Hey, lovelies! Since we’ve had such a huge response to our Ask Emmaline wedding advice column, we decided to compile some of our most-asked questions on one particular topic. Today we’re tackling where to buy tealight candles for weddings, along with votive candles and candle holders. If you’ve ever wanted to use candles as part of your wedding centerpiece design, around your space as decor, with your lanterns, to line a walkway, or you’re wondering what kind of candles to use, you’ll find it all right here. We’ll tell you what kind to buy, where to buy tealight candles in bulk, where to get the best price, and which candles I will only use at weddings. PLUS, we’re tossing in one bonus tip (and an important one, might I add) about why you should never use scented tealight candles for weddings. Don’t miss it.
As always, if you have a question not answered in this list, feel free to shoot us an email or leave a comment at the bottom of the article. We’re here to help, so, seriously, use it. :) On to the guide!
Where to Buy Tealight Candles for Weddings
Here are fifteen of the most commonly asked questions about tealight candles for weddings or special events.
1. Are tealight candles those small ones I always see used as candles for wedding centerpieces?
It depends on what kinds of candles size you’re envisioning, but yes — tealight candles, like these, are the most popular candles for weddings:
2. Why are tealight candles so popular for weddings?
Tealight candles are great because they’re economical, they have a long burn time (especially if you buy these), and they look beautiful as accents placed in and around your centerpiece design.
3. Do you need to put tealight candles inside anything when using them for centerpieces?
If you’re using candles for wedding centerpieces as the main focus, then yes; if using tealight candles as an accent (with scattered petals, or around floral arrangements, then no — you can keep them in the tin container they are packaged in.
4. If I’m putting tealight candles inside another vessel, what should I use?
Our favorite suggestion: luminaries! Wedding luminaries like these look elegant as centerpieces. (By Naomi Anita.)
I can picture these used for a starry night themed wedding!
by naomi anita
Alternatively, paper luminary bags are another great choice, particularly for lining walkways around your ceremony or reception at night. These are by Olden Designs — she’s a serious expert when it comes to all things luminary, so check her shop out here.
5. How long do tealight candles burn?
It is important to buy the right kind of tealight candles for weddings — you want a very long burn time so that your centerpieces aren’t flickering out mid-dinner. As a rule of thumb, I never use tealight candles for weddings UNDER an 8 hour burn time. You can get a huge bulk pack of 100 tealight candles from Stonebriar (they’re awesome) here for around $20 and they burn for 8 full hours each.
6. Do you have any suggestions for smoke coming from tealight candles if guests are sensitive?
While it’s pretty uncommon to have complaints with long-burning tealight candles simply because you won’t see them flicker out (and that’s when you have smoke), these tealight candles are also my favorite because they’re smokeless. That’s because they’re made from a lead-free, 100% cotton wick. They’re the same ones mentioned above.
7. I want clear glass holders for my tealight candles. Any suggestions?
Now, if your heart is set on the larger votive candle holders you often see, you’ll need to get votive candles instead of tealight candles. You can get long-burning votive candles here. They’re a huge hit with wedding centerpieces, too, and are just as popular as tealight candles. If you’re buying votive holders, buy in bulk to save money AND buy the candle holders separately from the actual votive candles. You’ll actually save some money, to be honest. I only buy votive candles from here, simply because I’ve used them in actual weddings we’ve planned and they boast a 10 hour burn time (and that’s totally accurate in my experience). You can buy them here.
These modern square votive candle holders are also a great buy — they’re a good price and fit with the proper votive candle size:
8. Are tealight candles for weddings in white only?
Typically yes, but they don’t have to be. Due to the ease of making bulk tealight candles in one standard wax color (ivory / white), you’ll usually find them in one color. But some places offer a small wrap that goes around their tealight candles to give them a little extra pop, like these:
Of course, that’s more of a neon set, so if it doesn’t jive with your color palette you have another option. Instead of choosing white tealight candles for weddings, opt for votive candles like we talked about earlier. There are more options for colors when it comes to votive candles, like these in navy:
Or these, in pink:
You can see a ton of beautiful color candle options here.
9. Do you know of any tealight candles for weddings with rustic flair?
YES. These are my new favorite at the moment! I adore these tealight holders and would love them all around my home. By StudioHusky.
by studio husky
10. How do you make your own tealight candles for weddings?
I don’t know if there would be a cost savings (or stress relief from so many candles to make!), but certainly… if you want to make your own tealight candles, follow this DIY tutorial. I’ve never made them myself, but it’s worth the read if you’re interested!
11. My venue prohibits open flames of any kind, but I want candles. Any tips?
If you love the warm glow from candles and the romantic light (who doesn’t?), we recommend the next best thing: fake led candles! These battery-operated tealight candles are as good as it gets with no risk of fire, no smoke, and no mess. Some venues are particular because things can get out of hand with napkins on tables and placement of open candles; it makes sense. ALWAYS use fake LED battery operated candles when venues prohibit open flames AND on any candles that aren’t in plain open sight. This means walkways outside the reception or ceremony venue (just to err on the safe side). You can buy highly-rated, awesome, long-lasting LED tealight candles here.
12. Do you have suggestions for using tealight candles for weddings with beach / nautical themes?
YES. Use these driftwood tealight holders from By The Lake Design:
Or these seashell tealight candles for weddings from Bellinspired:
13. What about tealight holders for coffee themed weddings?
Sure enough, we’ve found ’em! Aren’t these so cool? They make an awesome holiday gift for your favorite coffee lover, too. And yes, perfectly appropriate for a coffee themed wedding (or as an accent at your wedding coffee bar). By Coffee Passion.
14. Any suggestions for tealight candle holders for the head table?
This one we spotted at GFT Woodcraft is perfect!
15. Do you have any suggestions for tealight wedding favors?
Yes — these teacup holders are adorable (from here):
by kate aspen
I’m loving these succulent candles + holders (from here):
And I’ll never tire of these classic tealights for weddings (from here):
by kate aspen
BONUS: Never, ever use scented tealight candles for weddings.
As a rule of thumb, never use scented candles for weddings anywhere — especially the reception tables. The reason is because it changes the taste of food; the scent is also really hard to deal with when people have sensitivities to smells. You can read more about it here: Why You Should Never Use Scented Candles at Weddings
And there you have it: everything you ever needed or wanted to know about tealight candles for weddings! If we missed anything, or you have questions, just leave ’em in the comment box below and we’ll swoop in to help.
Hope it helps!