(Closed) How many candles on table to create romantic ambient lighting?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I used votives for my tables.  I had small round ones on long tables.  We used appoximately 20 on each table.  Depending on how candle-y you want it, I’d shoot for 10-15 on the rounds.

Post # 5
1135 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

What about using taller candles or candle holders? That way the light is either at or above the level of the flowers. Low candle light will be blocked by the centerpieces. I saw an idea with floating candles in dinner glasses instead of pricy vases! Glasses of all sizes would give you a different array, maybe some floating, some on the bottom. The light would have levels then too.

Post # 6
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

That’s a good question.  I only have 3 candles/round table…guess I need to get more. >.>”

Post # 7
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

I used 3 on each round table and there were xmas lights around the perimeter of the tent.  It worked pretty well 🙂

Though, maybe we had overhead spotlight lights? I’m bad.. I was too busy to notice!

Post # 9
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I have often wondered this. Can the venue coordinator make some sort of recommendation? I mean, surely they’ve had others use candles in the past.

I just know that when my house is dark and I’ve got a few candles lit, the light does NOT go far.

What about mirrors underneath the candles? I’ve heard that can help magnify the light as well.

Post # 10
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

What about for outdoor seating? 

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