(Closed) what to do if a floating candle centerpiece burns out?

posted 9 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
1294 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Candles burn out at all weddings unless you buy bigger candles.  Think of the votive lights.  They always burn out before the party is over.  As long as they are lit for the OOHS and AAAHHSS at the beginning of the reception than you are fine.  

Post # 4
30393 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you are worried about it and would rather have them replaced if they burn out, leave a few extra with the venue staff and ask them to replace candles as they burn out.

Post # 5
20 posts
  • Wedding: February 2014

I also am doing a floating candle centereice, and worried about the candle burning out, ny solution was to buy submergable led lights and put them at the bottom covered with gems/marbles, that way there is still on OOOH factor and light after the candles go out!

Post # 6
6 posts

I would buy in bulk so if they do burn out you have options and can just light a few. Otherwise I’d say find ones that will last through you entire event. I go here for mine:


Go for the medium or up since they’re about 6.5-7 hour burn times. Have someone (or staff) go in and light them during your ceremony so when you’re walking in to the reception they’re ready.

Post # 7
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I have some experience with this type of centerpiece based on my previous job and what I noticed to be more of a problem than burning out, is the water put them out.  As guests took their seats, if they knocked the table, water would splash up and blow the candle out.  This would happen before the reception really even started.  Servers would go and relight them, but there’s a point where it becomes obnoxious for the guests to have their candle relit everytime it goes out.  I still did a version on this for our low centerpieces knowing this would happen, I didn’t care that much.  We had led’s at the bottom (our’s were cylinders though).  


Post # 8
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

If you keep candles in the freezer, they burn longer. With these, there’s no way to say definitively HOW MUCH longer, but an idea. I agree that people bumping the table and splashing water is more likely to be the culprit here. All you can do is leave a lighter on the table and hope the guests relight them for you!

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