The Truth About Candles

Here are some things I have learned while planning out the decor for my wedding–which by the way–is next month!

True: Decorating your wedding and reception with flowers can get very expensive.

True: Non-floral centerpieces can be an excellent and cheaper option.

Untrue: Candles are always a much cheaper way to decorate.

Now let me explain this last nugget of wisdom…the “untrue” part.  So, if you’re talking about using say, eh, three, four–even ten VOTIVE candles to decorate your tables–well then candles could be a significantly cheaper way to decorate.

But when you’re talking about using candles in mass to make a striking and dramatic impact–which in my opinion is the only way to do it–let me tell you it is not cheap.  In fact, depending on how much of a bargain seeker you are or are not–candles could end up costing you about the same as floral.

I’m talking pillar candles here, however. Not just your small votives or tea-light holders. And pillars aint cheap!  Add to the cost of the pillars the cost of glass vases to place them in (you’ll normally need this for safety plus the light reflecting on the glass is gawgeous) and you are talking some serious cash.

Now, I love flowers–don’t get me wrong.  That’s why no matter how much candlelight we have we will have fresh flowers–and a nice amount– on our tables.

But something about the idea of a completely or almost completely candlelit space just intrigues me and seems that it would have so much impact.

I had my little heart set on creating something like the above photo, but after doing the math and figuring well above a thousand dollars for all the pillars and vases I would need to make impact, I began to back down from the idea…UNTIL I met Sarah, who is getting married a few weeks before me in Cleveland and who is having a basically flowerless reception with lots of candles. Try like 500 candles with corresponding glass vases. And guess what? She is so gracious as to be willing to pass them on to me for a fair price! Actually, she found me through this blog! 

So looks like I may be able to make this happen after all!

So question, because this is one of fiance’s concerns. Can you ever have TOO MANY candles in a space?

July 7, 2008. candles, centerpiece, decorations, details, inspiration. 7 comments.

The Power of Candlelight

I won’t blog in full about the beautiful, vintage wedding of Knottie 99 Vintage Glam, as it has splashed through the blog world!
But I WILL say that her budget wedding (under $15,000) according to Snippet&Ink, has further convinced me of something I’ve already known…candles go a LONG way and, in my opinion, give more bang for your buck than flowers ever can. Unless, that is, you are using someone crazy like Preston Bailey or working with an outrageous budget.
But for any bride really seeking an intimate and dually dramatic look, candles are the way to go.
This is great news especially for budget brides!

Tonight I am basking in the candlelight of some of the pillar candles I have purchased for our wedding…and certainly planning on buying many more:)

my hodge podge of after-work candles!

convincing me more and more

to cut my floral bill!!

March 31, 2008. candles, centerpiece, inspiration. 2 comments.

For those who love Damask….


A Walmart run and a trip to the Dollar Tree landed me these fabulous damask-inspired votive holders and a damask box that I may modify and use as a card box. I’ve seen these same/very similar votive holders elsewhere for like $29.99 for two! Look here! and The votive holders were two in a pack for a buck. Lets just say I cleared the shelves. The box was $4. More on my love affair with damask.


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November 15, 2007. candles, decorations, inspiration. 2 comments.

Free Orchids!!

So, I was having a flower attack today–an uncontrollable feeling I get now and then when I have to get my hands on some fresh flowers. So I broke down and went to the flower stand to buy some more orchids. The guy wanted $15 for 10 stems…and while I know that’s not bad for orchids generally, I have bought them for $10 from another local stand, SO I talked him down to $12. That’s when the FLOWER ANGEL– some random city worker– strolls up and asks who the flowers were for. When I replied they were for me he whispered something to the flower man and told me to put my money “back in my pocket.”
He freakin’ bought me the flowers and then disappeared. I swear. Now you KNOW free orchids made my day!
Here are some photos of one stem I submerged. (I’m considering some sort of sunken orchid centerpiece…)





November 15, 2007. candles, centerpiece, decorations. Leave a comment.

Engagement Soiree!!

Is happening this weekend…
I mean, it’s kind of an engagement-slash-housewarming party as fiancee just got done doing a bunch of home improvements and finally wants to have one.
I hadn’t thought of this ‘party’ as being a big deal. For example,we didn’t invite friends and family from out of town (just because I guess it didn’t occur to us that people would travel for a little party.
But now that I have mentioned it to some of my out of town BMs and friends, I guess maybe I should’ve just invited everyone as a courtesy (some of them seemed to really wanted to come).
Anyways, this week I did start putting some thought into the party and trying to figure out a ‘theme’ or something that wouldn’t be too cheesy.
First I thought we could do the ever-popular summer Luau theme–get tiki torches for the patio & make frozen drinks.
Then I went shopping and figured out that at least in retailers’ minds, summer is done and all that’s available in party stores is Halloween and..yes…Christmas stuff.
Then I went to the Dollar Tree and as usual, came across some fabulous finds.
First, were these Hallmark Collection plates and napkins which I thought were just perfect for an engagement party:


Then I found these $1 a pack rose petals. They are fake. But I’m not splurging on real rose petals for this party.
And these cute square vases/candle holders at $1 each (I’m thinking of going back and buying all the rest from the store)

So after finding these items, it occured to me that maybe I should go with a “Romantic” theme: candles,rose petals, wine, love…after all, it is a celebration of love!
Do you have any ideas of something we can do or incorporate into the engagement party?

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FYI (totally unrelated) the orchids are holding up really well. I don’t think there would be any issue withDIY with them. Here are pics I took of them Tuesday evening (remember they were bought Friday).

September 11, 2007. budget, candles, decorations, planning. Leave a comment.

My flowers are Drownin’: aka.Submerging Flowers


One recent trend in modern floral design that I really think is gorgeous/striking/conversation piece/weird is the water-submerged flower.
Of course, my first thought when imagining myself trying to submerge a flower was, “hey, don’t flowers float?? How will it stay put? Will it die?”
Well… apparently, only some flowers float (like, I think, roses) and submerging flowers in water is actually a trick to “spruce up” wilting flowers, so it seems that many flower types may actually fare BETTER under the H2O. Also, apparently there is a floral glue that will fix a flower stem to the bottom of a vase, or you can wire and tape flower stems and anchor them to the vase bottom with decorative rocks or marbles. A good background and “how-to” article on submerged flowers (“Submerged flowers are a sunken treasure”) can be found here at http://www.mkeonline.com. The story says submerging flowers actually “magnifies them” and suggests placing blooms upside down in the water.
You can also see this thread on IndieBride where one DIY bride created lovely submerged orchids and candles centerpieces. She got all of her materials from the “Dollar Tree” except the orchids.
The trend seemed to have reached Cleveland. One cool flower shop called Fleurs de France has ventured into submerging flowers AND even throwing some floating candles on top. Which leads to my next ingenuous inquiry, “Hey! Won’t the candle flame burn the flowers!”
Here is a photo of the DIY bride’s table I referenced above:

And here are more drowning flowers:

September 6, 2007. candles, centerpiece, decorations, inspiration. Leave a comment.

My flowers are Drownin’: aka.Submerging Flowers


One recent trend in modern floral design that I really think is gorgeous/striking/conversation piece/weird is the water-submerged flower.
Of course, my first thought when imagining myself trying to submerge a flower was, “hey, don’t flowers float?? How will it stay put? Will it die?”
Well… apparently, only some flowers float (like, I think, roses) and submerging flowers in water is actually a trick to “spruce up” wilting flowers, so it seems that many flower types may actually fare BETTER under the H2O. Also, apparently there is a floral glue that will fix a flower stem to the bottom of a vase, or you can wire and tape flower stems and anchor them to the vase bottom with decorative rocks or marbles. A good background and “how-to” article on submerged flowers (“Submerged flowers are a sunken treasure”) can be found here at http://www.mkeonline.com. The story says submerging flowers actually “magnifies them” and suggests placing blooms upside down in the water.
You can also see this thread on IndieBride where one DIY bride created lovely submerged orchids and candles centerpieces. She got all of her materials from the “Dollar Tree” except the orchids.
The trend seemed to have reached Cleveland. One cool flower shop called Fleurs de France has ventured into submerging flowers AND even throwing some floating candles on top. Which leads to my next ingenuous inquiry, “Hey! Won’t the candle flame burn the flowers!”
Here is a photo of the DIY bride’s table I referenced above:

And here are more drowning flowers:

September 6, 2007. candles, centerpiece, decorations, inspiration. Leave a comment.

My flowers are Drownin’: aka.Submerging Flowers


One recent trend in modern floral design that I really think is gorgeous/striking/conversation piece/weird is the water-submerged flower.
Of course, my first thought when imagining myself trying to submerge a flower was, “hey, don’t flowers float?? How will it stay put? Will it die?”
Well… apparently, only some flowers float (like, I think, roses) and submerging flowers in water is actually a trick to “spruce up” wilting flowers, so it seems that many flower types may actually fare BETTER under the H2O. Also, apparently there is a floral glue that will fix a flower stem to the bottom of a vase, or you can wire and tape flower stems and anchor them to the vase bottom with decorative rocks or marbles. A good background and “how-to” article on submerged flowers (“Submerged flowers are a sunken treasure”) can be found here at http://www.mkeonline.com. The story says submerging flowers actually “magnifies them” and suggests placing blooms upside down in the water.
You can also see this thread on IndieBride where one DIY bride created lovely submerged orchids and candles centerpieces. She got all of her materials from the “Dollar Tree” except the orchids.
The trend seemed to have reached Cleveland. One cool flower shop called Fleurs de France has ventured into submerging flowers AND even throwing some floating candles on top. Which leads to my next ingenuous inquiry, “Hey! Won’t the candle flame burn the flowers!”
Here is a photo of the DIY bride’s table I referenced above:

And here are more drowning flowers:

September 6, 2007. candles, centerpiece, decorations, inspiration. 1 comment.

InspirationVolume 1

OK–so this is really cheesy… but please ignore the format and canned music and see some of the images that are inspiring my “vision.”
Ciao-

September 5, 2007. candles, centerpiece, decorations. Leave a comment.

The hanging "votive pole"…


Bet you didn’t think inanimate objects could have personality? Think again. These wrought iron hanging “votive poles” or “vine candles” are literally HOT!
I first saw them at a wedding this summer, then again on a Knottie’s profile. Apparently, you buy them separately and you can purchase these little hooks to hook ’em together! What a cute backdrop. You can see them hanging over sheer drapes below (this from a very chic wedding I went to this summer).

I found these votive poles reasonably priced here.
I also found them here.
Both of those web sites also have a bunch of other funky, diva candles.

August 21, 2007. candles, decorations, inspiration. Leave a comment.

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