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.
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.
Black Taper Candles
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.
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.
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.
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.