(Closed) Fear of candles

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think if the candles are in hurricane vases accidents are very unlikely!

This is my favourite pic of a candle lined aisle!

Post # 4
3 posts

Your concerns are definitely reasonable.  A lot depends upon the venue and guests – aisle width, fluffiness of gown (and fabric used!), number of guests, if there will be small children there, any mobility impaired guests, etc. are all considerations.

It might not be quite the same look as a candle in clear glass, but you could try some higher quality flameless candles.  Some of them are fairly realistic, but they can be a bit pricy.  Since there were going to be small children at a friend’s wedding last fall (indoor wedding, small venue, tight space), we used a flameless alternative.  We took a nice parchment-like paper, used a computer to print a rectangle for cutting lines and added a simple design (you could use hearts or a monogram).  We then cut them out and taped the edges together to make cylinders for placing over battery-operated votives which were purchased at Costco.  They came out well.  Unless you peeked into the paper sleeve, you couldn’t tell the difference.  The best part was that we didn’t have to have any worries about fire or curious little fingers getting burnt.  And, I have to say, they looked *great* in her pictures!

Post # 5
42 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with Bridealicious. We wanted candles too but I was also afraid of something catching on fire, so we opted for flameless candles. We purchased candle holder hanging candeliers and are handing them from stancions with the flameless candles in them. That way it will still look pretty but no worries about anything catching fire if tipped over. 

Post # 6
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

A friend of mine had her veil catch fire during the ceremony from a candle…  Not such a good thing, but luckily she didn’t freak out.  So after all that, I’m definitely thinking that flameless candless are the way to go in any context where something the bride is wearing might catch fire!

Post # 7
476 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We’re having a candle lined aisle, but our candles are attached to the pews so I won’t need to worry about anyone knocking them over, or if they do, they have a long way to fall and put themselves out.

Something to consider if you’re afraid of fire is floating candles.  Then the biggest concern would be water.  And I don’t think it would look bad moving them with the guest there as long as you’re not blowing them all out in front of them.  But wouldn’t you need to move the chairs as well?

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