Post # 1
So I’m trying to decide what kind of candles to buy for our reception centerpieces. I wanted that multi-height grouped candles look and was thinking I might do 3″ floating candles inside cylinder vases because they are less expensive than 3″ pillar candles (approx $1/e VS $3/e). Either way its wayyy less expensive then renting ($5-$12/e) if you’re planning on having a lot of candles.
Has anyone done this, or looked into it? Are there any other Pros/Cons of the floating candles instead of the pillars?
I think it might actually give off more light to have the floaters, bc then the light will bounce off more clear glass/water. Not sure if I want to put anything below the candles though, maybe some greens/leaves..or nothing. What are you doing with your candles?
Post # 3
I’m doing candles and rose petals as my centerpieces, so I’ve (briefly) looked into the different options. Floating candles in a big bowl take up more space, so you need less other stuff on the table. That’s a major pro, especially if you’re on a budget.
Post # 4
@waitingwonderland: Our florist is just tossing in some tealights in a small vase. It’s not my favorite idea, but it’s complimentary so it’s better than nothing/paying for something extra haha.
Post # 5
I have been trying to figure out this exact thing! I prefer the look of the floating candle in the tall glass cylinder vase ($1 vase from Dollar Tree!) But I’m worried that the floaters wont last long enough. I bought a large one from AC Moore craft store and will check the burn time tomorrow. If you’re interested, I’ll let you know.
In the meantime I’ll be searching for the best price on 3×6 unscented pillar candles.
Post # 6
I had a mix of both….pillars and floating. The pillars are more expensive but you can place them in the cylinder vase (add a dot of hot glue to the bottom to prevent the candle fom falling and getting wax on the inside of the vase) PRIOR to the wedding making set up easy.
The floating candles can give you a variety of heights and they are cheaper…but they will need to be filled with water on site. This may take a bit of time depending on how many vases you have and can be messy. So…it all dpends on your situation. Do you have the time and helpers to do this for you. I hope this helps.
Post # 7
The burn time for the floating candles from AC Moore was over 10 hours in a fairly calm room. They will burn faster if there are overhead fans going.
I found it a little difficult to place the candle into the water-filled vase without splashing some water on top of the candle. The candle tops will need to be carefully dried or set in early enough to allow for air drying before lighting.
The floating candles I bought are individualy packaged and cost $1.29. Diameter 2.9 inches, height 1.6 inches. The box of four at AC Moore are smaller than the individualy wrapped and are $5.
I plan on filling the vases at the sink and transporting to the tables with a rolling service cart. Then using a long-spouted watering can to top them off. Lots of work! They better look good!!