Centerpiece Ideas Using Candles?

Looking to make my own centerpieces for a September wedding. I am thinking something with candles. Any suggestions? Oh, I need 40 of them! Anyfeed back will be helpful.



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By Felicia (Guest Post)
August 4, 20040 found this helpful

I made the most beautiful centerpieces for my May 2002, wedding. What I did was bought small mirrors, bought small vases that I attached using a glue gun) to the mirrors. Bought some decorative ceramic flowers that I attached around the vase on the mirror. filled the vase with blue marbles and a floating flower shaped candle. Filled with water and voila!! I calculated that for the 15 I made @$8.00 each centerpiece. And they looked expensive :) Oh, I also wrote on the bottom of the mirror a message thanking guests for the special memories (as I gave these out as gifts after the wedding)

Congratulations on your Big Day!!

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August 4, 20040 found this helpful

I recently went to a wedding where the bride and groom scattered blue and clear glass votives with candles everywhere! There was one at each place setting, a few scattered on a mirror in the middle of the table with some loose flowers scattered around as well.


They were also on the buffet table, the bar, the gift table, and even in the bathrooms. She said she got them bulk via mail order...and she let everyone take them home. It was simple but very pretty and the glow of the candles was gorgeous.

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By Virginia (Guest Post)
August 4, 20040 found this helpful

For my wedding I took large glass bowls (found at the large craft supply stores) and filled them with Sea Shells and floating sea shell shaped candles. (I had a sea shell theme instead of a color theme.) For a little extra pizzazz I also put two white kissing fish in each bowl. In total I think I spent $8 on each arrangement. Since then many people have come to me with other ideas, like colored artist sand in the bottom and glass beads.

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By Linda. (Guest Post)
August 4, 20040 found this helpful

Depends on your colors. If you are using fall colors, a simple column candle on a mirror tile, surrounded by fall leaves, real or artificial would be great. Mirrors at home improvement stores are cheaper than craft stores.

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By Rosemary (Guest Post)
August 9, 20040 found this helpful

A small candle on top of a small mirror with glass beads scattered around the mirror and onto the table, all can be found at a hobby center or at the dollar store and can be made for around 2.00 each if bought in large amounts. Happy wedding and GOD bless.

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August 10, 20040 found this helpful

For my wedding I used "ivy" bowls with ivy around the base and a wide but short pillar candle in the ivy bowl. My colors were purple and fuschia and I was able to find the candles in those colors. I also bought wide ribbon (not cloth but the type use with floral arrangements) in the purple and fuschia.


On one table I would take one color of ribbon and run it down the entire lenght of the table and then place an ivy bowl with the opposite color candle on top of the ribbon. I got the ivy bowls for less than a dollar each a Micheals.

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By Toni Krys (Guest Post)
August 11, 20040 found this helpful

For something even more economical if money is tight, I just bought some material and cut it in 12" squares with pinking shears, then bought a candle in a glass container in the $ store. It was simple but elegant and I asked for matching colored napkins for the tables. Mine was dark blue material with light blue candles and the napkins were also dark blue. It really looked nice.

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By Kristean (Guest Post)
August 14, 20040 found this helpful

Wow, you have been given alot of great ideas here. I am a wedding planner and have some more ideas for you.

This idea is for an "elegant" look:


using a piece of tulle about 14" long and 12" wide, form a "nest" and place in the center of the table: in the center of the tulle, place a wine glass with a floral ring at the base. Insert a tea candle (the kind in the little silver cups). The beauty of this is that the tulle is about 80 cents a yard at Wally world, the floral rings can be made from $1.00 a bunch flowers at wally world, and the tea lights are $3.oo for 50 of them at the same place. Now the wine glasses are the place to set the table mood. From "shabby chic", to elegant , or formal. You will create the mood by the shape/style of glass you use.
By using a diffent shaped glass on each table you achieve the shabby chic look. By using champagne flutes you are "Formal", and by using a brandy snifter or regular wine glass you will achieve an elegant look. You can find lots of wine glasses at good will, yard sales, and flea markets. Or better yet borrow them!!! The tea lights keep them from getting wax on the inside.

Here is another idea.

Buy potted mums in the color of your wedding ( the smaller ones like you would get at a nursery ) and some taper candles. Wrap the bottom of the candle with a small square of aluminum foil, and insert it into the dirt of the plant in the middle. You should cover the bottom of the pots with something, like paper, fabric, or a terra cotta pot that you have decorated or painted. This is a really good one if you are using fall colors or theme.

Here is another one:
Using a ring of silk flowers, and a small white pillar candle ,
glue white heart shaped paper doilies (tip of heart attached to the candle)
to the candles bottom (use 3 or 4 to make them look nice), then make your
own printed picture (with the computer) with
you and your fiance's names and wedding date on it, cut it out and glued it in


the center of the heart doily (or you can use pearl topped straight pins and pin
them to the side of the candle), then after the reception, they can be gifts to
grandparents/aunts/uncles or other close loved ones.

If you have any other questions related to your wedding please feel free to email, I offer my advice free of charge!!

Congratulations, and best wishes.
Kristean Thompson

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By Shelly (guest Post) (Guest Post)
September 7, 20040 found this helpful

I have sponged painted Ivy bowls with two colors. One way is a ivory acrylic craft paint and the other color is a acrylic pearl. If you wanted to accent your wedding colors say blue and then make your second color the pearl. When you are done sponge painting, spray them with a clear Krylon. You can then finish decorating them with ribbon bow around the top or hot glue mini flowers around the top. Put a votive in the finished bowl and you have a very elegant center piece that was alot of fun to decorate and very inexpensive. When you light them they have a soft glow. After the wedding you can give them out as gifts to your wedding party as a keepsake. Buy one bowl and experiment to see how you like it.-have fun!

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By bride's mom (Guest Post)
December 19, 20040 found this helpful

Has anyone used wheatgrass in centerpieces? Do you have any ideas about growing, what containers to use, etc.

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By julia (Guest Post)
January 3, 20050 found this helpful

try tall cylinder clear glass vases, buy miniature flowers in your colors, put colored marbles in the bottom of the vases, one miniature stem, submerge in water and top with a floating candle.
very dramatic, only one needed per table. Or, try three of staggered heights for a more dramatic effect.

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By Kristine_eb (Guest Post)
April 15, 20050 found this helpful

I just did my wedding with candles. When I was deciding on ideas I found so many. You can take glass laterns and put rose petals at the bottom and one pillar candle in the middle. You can also take some Ivy bowls and put nice round candles in the bottom and fill it up half way with water to give the floating candle effect (but it looks nicer). If you put just one big candle in the middle of the table and then put a little votice at each seat with a match it makes it fun for each guest to light their own candle in front of them. I hope that some of these ideas helped, good luck.

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By Trista (Guest Post)
May 29, 20050 found this helpful

Try buying a mirror like the ones you would use on the back of the door for dressing. (Since they are thin and long they fit a table perfectly.) Buy candles in in different heights and diameters in bulk at craft supply stores. Put the candles in groups of 4 or 5, with each group containing a variety of heights. Scatter flower petals(silk work just as well as real) and glass pebbles in coordinating colors all around. I used these in my wedding and it was stunning! The best part is I saved on the cost of flowers!

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By Ashley (Guest Post)
January 24, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Gina,

I am having the same issue. I am getting married in September as well and floral centerpieces are way too overpriced so i want to use candles. I went looking around in some craft/party store and at party city, i found some 4 packs of white unscented candles for $2.50 which is a really really good price for candles now i just need some ideas for setting them up. I was thinking that i could use mirrors and pebbles...maybe this will help you a bit.

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January 24, 20070 found this helpful

There is a website: that has wedding supplies that are very reasonably priced. They have votive holders that can be personalized with your wedding information.

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By (Guest Post)
April 7, 20070 found this helpful

We are having trouble finding pillar candles in various heights (3 inch rounds) that we can afford for a Sept. 1st wedding in a state far away.
They will need to be shipped there as about 100 pillar candles are too much to carry on airplanes. Anyone have any ideas/ sources please?
Please E-mail me directly. Thank You! ruth AT

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By adrienne (Guest Post)
August 27, 20070 found this helpful

I am planning a wedding for May 31st and I want to do the three different size of candles sitting on top of a mirror with silk rose petals and flat rock around the table but how do I keep the candle wax from falling onto the mirror.

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By Donna (Guest Post)
November 21, 20070 found this helpful

I am working on my daughter's wedding; a September, outdoor, evening affair with an Italian "vineyard" theme. We are trying to be very "unique" with our decorations, without spending a lot of money. I am "building" candle stands for centerpieces, using terracotta flower pots and trays, and using small, 2-3" pots to match as favors. I will either put a votive in the small pots, or use them to hold candy-covered almonds. The colors are deep purple and champagne. I will paint the candle stands in the champagne color and lightly sponge over it in the purple. I plan on using a large pillar candle in the purple, tied with a green raffia bow. A small ring of silk or natural grapevine/ivy at the base of the candle should finish the effect. The small pots will be painted to match, and will also have a raffia bow.

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By Kendra (Guest Post)
May 11, 20080 found this helpful

For my wedding, we used the glass ivy bowls. At the lip, we put ribbon (thin) of the colors of my wedding (coral, white, and silver) along with the small floral flowers (white). We then lined the ivy bowl with white aquarium rocks and filled the bowls with water. About an hour before the reception started, gold fish were put in each bowl (1 fish per bowl). At the head table, we had beta fish instead of gold fish.

My friend did something similar for her wedding, but used votive candles (with glass holders) inside the ivy bowls. And had the candles lit during the reception. She of course, used the ivy bowls I had from my wedding, so it was a pretty cheap wedding centerpiece.

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