Ok, we're just going to say it: Candlelight is a must at any and all wedding-related events. After all, it is the key to a successful party. The reason: It's a known fact that people have more fun in a dimly lit room.
And while we're all about having a fun wedding, there's another benefit of candlelight that we're even more into: the look. As you'll see in this gorgeous photo gallery (featuring photos from Brides real weddings), an open flame is downright gorgeous IRL and on film. Seriously, picking our favorite candle photos was a challenge in itself. That's because all those flickering flames project an amber glow, which just so happens to be universally flattering. Yes, that means you, your partner, and all your guests will look even more beautiful in a candlelit room—consider it the original Valencia filter. (And if you don't believe us, you're more than welcome to consult your photographer for a second opinion.)
So how exactly are you going to light your reception room or ceremony space, you ask? Well, of course, that's where we come in. Below, you'll find 31 examples of candle-accented décor done just right. From taper candles (the long, skinny ones) on elegant tabletops to pillar candles (the thicker, fatter ones) inside a fireplace or lining a staircase, you're sure to find the right lighting for your wedding.
Beyond the type of candle, you'll also have to choose how you're going to display them. Consider antique-looking lanterns for an old-world affair or sleek, modern cylinders for a modern celebration.
Keep reading to see exactly what we're talking about and get to pinning your dream design inspiration. We can't wait to see how pretty your wedding looks when cast in a flattering, romantic glow.
To create the look for a formal soirée, place tall gold candelabras on your tables. As this Tara Guérard designed wedding proves, they can easily elevate an otherwise simple display.
Illuminate the Entrance
If you're pitching a tent in a dark field, it's smart to illuminate the outside of the space. And if you're already adding light, why not make it pretty, right? That's why we suggest channeling this display by Tara Guérard, which shows how a multitude of candles in glass vases can work wonders.
Play With Height
When you spend months curating the perfect tablescape, you best show off your handiwork by mixing in candles of varying heights. These tall, black candles and mini votives make the perfect pair.
Place Lanterns at the Altar
You already saw lanterns lining a staircase but you can also use these for added romance at the altar. We especially like them clustered in asymmetrical groupings, using different sizes.