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Candle Centerpiece Idea — Handmade-a-Day

A charming candle centerpiece idea is today’s handmade-a-day find! Be sure you’re on the list so you don’t miss future blog posts.

Candle Centerpiece Idea -- Handmade-a-Day

by VENdecor handmade

Earlier this week, we talked about ways to save money on your wedding. One of those tips was to choose non-floral centerpieces instead of large floral blooms. As inspiration, we are sharing this candle centerpiece idea from VEN Decor Handmade. It features handmade green leaf garland and a trio of candles in the center. Romantic lighting is always a welcome addition to your reception space and we love how this candle centerpiece comes together. Did you know each leaf is made of green crepe paper and completely handmade? That’s pretty incredible.

12 Most Romantic Night Wedding Ideas

Hi, loves! Emma here. I’ve been admiring night wedding ideas lately and each one I stumble upon is lovelier than the last. So, I decided, enough is enough: time to share ’em! If you’re planning an outdoor nighttime wedding or night wedding ceremony this summer, you need to add these ideas to your list and put them to good use. Bookmark this post (CTRL+D), tweet it, and pin it for later. It’s packed to the gills with awesome. Ready to be inspired? Let’s go!

Night Wedding Ideas

1. A Candlelit Sweetheart Table.

Ah, so romantic…

candlelit sweetheart table - perfect for a night wedding

photo: michael wachniak

2. Send lanterns into the sky.

Releasing sky lanterns are a beautiful way to kick off the start of the reception… or right before your grand exit at the end of the night. You can find white sky lanterns here.

bride, groom, and wedding lanterns for a night wedding

j. elizabeth photography

3. Luminaries along the aisle.

Use luminary bags and these to light the aisle way.

use luminaries and battery operated candles to line the aisle at a night wedding ceremony

lanterns: eric boneske photography

4. A glowing arbor. Oceanfront view. First kiss.

oceanfront view with glowing arbor - night wedding ideas
photo: embrace life photo via intimate weddings

Or an arbor with flowers and lights, like this:

floral lighted arbor - night wedding ideas for ceremony

via pinterest

5. Twinkle lights wrapped around trees.

Now, this is a good idea for EVERY backyard and outdoor nighttime setting, wouldn’t you agree? Stealing this and putting twinkle lights on all the things.

twinkle lights wrapped around trees - one of my favorite night wedding ideas

6. Candles surrounding forefront of ceremony.

Obviously, yikes, you’d want to use these instead of actual candles. Anything else would be too dangerous (and nerve-wrecking).

use battery operated candles for your ceremony backdrop - night wedding ideas

7. Chandeliers. And table lanterns. And that gorgeous tide.

night wedding ideas: chandelier and lanterns on tables

photo: style art life via style me pretty

And, I couldn’t help tossing this one in, too. How the lighting is devised to look so effortless, I’ll never know; but this must take a lot of work to bring to fruition. At any rate, it’s gorgeous, don’t you think?

night wedding ideas: chandelier

duke photography via style me pretty

8. Bonfire.

Note: Hay bales make excellent seating (and cozy blankets in baskets are a nice touch for guests in the fall).

night wedding ideas: bonfire! hay bales make excellent outdoor seating

photo: hawes photography via style me pretty

9. Lanterns as Aisle Decor (on Hooks)

I love everything about this! To recreate this look, you’ll want moroccan style lanterns (like these) and shepherds hooks (like these). Don’t forget to line a pathway for guests on the way to the ceremony.

moroccan style lanterns for aisle decor - night wedding ideas


10. Bridesmaids Carry Lanterns Down the Aisle

For a night wedding, you’ll want to ditch the bouquets and opt for something guests can actually see! A candle lantern with handle is a lovely way to make a grand entrance.

bridesmaids carry lanterns down aisle instead of a bouquet - night wedding ideas

via pinterest from enfianced

11. Sparklers + a Grand Exit

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I love sparkler grand exits! They’re especially fitting for a night wedding. (Don’t forget to read this!)

sparkler grand exit - night wedding ideas

photo: michelle gardella | see the real wedding

A ‘love’ sparkler photo like this with bridesmaids is another cute idea.

night wedding ideas:  love sparkler photo

via the knot

12. Hanging Glass Orbs with Candles

Hang these glass orbs from tree branches throughout your outdoor wedding. Place battery operated tealight candles inside the glass orbs for a romantic look at night.

night wedding ideas: hanging glass orbs with battery operated candles inside


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Now that you’ve seen some awesome night wedding ideas, it’s time to add to our list (or tell us which ones you love most). Leave a comment below! We’d love to hear from you. Baby Andrew especially loves your comments, so send ’em in. ;)


About the Author

emma arendoski author of the handcrafted wedding and emmaline bride
Emma Arendoski is the author of The Handcrafted Wedding. Her new book, The Inspired Wedding, is now available for pre-order. Emma is the founder and editor of Follow her on Twitter @EmmalineBride and Instagram.

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How to Make Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns

Ever wondered how to make hanging mason jar lanterns? Want to light up your reception space with jar lanterns but you aren’t sure how to make them secure enough for hanging? Today, we’re showing you the easiest way to make hanging mason jar lanterns on how to make hanging mason jar lanterns that are both secure and easy to DIY… and all it takes is a few simple supplies! Read on to find out more…

hanging mason jar lantern

How to Make Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns

To make hanging mason jar lanterns, you’ll need the following:

mason jars (preferably with 2.25″ opening) which can be bought at a local grocery store or here

mason jar lantern kits (by midwest finds) – 3 sets for $10

long burning votive candles OR LED votives

– vase filler: consider sand, water beads, colorful ice rock gems, seashells, or clear ice gems



1. Secure wire lantern kit + chain to top of jar
2. Fill 1/3 of jar with vase filler of your choice
3. Place candle on top of vase filler
4. Hang lantern at wedding reception or line pathways to light up the night

EB TIP: Make extra (non-hanging) jars as lanterns and add tags to give away as wedding favors. Guests will love ’em!

Alternate: Day to Night Decor

Fill with water + add flowers of your choice during the day; at night, add a floating candle to the water.

hanging mason jar lantern

hanging mason jar lantern

hanging mason jar lantern

(Pssst. If you’re using as a vase, read how to arrange flower like a pro here!)

Happy Planning!