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Floating Candle Centrepieces

Floating Candle Centrepieces

Water and candle light are an incredibly romantic combination, and including floating candles in your wedding décor can add to the atmosphere of your big day. Here are ten top tips on using water candles as beautiful and original wedding decorations.

  Keep it Simple A simple bowl of floating candles makes as exquisite centrepiece, especially for an evening or winter wedding. Find a shallow bowl, so the water candles are the main attraction. This centrepiece has the advantage that guests can easily see and talk over it, unlike many flower arrangements.

Mix Flowers and Candles Try adding extra floating decorations such as flower heads, rose petals, or blossom to your centrepieces. You could also look for silver stars that float, to add sparkle to your arrangements.

Fill your Water Vessel If you fill a tall clear glass vase with water, and float some candles in the top, you can add other objects to the vase to create a beautiful centrepiece. Fruit is a fresh choice, and lemons, limes and cherries work particularly well. You could also add real or glass pebbles or flowers that will keep their shape in water.

Combine Colour and Scent Look for a variety of coloured floating candles to complement your wedding theme, and choose lightly scented candles to gently fragrance your reception. Just be sure the scent from the candles won’t clash with the fragrance of your flowers.

Vary your Candle Height Give your candle arrangements a modern edge by grouping three or more glass vases of different heights and floating candles in each one. If you are having banquet style tables, vases of varying heights can be arranged in a line along the centre of the tables.

Use Water Candles in your Ceremony Don’t restrict your use of floating candles to the reception; a bowl of floating candles on each side of the aisle can add to the atmosphere of your wedding ceremony.

Use Coloured Water If you can’t find floating candles in the right shade for your wedding colour scheme, try floating simple ivory candles in slightly coloured water instead. Food colouring is all you need to create coloured water for giving a new dimension to your wedding decorations.

Float candles on a Fountain, Pool or Pond If you are having an outdoor wedding and your venue has some sort of water feature such as a pond, lake, or fountain, make sure you float some candles on it. Not only will they look stunning once the sun goes down, they might stop your guests from falling in!

Check your Venue’s Candle & Open Flame Policy Always ask your venue before you start buying hundreds of floating candles for your wedding decorations. Some venues don’t allow candles at all for health and safety reasons, but they may be more willing to accommodate floating candles than regular candles as they will go out if they are tipped over.

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DIY Handmade Paper Wrapped Vases

DIY Handmade Paper Wrapped Vases

Plain vases or candle holders can get an easy and inexpensive makeover with just a simple wrap of natural handmade paper. Wrapped paper vases are chic, simple and more importantly entirely inexpensive to make for the DIY bride. You could also use empty cans, tins, jars, bottles….

The great thing about this DIY project is that it doesn’t have to only be used for the wedding! You can reuse these over and over again in your home. They are cost effective enough that you can create a different one for each room in your home if you’d like, as well as use them for your wedding. Not only are the extremely affordable, but they are very quick and easy to make.


Visit your local stationery or craft store and choose your paper – or order extra paper from your wedding stationer to tie in with your invitations or theme. Measure and cut the paper to the right height for your tall, straight-sided glass with a craft blade or scissors. Leave the top edge irregular by cutting it with craft scissors or cut it straight. Thoroughly paint the back of the paper with a nontoxic paper glue (ask the craft store for a suitable glue to use for the paper on the surface its going). Be sure the adhesive goes all the way to the edge. Smooth the paper around the glass vase. Press firmly as you go to remove air bubbles. Let dry before using.

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