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Ways to Use Candles for a Special Evening Wedding

Candles are beautiful and can be used as more than just the centerpiece to your reception tables. Consider alternative ways to bring in the soft, warm light of candles.

  • Use in a long ling of lanterns or hurricane lamps behind the officiant.
  • Hang from lanterns or shepherd hooks versus on candlesticks.
  • Have the rows of guests hold candles to light a darkened church.
  • Have your wedding party walk down the aisle holding candles.
  • Release candles up into the sky using paper lanterns.
  • Have the aisle lined with glasses vessels of varying shapes and sizes holding floating candles.
  • Have large candles arranged into hearts or initials on the lawn outside of the reception tents.
  • Have patterns of tealights swirling elaborate patters on either side of the altar.

Other beautiful ideas we are more familiar with exclusively using floating candles, having rows of candles of different heights as the only lighting and only decoration, and using candles in chandliers.

Consider using beeswax candles for their quality and slow evaporation as well as their pleasant smell.

Always check the quality of the wicks as some smolder and soot worse than others.

Btw, have you thought of having it “snow” as you walk back up the aisle? Wouldn’t that be dazzling?

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The author: Dawn Van Ness

Dawn Dickson Van Ness grew up at the beach and has published her work in print and online. With a BA in English and a MS in Mass Communications, she has used writing and multimedia to promote artists, art shows, writers, small businesses, and other self-employed individuals by building websites and maintaining social media pages. She feels most fulfilled when she is helping others achieve their dreams, which includes writing self-help and steps-to-success articles for various websites. It seems a natural fit for this wife and mother of two to write features that help soon-to-be wed couples. For more about Dawn, go to

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