Post # 1
Our venue has a beautiful spring water fountain just outside the reception area. I’d like to mimic what couples have done in the past and line the fountain with lots and lots of candles (pic attached).
I’ll probably focus more on using 2"-4" votives inside glass jars than tea lights (afraid they won’t last long enough or withstand evening breezes).
Has anyone found a candle vendor with knock-out prices? Candles can be so expensive!
Post # 3
As long as you don’t need them to be soy or scented, Ikea always has candles for a bargain!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House
Hi Date Twinkie! I asked my DOC this same question because I was concerned that some candles would be of better quality than others, but she said all candles are pretty much the same. I’m not sure where you’re located, but try Target, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or Ikea. Mrs. Green Tea also wrote a post on making tea lights last longer:
Post # 5
I always hear candles4less.com is a good site to purchase candles in bulk. I agree with the other ladies that Ikea can help you as well. I just purchased 100 tea lights for $3.99 or something like that.
Post # 6
I used quickcandles.com to get mine. I haven’t burned them yet, but I’m sure they’ll be fine.
Post # 7
i bought mine from hobby lobby and waited for that 50% off sale. i bought enough to have 4 votives like you described on each table, and lighting other places in the reception hall. I think it was a 24 pack for $5
They lasted for about 7 hours at the reception, I reused them for another 3 hours at my second reception and they’re still not burned out. the best part was that because they weren’t votices, the wind wouldn’t blow them out, outdoors.
Post # 8
I had votive candles at my outdoor garden reception and another thing to think about is the wind not just blowing them out, but splattering the wax all over the place. We spent money on higher end candles at Michaels and then spent 2 hours scraping wax off of the reception site stairs, etc. Not how I imagined my first day as a newlywed!! I would highly recommend the dripless candles!!
Post # 9
I got mine at candles4less.com, and I researched for quite awhile on that. The tea lights may burn our too quickly. So, you’ll probably want to go with actual votives.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
We purchased glass votives with the candles secured inside them from Michael’s — 12 for about $4.00 after a coupon!
Post # 11
I just got a huge quantity from candles4less and couldn’t have been happier. They shipped them out right away, and I had gotten 144 in total of the floating candles. I got them just a few days after having ordered them and they were cheaper than the other sites.
Post # 12
I haven’t gotten mine yet but I am most likely going to go to hobby lobby and do something similar to what lattelove did
Post # 13
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I’m stuck in remote China, planning a wedding in South Africa, and sourcing what I can online (because there’s nothing here). I’ll be in Beijing in a couple weeks, though, and will stop by Ikea while I’m in town. Thanks again!
Post # 14
go online and shop, depending on where you live you can buy them wholesale..or even a 99 cent store will carry them.
Post # 15
Ikea for sure – also walmart for tea lights is super affordable. Consider saving up coupons for michaels and going during different weeks/day and buying the bigger candles with coupons – that will save you alot. GL!
Post # 16
IKEA has great prices on tealights especially. I think it is only $2.99 for 100 or something; everytime we go to an IKEA (the closest one to us is Chicago which is over 2 hours away) I stock up! They quality isn’t the best but if you only need it for a night it is fine. The only problem with tealights is they don’t last very long (maybe an 1 hour); I am not sure if IKEA has votives?
I purchased mine from Cudge. I got 144 votives and votive holders for $106 or so… but I remember shipping being like $35 which is way more than I wanted to pay but I didn’t have another choice at that point!