Post # 1
I am thrilled that I am having my reception in a historic arts and crafts 1914 bungalow style building. The bummer is that a fire permit is difficult to acquire and candles are not permitted.
Previous brides have used the battery operated votives but that’s not my taste.
The overall theme is 1930’s Great Depression Carnival (trust me it’s happy not sad!).
Besides flameless-made-in-china plastic candles, can anyone give me some ideas?
I’ve thought about putting inexpensive small vintage goodwill/shabby chic lamps on the tables to make it look like Paris in the 1930’s but have no idea how we’d do the wiring as tables are going to be all in vertical rows.
Any ideas? I’m on a small small budget adn getting a little nuts to be fair.
Paper lanterns are out as I can’t afford the men to do the hanging/wiring.
Post # 3
What about flameless in luminaries or frosted candle holders? Then you wouldn’t be able to tell they are flameless?
Post # 4
Your venue sounds awesome! I love arts and crafts bungalows! Where is it?
There are actually some nice flameless candles out there. Do a google search.
Post # 5
Why not battery operated lamps? Does such a thing exist?
Post # 6
What about throwies? They are little LED lights you could use to illuminate things. They are not nice looking but if you put them in a tall covered vase/candle holder you cant really tell. My venue wouldnt allow open flame on the stairs (there was a cool grand staircase) and I really wanted to put candles there so it was illuminated all pretty when people walked up it, so I bought like 7″ tall vases from the dollar tree store, wrapped them with lace and put throwies inside, looked the same as a candle illuminating through the lace since you really couldnt see inside the vase with the covering.
Post # 7
@Theresa90405: those top ones are awesome! where are they from?
Post # 8
What about intertwining white christmas lights with ivy? You could do the big opaque lights they sell at christmas time, but those would have to be plugged in.
Post # 9
Why not just choose beautiful decor that doesn’t involve candles? Seems much easier.
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Post # 11
Wowsa! You guys are super fast! Thank you so much for the images and ideas!
So my goal of having candles was to make the lighting more affordable, more intimate, and more appropriate for the style of the wedding and match with the building. I had planned on buying candles at Goodwill and putting them in glass jars.
I’d like to avoid buying lights made in China that I’ll have to resell later. Buying made in China x-mas lights I’m not as opposed to b/c we could use them again at other events or pass along to family members, plus easy to store (I’m in L.A. with limited storage space).
Attached are some images of the location space – It is the 20th Century Women’s Club in Eagle Rock (Los Angeles – towards Pasadena). There is a main room w/a stage but I forgot to photograph it (duh!).
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Post # 12
I’m attaching 2 images with the hopes that someone can identify the correct name for this type of stringed lights. I think my venue will allow these and it might add to the vintage theme.
Post # 14
Here are flameless candles that actually look good: http://long-e.net/1/post/2010/12/best-flameless-candle.html
You can also rent those cafe lamps with either battery lamps or flameless candles from table decor: http://www.tabledecor.com/
Post # 15
@long-e.net: Thank you so much for your post. I really want to try to do small lamps w/shades to give a more “vintage speakeasy” kind of feel. I will show these to my sisters and see what they say! 🙂 Awesome advice, thank yoU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Post # 16
My fiance found these great white candles that had a remote to turn on the “fake” candle! It looked like a real candle and when you turned it on, it looked like a real candle. Im not sure where he found these at, or how much they were, but I didnt know they were fake until he told me! Hope this helps!!