10 Ways to Use Colorful Taper Candles at Your Wedding Reception

Colorful candlelight is the romantic and whimsical way to decorate for your wedding day

reception tablescape white floral centerpieces and taper candles

Photo by Forged in the North

Soft, flickering candlelight is an absolute must at your wedding reception—after all, everyone looks better by candlelight. And while white and ivory taper candles are a classic choice, we also love the more whimsical idea of colorful candles on the table. They’re unexpected, fun, and are an easy way to add a pop of color to the overall reception space.

Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite colors in the taper-candle spectrum, from dusty rose and soft blues to black and forest green, and every color in between.

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Blush Pink

Rachel Pearlman

You can’t go wrong with blush and gold—it’s such a classic color combination. Complement lush, garden-inspired centerpieces with brass candleholders paired with soft-pink candles to create a soft, romantic glow throughout your reception space.

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Extra-Long Burgundy Candles

Nirav Patel

This couple’s outdoor reception combined rustic wooden tables, mix-and-match antique chairs, vintage French plates, and cut glassware; tying the look together were the burgundy taper candles down the center of every dinner table (they extra-long length added drama!).

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Black Taper Candles

Carla Choy Photography

Mixing and matching black ceramic dishware with black taper candles creates a modern, cohesive look. However, add clear-glass bud vases filled with fresh greenery to help keep the overall tablescape elegant and light, without veering into goth territory.

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Dusty Blue

Ryan Ray

Taper candles are an easy, affordable way to add a luxe look to your reception tables. Start with simple (and budget-friendly) bud vases containing a single bloom, add sprigs of fresh greenery, and round out the look with a trio of candlesticks.

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Forest Green

Hazelwood Photography

Create a moody, into-the-woods vibe by choosing rustic, wooden dining tables topped with lush garlands of fresh (and fragrant!) cedar. Candles in a dark-green shade blend in perfectly and will add a warm glow as the sun goes down.

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Grey Candles

O’Malley Photographers

Complement lush and verdant-green centerpieces with simple, grey candles to add a dose of elegance to the table decor.

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Dusty Rose

Jamie Rae

Create a cohesive tablescape by coordinating your florals, napkins, and candles; this dusty rose shade is romantic and sophisticated, and really pops against the bright-white table linen.

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Shades of Blue

Kate Osborne Photography

For a chic and modern look, choose an all-white tablescape and then mix and match taper candles in varying shades of blue (or another color in your wedding palette) to add a bold pop of color.

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Navy Blue

Sawyer Baird

Navy pillar candles added a hint of gravitas, plus a grounding color and element, to this couple's reception table. The darker details also coordinated perfectly with the vintage blue-and-white place settings and made the colorful floral arrangements pop. Pair a light-colored linen with deeper-toned accents to add depth to the overall tablescape, like these navy votive holders and candles.

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Yellow Candles

Jose Villa

This couple’s reception was held in a modern, all-white barn in Napa Valley; guests dined beneath an installation of fresh greenery and yellow taper candles added warmth and glow to the space.

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