The Most Romantic Ways to Decorate Your Entire Wedding with Candles
It's no secret that candles exude romance, tranquility, and comfort wherever they're used. So, why wouldn't you want to use them to decorate one of the happiest days of your life? From the tiniest tea lights to oversized options, candles bring elegance and beauty to any ceremony and reception. It's no surprise that they're a go-to décor choice for so many couples.
Besides providing soft light, candles have so many other big-day benefits. One advantage in particular? They look pretty practically anywhere. Whether you place candles at the front of your altar, use them to line your aisle, or even hang them above your reception tables, these glowing decorations elevate any element of your event. They even make a major impact when used in even the smallest of ways. Just look to this ceremony backdrop by Magnolia and Grace Events for proof. The pros used just a few short pillar candles and two ivy vines from Stems Florist to create a truly gorgeous, but understated décor moment.
Another thing we love about candles? They work for both indoor and outdoor weddings, making them incredibly versatile. If you're throwing your nighttime reception or ceremony under the open sky, use them to guide guests to their seats. Couples planning a winter affair will want to bookmark one cold-weather idea, ahead, which involved setting up lit candles inside a venue's fireplace. If the following images prove anything, it's that candles are a beautiful addition to any part of your big-day décor. Whether you decide to use them on their own or with an intricate floral installation, the results are bound to be breathtaking.
All Lit Up
This altar is breathtaking all on its own, but Love & Splendor brought the venue's majesty up a notch by placing candles on each marble level.
Tara Guérard Soirée proves candles work just as well outside as they do inside. This small patch gave off just enough light to show guests to the reception space (and provided a great photo op!).
As the sun sets on your wedding day, you'll need something to light up your portraits. The candles on this jetty added a soft glow to an already romantic sunset—and made for an even better photo.
Line of Candles
Brightening up your nighttime reception doesn't get much easier than lining candles along the perimeter of venue. Jenna Lam Events planned this luminescent layout.
Stairway to Heaven
If you're holding your reception at night, consider asking your calligrapher to turn glass hurricanes into a unique seating chart (Sophie Love Letters created these!). When the candles are lit, attendees will be able to find their seats with ease.
Take advantage of your venue's fireplace, whatever your wedding's season or location. Jessica Sloane swapped firewood for candles at this spring Miami celebration; they cast a warm glow on the Old-World venue.
Guide guests to your outdoor reception with a dreamy candlelit walkway, à la this Stefanie Cove and Company set up.
In a clean, airy ceremony space, placing candles at the altar (like Luxe Paris Events did here) will help ground the room.
Candles and Greenery
Make your venue's already-intricate banister stand out by transforming the structure into a softly-lit floral moment. La Belle Fleur Events and Life in Bloom added a greenery garland, a mix of candles, and small hydrangea arrangements to this dramatic entryway.
Hurricanes of various heights and widths make for a dynamic floor display. For even more visual interest, lay long strands of ivy in between each candle, like Anthology Floristry did here.
Take advantage of your location's pool by lighting it up with floating candles. The Flying Bride did just that, creating the perfect outdoor setting for this summer wedding.
In spaces without a lot of natural light, candles can add a soft, organic glow to the setting. Take this Jenna Lam Events set up, for example. She placed candles both on and below the window sill for an ethereal vibe.
You don't need hundreds of candles to make an impact. This staircase's minimal set up still felt bright thanks to white roses by Splendor of Eden.