Styling with candlelight is one of the easiest and spectacular ways to transform a room. Everyone loves candles as they are romantic, flattering, spiritual and warm. They are also a great cost effective way to give your wedding some natural ambience.
Candles come in three main forms:
Each one throws off a different type of light. The votives offer an intimate light. They are usually placed at eye level or in glass holders that light up as the candle flicker against it. Votives are best placed on the table, on shelves, book cases, top of fire places or floor in groups. This will create a lovely soft lighting effect.
Combine the votives with pillar and taper candles. They are raised up higher and provide a greater level of light and help to create a warm elegant mood. They also give a wonderful effect when looking at the room from a distance. They draw the eye upwards and towards the gorgeous flowers.
Votives and tapers don’t give enough light to create full illumination on their own, but look spectacular and dramatic on tables. Mixing these three types of candles around the room, along the walls or hanging from the roof or trees can give a spectacular effect. To add even more dramatic effect to your lighting scheme, we'd suggest you arrange some professional up-lights along the walls and trees.
You’ll find hundreds of different candle and holders options. From plain glass, rimmed metals, brass, gold, silver or lovely coloured options. You can get holders with holes in them which allow you to see the candle flicker through, or you may prefer solid colours with beautiful etchings.
When selecting your candles be sure to think about the overall look and effect you are trying to achieve. For example, do you want a more traditional or eclectic look? If you want a more traditional look then it might be best to get a holder with gilded silver casing. If modern or contemporary you may go for glass, coloured or white. Avoid deep coloured florals if you want a room to be lit by candlelight alone and instead stick to whites and light colours.
Another thing to be mindful of is hot dripping wax (particularly with taper candles). If there is a slight breeze it can cause the wax to spray or drip all over the table or glass wear. This can look terribly messy for guests! There are some great candle options available that prevent wax dripping. For example, there are candles that look like a classic taper but they actually have a special casing around the candle so the wax drips in the casing not on the outside.
If you are looking to light your ceremony aisle then think about hanging some candles from above on trees or flower arches. Then line the aisle with hundreds of votives along the outside of the carpet mixed in amongst hundreds of flowers heads and loose petals. If you are nervous about the flame and your dress, you can buy some great LED candle options.