Wedding Planning

10 Ways to Use Candles at Winter Weddings

10 Ways to Use Candles at Winter Weddings

Nothing is quite so inviting as the warm glow of candlelight.

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Aisle Decor

Light the way down the aisle with tons of candlelight. When you need to warm up a big space, such as a lodge or industrial loft, you can’t rely on sunshine in the winter to give you great light. Use candles in glass containers (because a wedding dress on fire isn’t why you want to be the center of attention) or hurricane lanterns.

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Outdoor Details

Welcome them to your snowy reception by hanging candles from bare branches. There’s no more charming way that this idea to guide your guests to the venue doors. These types of lanterns pair best with flameless candles that will “burn” for the duration of your event.

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Faux Chandelier

For a rustic winter wedding, create faux candle chandeliers with greenery and wire. You could also use a similar design to create a wreath-style centerpiece for your reception tables.

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Reflective Centerpiece

Want to maximize the glow of your centerpiece candles? Place them on top of a mirror so that the flame’s light can bounce off the reflection. You’ll get even more gleaming light by using mercury glass votive holders.

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Colorful Statement

Do you have a bold color palette for your winter wedding? Don’t exclude your candles from the scheme. Find tapers in your hues to create modern monochromatic arrangements that will make your palette even more powerful.

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DIY Tablescape

Not all venues allow open flames. You can find flameless candles in a wide range of sizes (and as a bonus, you can use them in your home for years to come). Go for a cool DIY tablescape look with a hand-illustrated paper tablecloth loaded up with candles in the center.

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Wintry Vignettes

Your event can be Nordic-influenced with centerpieces composed of vignettes made with “villages” lit from the inside with tealights. Surround them with moss and greenery to fill the arrangement.

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Rustic Arrangement

We’ll be the first to admit that placing a bunch of taper candles in a basket full of dried moss is a little risky. But this was such a pretty idea that we still had to share.

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Themed Accents

When you go shopping for lanterns to use with your candles, search for ones that suit your winter wedding’s theme. For a boho event, we love these Moroccan-inspired lanterns. Later, you can use them on your patio for long summer evenings.

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Metallic Glow

Alternate candles and fairy lights with your light decor. These cool hurricanes are made with a dark glass and copper rims, giving a polished finished look ideal for a modern wedding.