Hi friends! Lighting can be one of the most important aspects of your event. It’s the (often under-appreciated) element that can make or break a space. One of my favorite lighting details? Candles, of course! I use them any chance I can get!
They add such a warm glow and make everything feel instantly cozy, yet glamorous, especially at an evening event. Aside from helping create that romantic ambiance, candles will add some much needed uplighting. If you’re planning on incorporating candles at your event (and you should!), here are a few things to note:
Creative Design. Where should you use candles? Everywhere! Tea lights, tall thin tapers, short thick pillars—vary the heights and widths of candles for interest. Here are some beautiful ways I’ve worked with my team to seamlessly integrate candles:
1. Place into tall glass spheres along the aisle for soft illumination
2. Hang in glass holders from hooks along walkways to light the way
3. Mix in with centerpieces, nestled into the flowers
4. Line a table with a stark row of candles for drama
5. Float in a pool or fountain to offer a magical feel
6. Place them on mirrors to reflect all of their gorgeous glow
Event Length. Consider a candle’s listed burn time to ensure that it will last throughout your event to avoid a flickering blackout midway. Once you get a few of them, test their burn length for yourself to be sure.
Venue rules. Every venue will have its own rules regarding candles so be sure to check with the site manager. Some venues won’t allow open flames, in which case be sure your candles are nestled in vessels. Other locations won’t allow any sort of flame at all. In that case, go with battery-operated LED candles. For outdoor events, always house your candles in glass to keep them bright and upright despite gentle breezes.
Location. Location. Location. When it comes to placing those lovely flickering flames, don’t put them anywhere where guests will be reaching across for food or drink. You don’t want a guest’s sleeve to catch fire. Safety first! Similarly, while it looks lovely to have an aisle lined by candlelight, placing candles on the floor can cause another hazard if you don’t enclose the flame.
When creating your lighting, consider candles as one part of your overall plan to set the mood for your event. Their possibilities are endless—get creative!