will float. Our post on beach wedding centerpieces has a nice section on creating unique DIY candle centerpieces.


For other do it yourself wedding lighting ideas have a look at these DIY lighting resources: Lighting DIY projects at Instructables LEDs + Music: Want to try something a bit more techie and dynamic for a DIY wedding lighting project – then try out this tutorial on creating a LED Light Box that syncs and pulses to the beat of the music.

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Creating Whimsical Purple Wedding Lighting

Purple Wedding Lighting Ideas

A purple themed wedding, a color that represents royalty, is a popular choice. A reception decorated in purple and white creates an elegant backdrop. When it comes to decorating purple wedding receptions, lighting can play a major role. Here you will have two options in creating purple wedding lighting, both of which are simple and inexpensive. You can either use purple gels with ordinary lighting or use purple décor with clear, non-colored lights.

Purple Lighting Gels

A purple gel fitted over a light

Lighting gels are thin sheets of plastic that can be fitted over light fixtures. Ordinary wedding lights that are usually provided at a hotel banquet hall or other venues can easily be transformed into purple lights. If this is the option you go with, then you will want to plan the decorations accordingly. White will be a good base color for tablecloths, drapes, backdrops, etc. This way the purple lights can easily transform the decorations. You can simply create purple centerpieces for weddings by having gel lighting shining onto a white table and centerpiece. If you choose green, yellow or other colored decorations, the purple lights will clash.

Some purple wedding lighting ideas using gels:

Have purple uplights shine onto a white wall, or even used on the outside of the building:

Purple Lighting

Purple uplights shining onto a buildings facade

Other ideas include using purple light bulbs inside white paper lanterns, or hanging drapes on the ceiling washed with purple lights (use a purple gel to cover the event lights):

White drapes hanging from the ceiling washed with purple lighting

White drapes hanging from the ceiling washed with purple lighting

A purple gel can also be applied to wedding monogram lighting. This is where the names of the bride and groom are cut into a stencil and put over a light fixture. Their names are projected onto walls, the dance floor or a ceiling. A purple gel, or any other color, can be applied over the stencil – turning the names into purple monogram lighting.

In addition to monogram lighting, you can also use general gobo lighting. Alongside having the names cut into the stencil, you can have designs made of anything: hearts, stars projected onto the ceiling, or floral stencils can be created to make wedding lighting decorations. All of which when used with a purple gel, will add to the overall theme.

Going Outdoors

If there is a fountain at your wedding venue, you can have purple gels fitted to the lights to turn it into a purple water show.

Trees can be lit to create a grand outdoor ambiance or visit here for more outdoor wedding lighting ideas.

Purple Décor and Neutral Lighting

Another way of adding lighting is to use plain neutral lights, without gels, and have them shine onto purple wedding decorations. For example, have non-colored uplights pointed onto purple drapes:

Purple drapes with normal colored lights

Purple drapes with normal colored lights

You can create a soft and intimate purple glow by using purple candles. Or how about normal light bulbs used within purple paper lanterns – much easier than finding purple light bulbs for white lanterns.

Purple Lanterns

Purple paper lanterns

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Create A Dreamy Backdrop With These Outdoor Wedding Lighting Ideas

Outdoor Wedding Lighting Ideas

Whether you are having a tent wedding, outdoor wedding reception, or a wedding on a beach, there are certain outdoor wedding lighting ideas that create the ideal backdrop. We have an article on the specific areas of a reception that need wedding lights (7 Areas: Creating a Poetic Backdrop Using Wedding Lights) such as the dance floor, guest table, etc. Here are additional areas for an outdoor space that would need lighting and what kind of light fixtures to use.

Areas of an Outdoor Wedding to Light Up

Venue Features: If you are lucky enough to have any features around, they can be highlighted with lights. Statues for example, water features, or even a nearby building can be a feature. Uplighting is usually the best way to light up features such as statues or buildings. They bring the features to life at night, showing off the details.

Water Features: Swimming pools, ponds or fountains are great areas to light. Having light wash over and reflect over a calm surface of water is a beautiful sight. Floating solar lights are an easy option, or you can have lights attached to poles pointing down towards the water.

A DIY wedding lighting idea would be to use battery powered balloon LED lights – instead of filling them up with helium, just fill them with air and they can float on the water. These balloon lights can also be placed around an outdoor space – tied to trees, or filled with helium and tied to a stake in a ground – letting them glow and float around adding to the outdoor wedding decor.

Adding lights to any water features will create tranquil feature

Adding lights to any water features will create tranquil feature

Landscape: Adding lighting to certain areas of the landscape will help in creating an intimate ambiance. Trees, bushes and flower beds could do with some lighting.

Outdoor string lights when used in clear or off white colors can add a fairytale look. They can be hung in trees, draped over fences, or hung from balconies.  These string lights can also come as a net, which can be placed over bushes.  More sophisticated versions of string lights are made with normal sized light bulbs, called festoon lights.

Uplighting pointed towards trees can highlight their features or if placed behind the tree will create a silhouette. You can also use colored gels to change the color of the light – for example a purple gel can be placed over the light if you are looking for purple wedding lighting.

Paths: Path Lighting is important in helping guest see their way to the different locations outdoors. Bamboo tiki torches are one way of guiding guests down paths, or solar stake likes are another option. Hanging globe string lights also helps in lighting a pathway at night.

Entrances: The entrance plays an important role in the setting of a wedding. Whether it is the entrance into the building or to a tent, it can be decorated with lights to create the backdrop you want. Once again uplights are ideal, as well as flood lights– shining them up onto the walls of a building. You can also use wedding monogram lighting where the names of the bride and groom are displayed with light. Tiki torches on both sides of the entrance can also create a dramatic entrance.

We have a separate article, if you are looking specifically for wedding tent lighting ideas.

Other Outdoor Wedding Light Fixtures

A search lightis a high powered light that projects light into the sky or onto a building. Multiple beams of light spread out creating a grand light display – like a major concert or event is underway.

Lanternsare lightweight and inexpensive light fixtures. They come in a wide range of styles and finishes. Popular choices for weddings are white weatherproof paper lanterns – if you are looking to fill a large space have a look for the over sized ones as these will add to the outdoor wedding decorations. There are more decorative hanging outdoor lanterns to choose from if you have a themed wedding planned.

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7 Areas: Creating a Poetic Backdrop Using Wedding Lights

Wedding Lighting Areas There are a number of areas within a reception space that need to be lit up. Most function rooms or wedding venues will have the standard, basic light fixtures – rather than specific wedding lights. These tend to be unsuitable for an intimate or grand wedding setting – as they are used for general lighting for meetings and conference.  Below we will talk about the 7 key areas that need to be focused on when looking at lighting, with examples on the types of lights to use. One key design tip to keep in mind is that a lighting plan comprises of both high and low points. There are some areas in a space you will want to create as focal points with grand lighting, while other areas will be low key. How you go about lighting the 7 areas below will be based on the layout of the wedding space you have. The 7 Areas of a Wedding to Light Up

  1.        The Entrance
  2.        Architectural Elements  – Columns – Walls – Ceiling –Floors – Features
  3.        Guest Tables
  4.        The Head Table
  5.        Navigation Lighting: Food / Bar Areas
  6.        Stages/Dance Floor
  7.        Displays

Extra: Outdoor Wedding Lighting

1. The Entrance Depending on the venue of the wedding, there may be an opportunity to create a grand entrance. This is where your guests create their first impression. There are two types of entrances – entrances into the building, and the entrance into the hall. When it comes to the outside of the building, some areas to light would be the pathways leading up to the entrance of the building. Not only is this needed to guide the guests into the building, but this can also set the tone or theme to the reception. If you are having a winter themed reception, then you can start this by using bright blue and white wedding lights to flood light over the building façade, or use multiple up lights that shine on the building. Then there is the entrance of the building (the doorway). You can hang lights over the entrance and on the sides. As this is an outdoor area you could use real gas flame torches. An alternative would be flame lights, these are torches that have lights instead of flames, but mimic the flame effect. These can also be used inside. Once the guests are inside the building, there could be other areas where lighting plays a part. Any hallways leading to the main hall can have string lights or up lights washing the walls and floor with light, guiding you guests. The entrance to the hall can once again have up lighting – to create a dramatic effect. You can personalize this space by having wedding monogram lighting, where the bride’s and groom’s names are displayed with light. Once again you can use the light based (not gas) torches. 2. Architectural Elements Once you are inside the main space there are a number of architectural elements that can be lit to create the right ambiance. Columns: These are usually disregarded architectural elements, but they can be lit up to create a grand ambiance. Up lights placed at the base, can shine light up the columns. Or you can wrap string lights around them – maybe even wrap fabric over the lights, to diffuse them – creating a fairytale like effect.

Using string lights to create a curtain of lighting

Walls: Depending on the layout and space of your venue, you might want to add lighting to bare and dull walls. Some light ideas for walls include: the fairy light curtain – this is when you take a number of string lights and hang them side by side on a wall, on a white fabric or black fabric (used to create a starry night effect). As always up lights are also an option here. There is always gobo lighting – instead of using the bride and grooms names, the stencils can be of stars, hearts or abstract designs, that can be projected with light onto the walls. Ceiling: The ceiling can be used to really create a spectacular and dreamy setting. Lighting the ceiling will make a space feel grand and spacious. If you want to create a more intimate, cozy feeling will want to have the wedding reception lights closer to the ground, with little ceiling lighting. For lighting the ceiling, there are chandeliers (standard size or mini) that can be rented, up lighting, or gobo (stencil) lighting. You can create a marquee/tent like effect in a hall by using string lights. Hang them from the walls, going inwards and upwards to a point up onto the ceiling, like a tent (this center point will become a focal point.) You can hang drapes along with the lights.

Using string lights to create a tent like effect

Floors: Use floor lighting to create a more intimate space. By bringing light closer to the ground, you make the space feel smaller, more intimate and isolated. You can line the walls with lights, have balloon LED lights lining the floor, or have wedding monogram lighting shining the bride and groom’s names on the floor. Features:If your wedding space has any features, you will want to have these turned into focal points by having them lit up Such things as statues, painted ceilings, stained glass windows – could be considered architectural features. 3. Guest Tables The guest tables are important areas to light. Not only is it needed for guests to be able to see each other and what they are eating – table lighting also fills the reception space making it feel lively. You can opt to use pin lighting. These are small spotlights that are hung on poles. These poles can be arranged around the venue. The lights are focused on every table, providing bright and lively lighting. Another option is to do table lighting. You can use batty powered LED lights to create a unique centerpiece (here is our guide on DIY wedding lighting) or there are wedding candle centerpieces that are more elegant and enchanting. 4. The Head Table

Adding lights to the backdrop of the head table

Adding lights to the backdrop of the head table

The head table can be made to stand out amongst the rest with a few wedding lighting ideas. Depending on your table arrangement you can use under table lighting, or hang string lights with additional drapery around and on the table. Larger centerpieces with pin lighting will also work, as well as hanging a mini chandelier above the table.

Wedding Head Table

Making the head table stand out using wedding lights

5. Navigation Lighting: Food / Bar Areas Certain areas such as food tables or the bar would need ambient lighting – to draw peoples’ attention and let them know where they are. The food table can have the lights switched off after people have eaten. Pin lights can be used and the bar can have more mood lighting – have the bottles lit up, or use fabric and string lights on the counter. 6. Stages/Dance Floor

  • If you plan on having a stage for a band, this will require some stage lighting. Most wedding venues will have the standard stage lights.
  • A controlled spot light would be ideal to highlight people who are giving speeches, on a stage or on the venue floor.
  • Then there is the dance floor. Dance floor lighting is generally provided at venues, or can be easily hired. Some dance floor lighting ideas include: music synced colored lights and a disco ball. You can also use monogram lighting to have the names projected onto the dance floor. This, along with a spotlight, will be great for the first dance. Be careful not to have too many lights, as it can get hot.

7. Display Lighting If you have any floral arrangements or would like to highlight a multiple tiered cake, then display lighting will be needed. These are small, focused lights – like you see in a jewelry store. LED wedding lights would be recommended as they produce less heat – as you will want to be careful with the amount of heat and the closeness of the lights, with delicate items such as a cake and flowers. Extra: Outdoor Wedding Lights. If you are planning on an outdoor wedding, there are a number of other areas that can be lit up to create the ideal setting. For example, washing any water feature such as a pond or a pool with light will create elegance in the outdoor space. See here for our guide on outdoor wedding lighting or the guide on wedding tent lighting.


Wedding lights can be used to add another dimension to a space. A normal cake, with the right lighting can be turned into a designer looking cake. The same goes with flowers, and venue design. Lighting is one of the key elements to creating the right feel. It can be used to make a space feel grand or intimate, it can create focal areas, and monogram lighting can even personalize a space. Letting you create the perfect backdrop for a wedding. More wedding lighting ideas:

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