Planning & Inspiration
Pretty Ideas For Using Colorful Taper Candles At Your Wedding Reception
There’s no denying the romantic charm dancing candlelight brings to the wedding tablescape. While white and ivory are a classic choice, more couples are opting for color when it comes to lighting up their reception. What is so attractive about colorful taper candles other than beauty is their versatility – they work with just about any wedding style and type of venue. From a floral designer’s perspective, we love how colored taper candles can be used to accentuate the decorative aesthetic while creating a sense of cohesion through out a space. And one thing is for certain, colorful taper candles will elevate the room whether you make them a focal point or just scattered them across the tabletop.
Because candles come in so many shapes and sizes, we want to point out a taper candle’s defining features. They are tall and thin with a round base that usually narrows at the top. The standard height is 10 to 12 inches, but candle and decor companies are now offering unique variations from skinny and towering to midi-versions.
Curious about incorporating colorful taper candles into your wedding reception? We have you covered and rounded up the prettiest decor ideas that use this vibrant big day trend.
It’s no wonder that mauve has been a top wedding color for the last few seasons. It’s an ideal choice for the bride who isn’t crazy about pink or purple, but still wants a romantic color to anchor her decorative scheme. This stunning tablescape uses mauve, blush and ivory taper candles to complement the soft hued centerpieces with notes of berry, nude, and peach.
When a TV show is as whimsically elegant in fashion and style as Bridgerton, it’s inevitably going to influence how we decorate for a big party. The detail and flourish of The Regency era reigns supreme in this ‘living’ garden centerpiece bedecked with taper candles in pastel pink, lilac, and blue. Notice the playful arrangement of the candles – some are placed within the florals while others are in holders and candelabras.
Complement a sophisticated decorative theme with cool gray accents. This elegant setup presents Aegean blue lace-patterned chargers, natural linens, and gold cutlery in combination with slate hued taper candles in brass candlesticks, offering a lovely contrast to the organic textured centerpieces.
For their wedding at the Liberty Warehouse, Real BB Weddings couple Ali and Joe set out to create an atmosphere that felt intimate and gardenesque. Table decor featured low, lush centerpieces composed of various types of roses, helleborus, ranunculuses, astrantias, and delphiniums with silver dollar eucalyptus and salal leaves. Flickering blue taper candles surrounded the arrangement, illuminating the blossom’s rich texture and dimension.
Putting a modern spin on ‘something blue, this tablescape features a cool interplay of midnight and sky colored taper candles. The white candlesticks and simple florals make the blues stand out within the airy atmosphere.
For a secret garden ambiance, consider using an assortment of colored candles of varying height inspired by the palette of your floral decor. Punctuate the enchanted storybook vibe by putting the candles in a mix of crystal and patina silver holders.
For their wedding a 74 Wythe, Real BB Weddings couple Jen and Trevor celebrated with a tablescape radiating dramatic naturalism. Draped in dark linens, a long table was topped with a lush greenery and floral garland illuminated by sleek black taper candles set in glass hurricanes. The black on black elements underscored the chic, romantic mood of the night.
We love to see decor take a theme and run away with it. Lush and flourishing with citrus accents, this tablescape captures summer’s vibrant and breezy side. Incredibly, the lemon yellow taper candles manage to pop against this color-bursting spread.
We tell our clients who are having difficulty nailing down their colors to consider the season in which their wedding will take place. From there, you can modify a palette to suit your style, venue, and other concerns. This table setting illustrates the idea beautifully with a centerpiece of sun-soaked autumn florals accented with seasonal foliage. An elegant row of colored taper candles in blush, honey, and denim accent the warm tones while offering a beautiful contrast to the unstructured, texture-rich blooms.
To capture her wedding vision of a whimsical garden accentuating the Stone Mill’s charmed beauty, BB Featured Bride Alexandra chose decor that mixed classic blooms with flowering plants. Tables were decorated with low centerpieces featuring roses, ranunculuses, dahlias, lisianthus, oncidium orchids, pieris, and abelia in shades of golden yellow, orange, peach, blush, white, and cream complemented by Italian ruscus and silver dollar eucalyptus. “The light pink taper candles added soft elegance, while illuminating the flowers’ texture and dimension. We also trimmed the main ceiling beam with trailing ivy,” Alexandra notes.
Incorporating multiple colored candles of varying height will bring movement and drama to the table top. This spellbinding design presents a low, garden inspired arrangement surrounded by graceful taper candles in shades of berry, wine, and cloud in stylish gold holders. The play between height and texture in combination with the flickering flames creates an ambiance of poetic beauty for guests to enjoy.
This sweet centerpiece proves that with the right dose of color, even a small-scaled design will make a big impact. Simple but eye-catching, it presents stems of rich greenery trimmed with zesty pink and orange roses complemented by gold elements and punch-hued short taper candles.
While colored taper candles are often used to draw the eye in with contrast, soft, muted hues are an excellent choice for complementing understated table decor. Illustrating the idea, this sophisticated centerpiece displays a small centerpiece with organic greenery and flowering plants surrounded by taper candles in pleasing neutral shades.
When the wedding trend reports for 2022 began circulating, colorful taper candles were at the top of just about every list. It makes sense – after nearly two years of postponements and modifying plans, couples were ready to celebrate in a big way. Deeply tied to emotions, color symbolizes love, happiness, and excitement. And if these examples prove anything, it’s that colorful taper candles will only add to the beauty and joy everyone wants around them on their wedding day.