Candles as Wedding Favors

Pine Cone CandlesCandles are a very popular choice for wedding favors because they are so useful and fun that your guests are sure to appreciate them. The best part of choosing candles to give to your guests as a gift is that there are literally hundreds of great variations to fit your theme and the time of year when your wedding is taking place. By coupling the design of the candle you give to your guests with the season, you are encouraging its use in the near future rather than letting it get shelved for a period of time.

There are other great reasons to go with a candle such as the symbolism they provide. When your guests light the candle at home, it symbolizes your ever-burning love for each other. They can also be useful at the reception itself because it can allow you to use sparklers as wedding favors since they are easiest to light that way. Below, you will find some fun candle wedding favor ideas for each season to help you decide what will work best for your purposes.

Spring Wedding Candles

Bird-shaped tea light candles are a great option for a spring wedding favor because it symbolizes the returning of the birds after a long and cold winter. This message of rebirth is the perfect thing for a wedding where you and your significant other are joining to begin your lives together. Beyond the symbolism, birds are beautiful and blend into nearly any wedding theme and will delight your guests whether they are lit or left unlit as a display item.

Summer Wedding Candles

One of the most popular types of weddings to have in the summer is a beach wedding, so reflecting that theme in your choice of candles is a perfect match. The two most popular choices for summer-themed candles to give as wedding favors are either seashell shaped candles or palm tree shaped candles. If you have trouble deciding which to opt for, you can always choose a mix to add some variety for your wedding reception guests. Since wedding favors usually dress up your reception tables, having a little variety in your candle selections will also make your wedding look a bit nicer.

Fall Wedding Candles

Autumn features some of the most vibrant sights, smells, and colors of the year as the season changes and the leaves begin to fall. Anyone who has ever attended a fall wedding knows just how beautiful the natural landscapes can be, so incorporating that beauty into your wedding favors is crucial. Popular candle choices for a fall wedding include leaf shaped candles and pine cone shaped candles; both of which reflect the changing seasons that both the bride and groom are approaching in their lives.

Winter Wedding Candles

Ah, winter weddings. Nothing conveys more of a delicate and timeless feel than the silence found on a snow-covered winter day. Candles are a particularly good choice as wedding favors for a winter wedding because it is the most common time of year for people to light them. Candles are a great way to add extra warmth to a home when it’s chilly outside, and they often fill a home with sweet aromas and feelings of joy. Popular choices for winter wedding candles are snowflake shaped candles, pine tree shaped candles, and snowman shaped candles.

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5 Basic Reception Table Decoration Tips

Edible ArrangementsRegardless of what type or theme you are aiming for at your wedding reception, table decorations are certain to play a major role in the overall look. The point of having decorations on your reception tables is to engage your guests and bring them into the event by making them part of the celebration. Without the table decorations, they would look bare and out of place in the midst of all the other items that adorn your reception hall. Making your tables look both festive and inviting is essential to bringing the entire event together, and sometimes you can even have your table decorations double as wedding favors. We will look at 5 basic reception table decoration tips that should help give you some ideas that will hopefully lead to the decorations of your dreams.

Follow Your Wedding Theme

Most of the time, a bride will come up with an over-arching theme that they want to be reflected in their wedding decorations. By considering the basic theme and colors you will be using for the rest of your decorations, you can get some guidance to help you select you table decorations.

Keep Your Design Elemental

Keeping your decorations simple is a great way to make your guests interested. Sticking with the basic elements such as fire, water, and earth is a great way to keep things as simple as possible. Candles, flowers, and items that float are all great choices for basic centerpieces that stay within this theme.

Disposable Cameras

Though most people have cameras on their phones or will be bringing a quality digital camera along to the reception to get high quality photos, you may want to have a certain amount of the photos stay at the hall. Disposable cameras are a great way to do this, and are also a fun “throwback” item your guests will appreciate. Basically, you leave a disposable camera on each table, your guests use up all the shots, and you can drop them off at the photo shack to develop the candid memories your guests creatively gathered for you.

Use a Variety of Vases

Variety is the spice of life, so why not have that represented when starting yours with the person you love? Rather than having the same size and colors for all your vases and centerpieces that you put on your reception tables, change things up to present a more dynamic look. Having different heights for your vases will create an abstract look that your guests will enjoy much more than staying uniform across the entire board.

Use Edible Table Arrangements

People enjoy looking at beautiful pieces of art, but it only gets better if you are also able to eat them! Edible arrangements are essentially what they sound like; groupings of items that look fantastic sitting on a table that your guests can also enjoy eating. These types of table decorations have really grown in popularity in recent years, and there are several different varieties from which to choose.

Fruit arrangements are one of the most popular choices, and are also one of the more health-smart options out there. The only thing to keep in mind with fruit is that it can look unappealing after a period of time, so you want to make sure it’s fresh. Also, not all types of fruit will work for a table arrangement, so make sure you consult someone who knows what they are talking about.

The other top choice for edible arrangements is to make them out of candy. Candy has the benefit of staying good for a very long time, but it also comes in a virtually unlimited amount of shape, size, and color options to give the designer a virtually unlimited spectrum. The downside is that candy is very unhealthy, and guests with health issues such as diabetes may not be able to indulge in the feast that is your edible arrangements.

Simple Table Decorations

Simple Table DecorationsDecorating your reception tables is a great way to make the entire room give off the vibe and portray the theme you want your guests to enjoy. However, while it may seem as simple as putting on some tablecloths and adding a few items straight out of the box, making your reception tables look both beautiful and elegant can be more challenging than you might expect. Fortunately, there are tons of simple table decorations that can take your reception tables from drab to fab without very much effort or money.

Below, I have made a list of some of my favorite table decorations to help give you ideas. Remember, table decorations go way beyond just putting centerpieces on your table and calling it good, you need to put some thought into the process and have the various decorations combine to make something unique and memorable for you and your guests to be completely immersed into the event.

Gem Scatters

Many people are familiar with dragon tears, and gem scatters are pretty much the same concept. There are several different shapes available including the classic round bead shapes, pearls, diamonds, jewels, and even sphere shapes in a whole plethora of colors to accent any design. Gem scatters work best when they are placed directly on the tablecloth around the base of the centerpieces, but they also look great in the centerpiece’s vase itself. This can also add some weight to the tablecloth or centerpieces, which can be vital if your reception is outdoors and wind is a possible factor.

Rose Petals

Rose petals are another one of those items that immediately make you think of romance, so why not sprinkle a few on your tables? Rose petals are available in both organic and synthetic varieties, plus they have the huge advantage of being available in virtually any color you can imagine. You can even fin your rose petals in two-tone color schemes such as yellow with a red accent or whatever other variation you like. You can use these in the same way you use gem scatters as an accent to the base of your centerpieces, but they look the best when you use a combination of the two table decorations.

Tea Light Holders

Tea lights are a great way to add ambiance to your wedding reception by placing some small votive candles in each to create some elegant mood lighting. However, many of the traditional tea light holders you see will be metallic or very style neutral, which can be a drag on your other color palettes that are spread throughout your reception space. Fortunately, you can get gall tea light holders that are made from glass in virtually any color you can think of including pink, red, purple, green, blue, and pretty much any other color your color scheme calls for. Tea light holders can work great as a standalone centerpiece, but they also look great when you alternate between your fancy centerpieces and the elegant teat light holders. This technique also breaks up any monotony that your other table decorations may be creating, and choosing a bold color for your tea light holders can create a dramatic effect as your votive candles are flickering.