(Closed) Fake or real tea lights?

posted 6 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Real or Fake tea lights in the jam jars?
    Real : (17 votes)
    68 %
    Fake : (3 votes)
    12 %
    Flickering Fake : (5 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Real, no question! But if you are worried about a possible fire hazard, flickering fake might be the way to go. Some venues don’t allow real candles due to fire hazards, right? Best of luck, love your arrangement.

    Post # 4
    34 posts
    • Wedding: November 2012

    i think the real will look great

    Post # 5
    46264 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    If you are allowed to use real, use real. It will be quite safe down inside the  jar.

    If not, the flickering fakes look fine.

    In a small jar like that I would use smaller pebbles so the tealight can be nestled down into the pebbles rather than sitting so exposed on the top.

    Post # 6
    9627 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I love your centerpieces, I’m going for the same look with fresh flowers and jars.  I would go with the real tea lights if your venue will allow it.  If not, nothing wrong with using the flickering fake ones.

    Post # 7
    5977 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I had 30 tables with 5 tealights on each, and my vendor actually thought that it was going to make the room way too hot. So I got the fake flicker ones and no one noticed! So my vote went to fake flicker!

    Post # 8
    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Our venue doesn’t allow real candles, so we are going with fake.  I also understand your concern with real, because my Fiance would most likely end up playing with the real ones, so i can only imagine what all the other guys would do…  

    I don’t know that flickering is worth it if they are already fake too. 

    Let me know if you find good fake ones, i’m on the look out right now!

    Post # 10
    5657 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    The flickering fake ones look pretty real nowadays. I went with real ones since I think they’re nicer and much cheaper, but go with the fake ones if you feel better about that!

    We even had paper flowers and had no accidental fires or anything 😛 The tea lights were safely apart from our centerpieces.

    Post # 11
    748 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I voted for the fake flickering tealights. A cousin of my fiance used them at her wedding and I did not even notice until afterwards when she offered to let us use them for our wedding. I prefer fake ones for a few reasons though. With real tealights you run the risk of them going out or being knocked over and causing some damage (unlikely..but still). I’m mostly concerned about them going out and that’s why I’m going with flickering fake ones.

    Also, I really like your centerpieces! The flowers are pretty! I’m going to do a wildflower mix that I hope to have look kind of like that so thanks for some inspiration! 🙂

    Post # 13
    5977 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @Mudonthetires: So, I got married 5 years ago, but at the time Bed Bath and Beyond had them! I also had frosted tealight holders, so it helped to mask the fact that they were fake! 

    Post # 14
    9627 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @lunathea:  Awesome bargain!  I’m hoping I can get my flowers from a local market and arrange them all myself.  My flower budget is only a couple hundred dollars, if that, but we’re having a small garden wedding, so not a lot will be needed.  I’ll probably go with whatever is in season to save money, but I like calla lilies a lot, I wonder what their season is, lol.

    Post # 15
    7174 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    Something to note with real tealights – they don’t last very long.  The handful of tea lights I used for my reception ended up going out after 3 or so hours.  Because of this, we went with bigger votive candles on the tables.  I’d suggest doing a burn test, if the package doesn’t state.

    My vote is always for real, if you can use it.  there is something magical about real light, IMO. But, keep in mind the burn time.

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