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Wedding Decor with Candles

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Celebrating with Candles

Here are beautiful ways to make your wedding glow

“Candlelight creates a glow that isn’t harsh,” says Tamra Sanford, owner of Ever Swoon. “It makes for a warm, romantic and intimate environment.” Wedding planners and designers alike love working with candles within their wedding decor. Why? They are romantic, they are dramatic, and they always make a setting look better. There is never a time when candles don’t add to the romantic flair of a wedding. And there are so many types of candles to choose from too. Teeny-tiny votives, broad-based pillars, and thin-as-a-rail tapers each make a different statement. TWIRL TIP: Before finalizing a candle-focused centerpiece or design element, check with the venue that there aren’t any open flame rules that you must follow.

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A WHALE OF A GLOW

With tables this fabulous, guests might not even look up to notice the iconic blue whale that hangs from above. Photo by Brian Dorsey Studios. Wedding planning and design by Fête at the American Museum of Natural History.

HURRICANES & PETALS

Always a nice combo, candles in hurricanes and flower petals line the edges of the aisle to make a subtle statement that is romantic for the ceremony. Photo by Tanya Tribble. Design by Renny and Reed at a private residence.

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FLOATING TEA LIGHTS

Candles that float with florals underneath them in the water are modern, while low votives and loose petals sprinkled throughout add to the glow. Photo by Craig Paulson Photography, wedding planning by Joseph Todd Events, design by David Beam Designs www.davidbeahm.com at the Four Seasons.

TALL SLENDER TAPERS + SMALL STOUT VOTIVES = LIGHTING PERFECTION

With a fireplace as another lighting element in the background, the varied sized candles on these tables create the perfect juxtaposition of high, low and side natural light. Photo by James Christianson Photography. Wedding planning and design by Cristina Verger Event Planning & Production at The Bowery Hotel.

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THE MORE THE MERRIER

Candles in multiples is dramtic, without being over-the-top.“My design motto is always: More candles!” TINSEL & TWINE’s Erica Taylor tells Twirl New York. Photo by Chellise Michael Photography. Wedding planning and design by TINSEL & TWINE, at Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel.

HANGING FROM THE TREES

For those tired of the standard hurricanes and votives, try hanging the candles from trees for a unique and special statement. Photo by Brian Dorsey Studios. Design by Quatre Coeur at Guastavino’s.

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