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 (as event planner extraordinaire Rebecca Gardner so perfectly noted, here). 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. (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 decor 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. And beyond the type of candle, you'll also have to choose how you're going to display it. But don't worry: We have inspo for that, such as antique-looking lanterns for an old-world affair or sleek, modern cylinders for your modern celebration.
Keep reading to see exactly what we're talking about and get to pinning your dream design inspo. We can't wait to see how pretty your wedding looks when cast in a flattering, romantic glow.
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.