23 Candle Centerpieces That Will Light Up Your Reception
There's just something about candle wedding centerpieces: They're timeless and classic but can easily be revamped to fit any big-day style. From pillars and tapers to votives and tea lights (in all sizes and colors!), the right candles can help enhance your tables' overall aesthetic. (A candelabra creates a traditional look while an abstract vessel is inherently modern, for example.) Beyond their décor purposes, candles can lend a signature scent to your reception, too, if you choose fragranced options—something your guests will surely appreciate. Ultimately, a candle centerpiece can set the tone for a tranquil evening through scent or aesthetics.
Candles don't need to be over-the-top or even your tabletop's focal point to make a statement, either. They can have a major impact as a smaller element of a larger, more nuanced display, like the one here by BCG Events: Floating candles were placed in, above, and around this floral and greenery-filled arrangement, adding to the overall romantic feel of the celebration.
We can understand why you'd want to recreate this scene. Just picture it: Imagine how pretty your reception space, filled with all of the people you love most in the world, would look lit up by soft candlelight. To help you make this wedding trend you're own, we've rounded up some of our favorite candle centerpiece ideas, from arrangements that include a candle or two to displays that are all about this alternative lighting option. No matter your event theme or style, you can never go wrong with a candle centerpiece.
Unexpected design pairings can make a table setting unique. Flowers Living proved this by placing round taupe pillars into a cube display case. The pastel color palette made the various elements feel cohesive.
Tall centerpieces can add an elegant feel to any tablescape—just make yours aren't obstructing your guests' views. Details Darling placed thin candles into elongated transparent displays to help attendees converse freely.
Artsy candle holders make simple tapers more visually interesting. Claudia Gonzalez of Endlessly Lush gave this all-white reception table some edge with uniquely-shaped monochrome vessels.
Balanced and Bold
Regal and Charming
These tall black tapers—Storied Events housed them in glass hurricanes—exemplify how a gothic aesthetic can feel regal and charming.
Take your candle centerpieces to new heights by suspending them above—in addition to placing them on top of—your tabletop. Katelyn Pinner Studio did just that with this overhead installation, which featured a mix of eucalyptus, hydrangea, and tulips topped with lit candles. The makeshift chandelier spoke to the matching display on the table below.
Looking to maximize the candlelight on your tabletops? Make like Federica Beni, who marked each place setting with its own taper.
Besides looking good, candle centerpieces can be functional, too. Note how Ruffles & Tweed used pillar candles to support this rose gold table number.
We love how these sapphire-hued candles play into the rest of this Kindle & Gather tabletop's jewel tones (note the emerald napkins and ruby carnations).
Color blocking is a design trend sweeping the bridal world—the motif is executed here, on this tablescape. The tablecloth and centerpiece vessels were all one shade of peach, which made a burnt orange candle from Yummi Candles pop.
Dynamic and Dramatic
If your centerpieces' color palette speaks to the seasonality of your event, work in candles that reinforce the shades. The lit accents on this tabletop highlighted the Meesterlijk Groen arrangements' springy hues.
Planning an evening reception? Candle centerpieces can be a great source of romantic lighting. Each place setting at this banquet table by Bouquets and Bows featured a tall, white taper, which created an intimate ambience.
These woodsy dinner tables (perfect for this couple's barn reception!) were set with flowers and hundreds of glowing candles by Jennifer Laraia Designs. The result? An "enchanted forest" look—the bride's exact intention.