Ten Candle Centerpiece Ideas You’ll Want to Steal

Brides, are you looking for amazing wedding table decoration ideas?  Ideas that are doable on even the most modest of budgets, that are appropriate all year long, you can go big or small with, use on round or rectangle guest tables? An element that will add an intimate yet stylish look to your wedding reception space? A wedding table centerpiece that is oh so pinnable and will go with any and all color schemes and themes? For these reasons and more, I offer you the often overlooked, hard-working, unassuming, humble candle.

Candles can play THE starring role on some of your tables—head table, guest tables, and cocktail tables.  They are affordable and versatile and can add a great touch to your sign in table, cake and/or dessert display tables and bars.

Candles might just be the most cost-effective element in your decorating toolbox.

And I hear some of you already bemoaning the fact that your wedding venue explicitly says “No Live Flame Allowed”. Never fear…we can help! We use battery operated everything…pillars, votives, tea lights and even floating candles… to create the same look.

#1. Glass vases with floating candles are our go-to element when we’re facing several challenges like a dark, dingy space, or maybe the space only has florescent lighting and it’s either all on–too bright–or all off–too dark, or absolutely no room in the budget for florals. If candles are the centerpiece, remember this expert tip: use as many as you can and use various heights and styles. Notice in the picture below how we used various heights in glass with floating candles and inundated the tabletop with many different styles, sizes and color votive holders.

photographer: Melanie C venue: Temple Hilton Garden Inn designers: Posh Events and Confetti Rentals florist: Woods Flowers

#2. Brass candlesticks with glass sleeves to protect the taper/flame is a recent trend in wedding table centerpieces and we can’t stop looking at this head table. The designer, Karla McNeill Events, paired our champagne Rain Drop Sequin Table Runner with the attendant bouquets (see our article http://five-ways-to-stretch-your-wedding-decoration-dollars) with tapers protected by our modern glass sleeves for a look of timeless elegance.

wedding head table sweetheart table rain drop runner champagne ivory dupioni brass candlestick floral gold charger
designer: Karla Mcneill Events venue: Cathedral Oaks florist: Creative Innovations decor rentals: Confetti Rentals

#3. We love this look because we know the white hydrangeas are artificial–but almost no one else guessed it! Florist Creative Innovations knew that by tucking in real baby’s breath, this cost saving strategy would go unnoticed. Add in a few cylinder vases of different heights with floating candles, gold mercury glass candlesticks and gold mercury glass votive cups and this sophisticated head table is breath taking.

#4. Looking for simple, affordable and easy? This budget friendly wedding table centerpiece includes a single hydrangea and a wood slice for added warmth. It’s set off by clear glass vases with floating candles and a few mercury glass votives to bring it all together.

#5. Talk about simple: glass cylinder vases with floating candles set atop two silver mercury glass candlesticks. We simply tucked in artificial peonies and succulents for a finishing touch.

Expert Tip: use a sequin runner down the center of the table like we did–it keeps a small, simple centerpiece from looking lost.

A sweetheart table with champagne sequin linen and candles with a white voile backdrop.

#6. Again, various height candlesticks with pillars and a few votives peppered in keep this sweetheart table, well, sweet. Notice how we carried the candles to the floor and how their light bounces of the sequins? When you’ve got a beautiful sequin linen and overhanging wisteria, it’s okay to keep it simple. As a matter of fact, it’s best.

Expert Tip: always place your tall tabletop elements so they frame the bride and groom, never blocking them.

photographer: Dani Cowan Photography venue: The Performing Arts Center, Killeen, Tx designer: Chris Cowan of Confetti Rentals and Karla McNeill of Karla McNeill Events

#7. If you’re looking for “greener” wedding centerpieces, adding greenery and glass is a great starting point. To give some height to the tablescapes, we simply used our glass candlesticks to raise the water filled cylinder and added a floating candle. And because we kept our table decorations somewhat minimal for this wedding, we livened up the room with our 3′ diameter artificial greenery chandeliers. Talk about a conversation starter! FYI, this was a room flip of monumental proportions. Kudos to Karen with Posh Events, the staff at Cathedral Oaks and TCP Catering.

Expert Tip: it’s best to leave room flips to coordinators, facility and catering staff–I still get nervous just thinking about it. The ceremony took place in front of the white voile backdrop…which doubled as the backdrop for the bride and groom and their wedding party. I love it when we can get double-duty out of our decor–it saves our client’s money!

photographer: Addison Studios venue: Cathedral Oaks designer: Posh Events florist: Creative Innovations decor rentals: Confetti Rentals

#8. I still love this table we did six years ago! Notice the amount of bling and sparkle on the table–pave napkin ring, vase wraps and the medallions dressed up the pillar candles beautifully. Imagine a room full of these tables–it was magical. And florist Creative Innovations hit just the right note with the tall silver vase filled with baby’s breath!

photographer: Dani Cowan Photographery designer: Chris Cowan of Confetti Rentals and Ginny Swalley of Creative Innovations venue: The Venue, Salado florist: Creative Innovations decor rentals: Confetti Rentals

#9. Holiday wedding centerpieces can be just as simple as these berry branches in water-filled cylinders topped with a floating candle atop our elegant red matte satin table linen. Designer Giselle Callahan did a wonderful job at The Phoenix in Waco.

photographer: Jenna Leigh Photography designer and florist: Giselle Callahan venue: The Phoenix Ballroom decor rentals: Confetti Rentals

#10. This look includes our mercury glass votive candles, champagne mercury glass candlesticks and glass cylinder wood spool with battery operated pillars surrounded by moss, artificial greenery with a deer antler and artificial succulents. I even spy a blush hydrangea in there to match the blush linen!

photographer: Katelyn Kasper designer: Confetti Rentals decor rentals: Confetti Rentals

We hope you found inspiration and at least one idea to borrow! Just remember, if you’ve stolen from us, you’ve stolen twice because we are fortunate enough to work with the most amazing brides, grooms, designers, coordinators, venue operators, florists, caterers and all manner of wedding industry professionals on a daily basis to help create every couple’s perfect day.

Please call us at 254-939-3302 or hit the contact us button–we would love to talk about your event.

*Everything seen in this article and on our web site can be found (and rented for your wedding) at Confetti Rentals, 2802 Capitol Way in Belton, right here in Central Texas. If you are a vendor and did not receive credit, it’s an oversight, please contact us and let us know. It’s important to us that we let everyone see your amazing work so they can contact you!

By CeCei Cowan

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