Reception Candle Magic
Wedding Candle Do's and Don'ts
By Natalie T.
January 3, 2012
Soft, white light! It's enough to bring out the inner pyro in every girl. However, before you plan to light up, here are some ways to ensure that your reception is pure magic.
Types of Candles
Candles are made from a range of natural and artificial materials. Common candles waxes include beeswax, soy, and paraffin. Most candles are biodegradable, but always check with your manufacturer. Candles are made with four basic methods: dipped, rolled, molded, and votive. Tapered candles are tall candles that are wider at the base. Column candles are equally thick at the top and bottom. Both types of candles are often used during the ceremony as unity candles. Votive candles are candles in small receptacles like shells, clay pots, and even hollowed out egg shells. They are most often used for reception tables, because the melting wax is captured in the container and doesn't make a big mess.
Do try before you buy! While you can save big bucks by buying online, buy a variety of candles first and look at the size and shape. Choose a day when you have a few hours to light these candles and time how long they last.
Do buy in bulk and try negotiating with a whole seller.
Do donate unused candles or reuse them later.
Do trim the wick to ¼ inch before every use. If the wick is too long, the candle may smoke which is relatively harmless but unattractive.
Don't buy scented. While one or two scented candles are nice, a large number is simply overwhelming.
Don't ever leave candles unattended.
Don't> use candles at the children's table. Even if the candle is placed out of reach, disturbing the flame by blowing or fanning may cause the candle to smoke.
Don't place anything flammable nearby. If candles make up a centerpiece, avoid including dried flowers, leaves, branches, paper, or ribbons unless you're sure they fireproof.
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