Post # 1
I’m using 12 ft long rectangular tables for the reception and am having a tough time deciding how many candles I need for a romantic candle-lit look. There have been some threads on this topic but they didn’t get much traction so I’m giving it another try.
We plan on having a long, low centerpiece in the center of the table thats about 2 feet long with a long runner of moss down the length of the table. Right now I’m planning 8 taper candles and 6 votives per table, so 4 tapers and 3 votives on each side of the centerpiece. We will be doing a family style dinner so I also need to leave space for plates to be set among the moss. Do you think that’s enough candles or should I add more?
Post # 2
We had 6 foot tabled with greenery runners (eucalyptus, salal ruscus etc) so we had 2 – 6 inch tall pillars and 3 votives per table. 🙂
I planned to have a lot more, since we were doing buffet dinner and didnt need to set the plates out… but Im SO glad we set up all the plates, knapkins, cutlery, water glasses, and wine glasses and realized WOAH all the space was gone! Have a plan, and prepare to adjust 🙂
Post # 3
viridianx: Do a mockup on your kitchen floor. It really helps you visualize the space available after you fill up the table with your place settings.
Post # 4
We’re having 8 ft long tables. Two of them are going to be pushed together so we can sit with both of our immediate families. The other two are going to be separate.
I am thinking of doing 4-5 votive candle holders on each table, two small mason jar vase centerpieces (that will also be the aisle decoration that we move over to the table when we’re done), and some polaroids of our baby/childhood pictures just kind of sprinkled along the center of the table. I’m hoping it won’t crowd the table too much. We are doing buffet style too.
Post # 5
Thanks! Idk why I didn’t think of doing a mock up. Such a simple yet brilliant idea! I just did it and am fine with what I have. I was picturing the 12 ft tables longer in my head. They are long but not THAT long. Makes me think with a runner of fresh moss, I may not need many flowers on the table.
Post # 6
Here are our long tables during set up… iPhone pics from our coordinator.
it ended up being about four candles per 6ft segment.
Post # 7
viridianx: If you want to have some flowers, you can place them individually into florist tubes with water and just tuck them here and there into the moss.