(Closed) Candles at the reception

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
9950 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @Michelle_anne_jackson:  I see you are new here… so first and foremost… a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”

Many venues these days won’t even allow REAL Candles…

And YES candles overheating can be an issue

Which is WHY I think there is such a big movement towards battery operated tealights / candles…

They are reliable, don’t require anyone “babysitting” them and are super safe.

Personally, that is the way I’d go.

Hope this helps (somewhat)


Post # 4
47 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011


Hello!, Just as general information, a glass can crack ONLY when it´s exposed to sudden and extreme changes of temperature. For example, when a glass is really REALLY hot and all of sudden you immerse it into iced water.

Other than that, it has no reason to crack. I´ve never heard of glass votive holders cracking or about someone having to blow up the votives after a certain time at any event. The glass gets pretty hot, though, but it doesn´t crack (otherwise, they wouldn´t sell glass votive holders at the stores). Just make sure the glass holders are placed on something that doesn´t melt down -don´t put them directly on the table cloths because it can leave a round burnt mark-. Other than that, I´m sure you won´t have any problems. If it makes you feel more certain, you can do a test at home. Just lit one of the candles in the glass holder and leave it like that as long as it lasts. You´ll see it doesn´t crack! =)  Enjoy your wedding.


Post # 5
1357 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I had no trouble at all. For half my centerpieces, I bought pillar candles and put them in thrift store glassware with acorns as a filler, then clustered them together. The pillar candles I used were already in their own little glass containers, which I liked because I wouldn’t have to worry about them burning down and setting the acorns on fire.


One thing I would recommend testing is how long the candles last. I burned one down as a test to make sure they’d last at least 6 hours.


With and without flash:

Post # 6
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t think you’re going to have a problem. I wouldn’t stress over this….I think the sales lady is a tad overcautious.

Post # 7
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You can buy battery-powered tea lights and other shapes of candles that don’t have an open flame. 6 for $4 on Amazon (sign up for amazon prime to get free shipping on most items and cancel before your trial month is over if they’re doing a first month free promo). Put them in a frosted votive and no one will know they’re not a flame candle.

Post # 8
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I burn candles very often at home, in all types of vases, containers & candle holders. I’ve never had a single one crack or shatter.

The only way I can see this happening is if there is a drastic change in temperature [as pp stated], or the glass is extremely thin.

If you are wanting to get led lights, you can get tealights pretty cheap. I think I got 60 for $35 and they came with batteries!

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