LA Wedding Planner
First things first- I am obsessed with candles as they instantly give the room a romantic, beautiful glow for evening events. One of our recent weddings consisted of very minimal flowers and a plethora of candles. You can watch the video here:
Wedding design details are super important and can create the ideal look and feel that you are going for at your wedding. One of the best lighting and ambiance details, in my opinion, are candles! They add the most amazing glow to the room and make everything about your décor pop. The romance excludes through the room using candles. If you are planning on incorporating candles at your wedding (I hope you do!), then is important to remember these notes:
- Candles aren’t inexpensive.It is understandable to think that you will save a significant amount by opting for candles instead of flowers. Unfortunately, candles aren’t necessarily the budget saver you are hoping for. Sure, tea lights and mini votive candles are cost effective; but the beautiful tall vases with floating candles or pillar candles come at a price. There are other avenues to obtain these candles like wholesale shops – and if you are shopping in Los Angeles, I recommend taking a trip to the Flower district in Downtown LA for some affordable finds. But, all in all, candles look beautiful but won’t provide the cost savings you are looking for.
- Venue rules, restrictions & regulations. Every single venue will have its own set of restrictions, rules, and regulations. If you dream of a romantic wedding with a fairytale glow of candles and your venue does not allow an open flame, then that is a lot to consider. It is key to check with the site manager to ensure that you are aware of the rules of the venue. Some venues will allow flames, some have no tolerance for any sort of flame and will request battery operated candles. For outdoor and beach weddings, it is essential to keep the candles displayed in a glass – this will keep the flame from blowing out, eliminate the outdoor hazard, and abide by the venue restrictions if they allow the flame. It’s important to make sure that the flame does not come outside of the vase.
- Should I use battery powered just to be safe if the wedding is outside? Although battery powered candles are nice and work well for the beach – if you have an outdoor wedding that is not on the beach, use real candles, but inside of tall glass vases or hurricane vases. There is no true substitute to the beautiful glow that comes from real candles. You will be safe is the grown is level (and not at an incline), and if the flame is deep inside of the vase.
- Where should the candles be displayed?First – it is key to note where NOT to place the candles. Do not place them where guests will reach over and potentially light their sleeve on fire. My favorite spots to place candles in along the sides of the ceremony aisle inside glass holders, tiered candles mixed within centerpieces, to create a pathway, or adding a romantic touch to the bar. This is a great time to get creative with the placement of the candles. But remember, safety first – the last thing you want are sleeves catching on fire.