- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
Hi fellow bees,
My wedding was a few weeks ago, and I wanted to pass on a recommendation for a particular brand/source of LED tealights.
Before my wedding, I was concerned about 1) price; 2) realistic flickering; 3) realistic color; and 4) strong enough light. I read many posts here from bees who had purchased their lights from company X, but not so many after-the-fact posts attesting to the quality of the lights…which is why I’m writing such a post now!
I got my tealights from oriental trading (“White Battery-Operated Tealight Candles”; link is below). There were cheaper ones out there, but not all were reviewed and the OT ones had mostly good reviews. These tealights do flicker (which isn’t specified in their description) and I thought they had a more realistic flicker than did the ones I’d initially gotten at Walgreens to play around with. Also, the color was fine, and they were sufficently bright.
Instead of regular candle holders, we wrapped each tealight with a rectangle of ivory ‘handmade’ paper, secured with clear tape. Super easy, super simple. Did they look like real candles? Not exactly. Were they pretty and sufficiently suggestive of real candles? Definitely. The tables looked good. Probably most guests didn’t really think about the candles and whether or not they were real (I was a bit obsessed over this right before the wedding…it’s funny what we start to worry about!)
The coolest part was that during our last dance, the DJ asked all the remaining guests each to grab a ‘candle’ and gather around us to dance (kinda like the lighter-at-a-rock-concert thing). Of course, with our group of friends, my groom and I ended up with a bunch of candles balanced on our heads and shoulders, and candles stuffed into shirt pockets and the back of my dress! It was touching, and fun, and could never have been done with real candles.
So, to anyone out there still debating over LED vs. real candles, or wondering which LED candles to get, these worked great.
Here’s the link to the lights: http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/browse/processRequest.do?demandPrefix=12&sku=91/5004&mode=Searching&erec=1&D=battery-operated&Ntx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&Ntk=all&requestURI=processProductsCatalog&N=0&Ntt=battery-operated&Dx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&sd=White+Battery-Operated+Tealight+Candles