As a nearly-wed, you know all about flowers and balloons and fabrics and backdrops…but have you given much thought to the lighting? Specifically, candle-lighting? No, it’s not 1699; you don’t have to illuminate your wedding with candle-power, but candles have never lost their romantic appeal. If they’re good enough for a romantic evening alone together, imagine what dramatic touches that candles – regular, or LED – can lend to your special day?
Ways to Use Candles at Your Wedding
Candlelight, when used properly, can set a romantic tone for your wedding ceremony or reception (or both) while providing a soft, dreamy light; however, problems can arise if candles are used improperly. For example, insufficient candlelight can leave guests with a cold, creepy feeling instead of a warm glow. Here are some ways to use candles to good effect.
Floating candles are always lovely, and often come in flower shapes which are perfect for a wedding. You can place them in glass bowls of various sizes and even add a drop of food colouring or some glass pebbles to the water for special effect. One caveat: their burn time tends to be low, so plan well.
Tapers in candelabras make a fabulous statement; just be certain to get the dripless kind, to save your expensive linens.
Tea lights are extremely inexpensive; any couple can afford to absolutely fill the room with them. You can mix the votives (which come in a huge range of different colours and shapes) with candles of different sizes and place flower garlands around the various groupings.
Large pillar candles can go on stands near the altar or at the end of each pew, to provide just enough light for pictures
Tips for a Perfect Candlelit Wedding Ceremony
Anyone who’s planned a wedding knows that the best laid plans can be derailed by the most trivial-seeming thing – and a candlelit ceremony is no exception. Before you finalize your plans, make sure…
The fire ordinances and the venue permit the lighting of candles
Your wedding party knows it will be a candlelight ceremony, and where the candles will be placed, to help avoid accidents or confusion
You opt for scent-free or preferably natural beeswax candles as much as possible, to minimize the risk of allergic reactions or overly strong scents
You provide sufficient protection from the elements (wind, rain) so that your candles don’t go out
The person in charge of lighting the candles has sufficient lighters or matches to do the job
You have a plan to leave no lit candles burning unattended
Enjoy your beautiful ‘evening out’ – think romantic candlelit dinner, shared with a few dozen of your closest friends and family!