(Closed) Not allowed to use candle votives: what should I do?

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
378 posts
Helper bee

We had the same restriction and we found some really cool hurricane lamps to go around the open flame. I’ll ask my dad where he ended up getting them online.

Post # 5
71 posts
Worker bee

why not just use those tall votives that look like skinny water glasses? they look cooool.

Post # 9
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I ordered a big pile of them from batteryoperatedcandles.net, because my venue actually doesn’t allow candles at all, outside of the dinner tables.  The battery really does last over 120 hours, but beware…the lights get a lot dimmer after, say, the first 8 hours, and they don’t start out quite as bright as a real candle, either.  Pricey in small quantities, but not bad in bulk.

Other pros: flicker realistically, color is good, no melty wax, don’t have to run around lighting them just before the reception or replace them during dinner, you can keep them in sealed containers, cause hey!  they don’t need oxygen, and they won’t set anything on fire, so you can put them as close to your other decor as you like (no melted centerpieces).  May be able to hand down to another bride or use for other occasions after you’re done.

Cons: as noted, not incredibly bright, look best when placed in a frosted container cause the flame…well, isn’t real and doesn’t look real, and all those little lithium batteries are probably not that great for the environment.  Floating them, probably not a good idea.

Overall happy with my purchase and will be enlisting helpers to turn them on and put them everywhere! 

Post # 10
33 posts

Have an Ikea nearby?  Use the Ikea Svalka glasses and a tea light!  Tea lights are only 1/2" high and these glasses are 4" tall. Bonus? They’re cheap at 6 for $5.00 and tealights are less than votives!

 Hope this helps!

Post # 11
109 posts
Blushing bee

I would use the old school jam jars and then wrap them with nice ribbon. you could even connect them around the room and they look like big, bright fireflies. great for country settings.

Post # 12
71 posts
Worker bee

i’m sorry. i have no clue. my friend used them at her wedding. i can ask for you.  🙂

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