Many candlelit ceremonies take place inside, however you can achieve a candlelit ceremony outdoors with a few adjustments to fit potential safety/fire issues as well as to counteract the wind blowing out your candles.
Candlelit ceremonies basically rely on candles for the primary source of lighting, but that does not mean you can only have candles. They can be used for a daytime wedding as well as an evening one and the use of candles can be fairly minimal if you only want to have the presence of candles and not necessarily an entirely candlelit ambiance.
Various ways to achieve a candlelit ceremony range from pewabras, candelabras, pillars and votives placed on various surfaces such as window sills, alter candles, stairway groupings, and candles arranged along the aisle itself in various containers or candelabras. Many people may not be familiar with what a pewabra is so a brief description is in order. Pewabras are similar to candelabras in that they are free standing and are taller as opposed to table top candelabra which are shorter and sit on a taller surface such as a table or pillar. Pewabras are mainly attached to pews but can also be attached to certain chairs. They have a clamp and screw attachment that secures them to whatever seat is in your venue. Some venues already have a selection of pewabras as well as candelabras while others may not. A quick check into the local party rental stores will give you a better idea of what they have available as well as what the rental fees will be.
Other candle décor ideas are placing assorted pillar candles on flat surfaces such as window ledges, stairways, alter steps, the alter table, the aisle edges as well as any surface in your venue that is flat and can safely have candles places upon them. Many venues have to abide by local fire codes so you must check with your venue to make sure you are allowed to use candles and if so, many will require you to have them enclosed in some kind of fireproof container such as glass vases or cups. Also, if you are marrying in a historical venue, they may have in their contract a clause that does not allow any kinds of candles. Hope is not lost however! There are many LED battery operated candles on the market. They range from small, waterproof lights, to votives and pillars. These types of candles are perfect for achieving not only a candlelit ceremony inside, but outside as well since they will not blow out with the wind, won’t cause damage from dripping wax as there is no wax, and won’t cause a fire as there is no true flame.
With all the wonderful options available on the market today, a candlelit ceremony is achievable both inside and outside! All it takes is a little imagination, a few rental pieces and the right venue and you will have your glowing, romantic ceremony.
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