O, the mighty votive! Sure, the linens and the centerpieces and the table numbers hog all the glory. But the votives, they're responsible for the glow. Right now there are several trends in votive holders that we love, including using classic glass ones like those shown above. When you have a modern wedding with low, wide centerpieces, less is more. Find the right votive for your table's style!
DIY up some vellum paper votive holders and your tablescape will get a dose of insta-style. This example below chose metallic accents, but you could do this in any number of pale colors and patterns. We're crazy about the white-on-white polka dot pattern they have used--simple without being too Plain Jane.
If one trend has dominated votives in the last year, it's been mercury glass. Long a staple of vintage holiday decor, mercury glass' last hurrah was in the 1960s. While you certainly don't need to have a vintage wedding in order to use these, few details are more perfect for the occasion if you are. The finish plays off candlelight so well that it adds extra glow to your table. To maximize this, use them on top of a mirrored surface (above, right) or with other mercury glass details (below).
The finish on mercury glass can be traditional and a bit "etched" or more modern with a thoroughly weathered finish. Below (left), these golden votives were a terrific complement to the metallic sequined table linens.
Another popular technique for getting a lit more sparkle out of your candles is adding metallic glitter. Create votive holders with a dense coating of gold glitter (above) or use double-sided tape to create unique designs (below). If your wedding venue won't allow actual candles, use battery-operated tea lights and put them in decorated holders. No one will notice the difference!
These pink frosted votive holders (below) were given a gold band of glitter embellishment to create a fun bridal shower favor. However, they would also be gorgeous at a wedding with a similar color palette.
For those brides who want a table that has a "mismatched" appearance use mercury glass votives along with larger candle holders in unique shapes, sizes, and finishes. Above (left), this larger glass votive holder features a circular pattern, dispersing unique rays of light across the table. Hobnail glass (above, right) is also a fantastic complement to mercury glass because of its vintage appeal and cute polka dot pattern.
Sometimes you need one votive, and sometimes you need a whole row. The woodsy wedding above wanted to keep their decor simple, drawing attention to the greenery throughout. Rather than more ornate details, they lined the front of their sweethearts' table with classic glass votive holders.
For a bolder vibe that draws attention to your palette, used colored glass votive holders. As the evening progresses and the lighting dims, that color will become more and more obvious.
To create your own unique votives, it's not more complicated than simply wrapping something around a plain holder. Above, this yarn-wrapped example would be great for a winter wedding, but you could use the same technique with lace, burlap, or twine. You could also completely enclose the votive, giving it a papier-mache effect by affixing book pages or sheet music. Just make sure that you don't extend whatever you are using past the glass itself to prevent tiny fires from popping up around your reception.
Instead of wrapping, create dynamic, modern patterns by pressing lace into cement mixture. This one-of-a-kind project (below) would fit in perfectly with a wide number of themes, including at an outdoor Southwestern event or an urban industrial reception.
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