A Guide To Candle Holders: Bright Ideas For Every Wedding Style

Rylie and Richard - Wedding Tablescape Floral and Greenery Garland - Lotte Palace - Dreamlife Photos and Video

Rylie and Richard – Wedding Tablescape Floral and Greenery Garland – Lotte Palace – Dreamlife Photos and Video

The earliest candle holder dates to 400 B.C. and is made of clay. We’ve come a long way since then and while they still serve a functional purpose, candle holders are now an essential detail used in wedding decor and come in an array of sizes, shapes, styles, finishes, and colors. When it comes time to select a type of candle holder, we tell our clients to start the process by considering their flowers and desired aesthetic in relationship to the venue space. Whether you want to illuminate your reception with grand candelabras or dress up a long tablescape with lyrical dancing flames, we’ve put together a guide to candle holders with beautiful ideas for shining light on your wedding day.
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Planning & Inspiration

Pretty Ideas For Styling Bud Vase Wedding Centerpieces

Natasha & Robert Wedding - Reception Low Centerpiece - Burden Kahn Mansion - Andrey Nastasenko

Natasha & Robert Wedding – Reception Low Centerpiece – Burden Kahn Mansion – Andrey Nastasenko

When it comes to dreaming up show-stopping wedding table decor, we tend to think of sky-high, blooming displays or bountiful florals that cascade onto the floor. While bud vase centerpieces may not be the first thing that comes to mind, the impact that these small arrangements have on creating a captivating tablescape should not be underestimated. It’s all about styling – these petite beauties can be presented alone or in clusters, with taper candles or votives, and with luxurious fabrics or natural accents. Whether your aesthetic is classic elegance, natural romanticism, or modern chic, we’ve rounded up pretty ideas for using bud vases in your wedding centerpieces.
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Weddings

Caroline & Ben: An Amalfi Coast Inspired Celebration at Liberty Warehouse

Caroline and Ben Wedding - Bride and Groom Portrait - Liberty Warehouse - Jaymo Jaymes Photography

Caroline and Ben Wedding – Bride and Groom Portrait – Liberty Warehouse – Jaymo Jaymes Photography

Caroline and Ben first met in 2015 when they both were working for a tech start-up in New York City. “Ben was my on-board buddy. He welcomed me to the company environment and my role within it,” Caroline remembers. They became fast friends, often going to lunch and happy hour together. “We were both in relationships at the time. Everything was work related, but there was always an underlying feeling that this could be more. Those romantic feelings were finally addressed that following summer.” Not yet on the same page of what they wanted in terms of a relationship, they dated on and off for the following six months. In an age where dating apps play instant matchmaker, their long, more traditional courtship comes across as refreshing. “Looking back, this period helped build the relationship that Ben and I have now,” Caroline says. “We had been colleagues, friends, then ‘more than friends.’ By the time we were ready to commit, we knew each other inside and out.”
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Stefanie and Mike Wedding - Low Centerpiece - Gotham Hall - Emma Cleary Photography

Planning & Inspiration

A Guide To Wedding Candles: Gorgeous Ideas For Lighting Up Your Big Day

Stefanie and Mike Wedding - Low Centerpiece - Gotham Hall - Emma Cleary Photography

Stefanie and Mike Wedding – Low Centerpiece – Gotham Hall – Emma Cleary Photography

Congratulations, you’ve finally settled on your wedding flowers. Now onto the next question: How to show off these beautiful blooms in their brightest light? This is when your florist and planner (if you are using one) will go over candle options to see which type best complements your wedding scheme. Candles are essential to creating the ambiance for your big day whether you dream of a candlelit aisle, want to dine in an intimate, glowing tablescape, or need to warm up a cavernous room. Because these decor staples come in an array of styles, shapes, and sizes, we put together this guide highlighting inspiring floral designs with candles from the Real BB Weddings archives.
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Lauren & Brett Wedding - Low Centerpiece Gold Mercury Glass Quicksand Roses Seeded Eucalyptus Ranunculus - Liberty Warehouse Brooklyn

Planning & Inspiration

Beautiful Wedding Centerpiece Ideas For Rectangular Reception Tables

Lauren & Brett Wedding - Low Centerpiece Gold Mercury Glass Quicksand Roses Seeded Eucalyptus Ranunculus - Liberty Warehouse Brooklyn

Lauren & Brett Wedding – Low Centerpiece Gold Mercury Glass Quicksand Roses Seeded Eucalyptus Ranunculus – Liberty Warehouse Brooklyn

Rectangular, also referred to as ‘communal’ or ‘farmhouse,’ is a popular type of table shape used in Real BB Weddings. Similar to their round counterpart, rectangular tables seat 8 to 10 guests and typically measure eight-feet by 42-inches. We often see rectangular tables used in a mix-and-match reception layout, either with circular or banquet seating. We do want to point out that while rectangular encourages a relaxed and ‘familial’ atmosphere, socializing can be limited where guests may end up talking to the person sitting next to them. From a floral designer’s standpoint, what is so appealing about this type of table is how it offers ample surface for a variety of centerpiece styles and decor. It also wins major points for versatility and can be set up in the dining room of a private estate or in a chic industrial space. From lush, romantic garlands to posh and modern arrangements, here are beautiful centerpiece ideas for rectangular tables culled from the Real BB Wedding archives.
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Anna and Jack Wedding - Tablescape High and Low Centerpiece - The Foundry - Asher Gardner Photography

Planning & Inspiration

Gorgeous Wedding Centerpiece Ideas For Round Reception Tables

Anna and Jack Wedding - Tablescape High and Low Centerpiece - The Foundry - Asher Gardner Photography

Anna and Jack Wedding – Tablescape High and Low Centerpiece – The Foundry – Asher Gardner Photography

Congratulations! After months of meetings, phones calls, and emails, you and your wedding planner (if you have one) have mapped out the dining space in painstaking detail to determine the seating layout of your reception. Now it’s time to make an appointment with your florist to design the floral decor that will underscore the tone of your wedding and pull together the room. When we first talk with clients, we go over their desired wedding style, color scheme, favorite flowers along with any images they have pinned and saved for inspiration. At this point, they have a good sense of the shape, size, and layout of their tables with the most popular being round, rectangular and banquet. This information is important because certain types of centerpieces pair best with each kind of table.
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