In lieu of pricey floral arrangements, display sleek tapers that match your palette in a variety of shapely glass candlesticks.
Flowers and candlelight are nothing new, but together they create tabletop decorations fit for a spring or summer wedding. Place votive candles in tall glass vessels, and attach a flower (dahlias are shown here) outside each, trimming the stem to fit and tying with raffia that matches the flower. Set each display in a saucer of water to keep the flowers fresh.
When printed on translucent vellum in soothing colors, lace appears even dreamier and more ethereal than it already is. To make square luminarias beautiful enough to be centerpieces, we simply magnified the lace pattern. Placed in a row, with no extra flourishes, the presentation positively glows with sophistication.
This illuminating centerpiece can be created by securing a glass vase with floral adhesive inside another that is slightly larger and filled with tinted water. Pillar candles are best for this project; not only are they pretty, but their weight will further anchor the interior vase.
Let you and your groom's happy faces shine with a set of photo frame lanterns for your centerpieces. They consist of three hinged photo frames set around votive candles. The black-and-white photos are printed onto ecru-colored vellum paper, which is translucent enough for the images to be visible by candlelight.
For flames that will flicker long after wax votives get blown out, gather clear apothecary bottles and fill them with lamp oil and wicks. Arrange the bottles under a large hurricane for protection; we set these on a sturdy glass cake stand (make sure the bottles are evenly balanced on the stand).
For each of these centerpieces, use candle wax to attach a small floral frog to the center of a shallow bowl. Push a taper into the floral frog to secure. Pour water into the bowl. Clip amaryllis blooms (or other large flowers) from their stems, and arrange them in the bowl around the candle.
If you're planning a destination wedding, your DIY decor will be spending some time in a suitcase. These simple candle covers are ideal for packing: They're made with honeycomb rice-paper daisies that start out flat as pancakes and only take shape when you're ready to assemble.
You'll be blazing a new design path with this clean and contemporary tablescape that takes its cues from the striking beauty of abstract art. A big pop of color in the form of bright candles you design yourself casts a warm glow over an otherwise clean, minimalist table.
These informal, inexpensive lanterns are ideal for a garden wedding, as the jars protect the flame from breezes. Wrap a piece of flexible greenery around the jar just below the lip, and twist a piece of floral wire around the ends to secure. The jars here are decorated with ivy, willow, and myrtle.
The how-to for this centerpiece couldn't be easier -- just layer pieces of punched vellum around glass votives. It works with both round and square containers, and the candles can be arranged on tables of all shapes. When lit, the punched areas filter light beautifully and add an aura of romance.
Colored bands of sand dress up votive candles to make flickering lights that are cheerful and fun. Sand is available in a variety of colors at art-supply stores.
To make a sand candle, fill a clear drinking glass with enough sand so that a votive candle placed on top falls just below the rim. Set the glass inside a clear glass vase or jar. With a funnel, fill the gap between the two containers with layers of colored sand, using enough to reach the rim of the drinking glass.
For a beach weddding, bring a bit of the shore to your tables with this sandy centerpeices. To recreate, use candle adhesive to secure slender tapers to the bottom of a clear glass vase. Carefully pour in a few inches of sand, then arrange shells on top. Besides refracting the candlelight for added ambience, the vase will protect the flames from breeze.
Fawn over the flowers these real brides chose for their bundles.See the Blooms