18 Romantic Wedding Centerpieces With Candles

Bring an allover glow to your reception space with candle centerpieces.
by Parker Butler

A lot goes into planning your reception décor—especially the tables. If you’re including a sit-down meal, you’ll want to dress your tables to the nines. Look to your centerpieces to create wow-worthy table décor, and incorporate candles to set the right mood. Whether it's simple birchwood candles for a woodland wedding or glamorous candelabras for a ballroom soiree, the perfect candle and floral pairings will light up your reception space.

  1. 1. Be Our Guest

    Simple wedding centerpieces with candles

    Candelabras give a romantic feel to any reception. Place tall candles on the ends of your tables for subtle elegance, or surround the candlesticks with vibrant blooms for a more glamorous look.

    Flowers: dahlias and Italian ruscus

  2. 2. Woodland Spark

    DIY candle centerpieces for a simple wedding
    Allie Siarto & Co. Photography

    To set an easy, earthy vibe, pull your tabletops together with succulents, greenery and birchwood candles.

    Flowers: Queen Anne’s lace, pinecones and moss

    From: A DIY Woodland Wedding at a Private Residence in Bay City, Michigan

  3. 3. Garden Party

    Elegant wedding centerpiece with candles and roses
    Koby Brown Photography

    Pair tall candlesticks with bright blooms for vibrant centerpieces. We love this look for a chic summer wedding.

    Flowers: peonies, roses, dahlias and ranunculus

    From: An Alfresco Southwestern Wedding at McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas

  4. 4. Lantern Wreaths

    Elegant wedding centerpiece with vintage lanterns and greenery
    Pat Robinson Photography

    Style vintage pewter lanterns with wreaths of greenery and delicate florals for romantic centerpieces.

    Flowers: peonies, Queen Anne’s lace and greenery

    From: An Elegant, Classic Wedding at Greenville Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware

  5. 5. High and Low

    Romantic wedding centerpiece with candles
    Lisa Hessel Photography

    Low centerpieces encourage table talk among your guests. Intersperse a few tall candles for a declicate glow that still allows for easy conversation.

    Flowers: dahlias, garden roses, roses and pine

    From: An Intimate Summer Wedding at Lucas Park Grille in St. Louis, Missouri

  6. 6. Fire and Water

    Simple wedding centerpieces with floating candles
    Lacy | Hanky Photography, LLC

    Include fire and water in your centerpieces for an alluring sight at your reception. With a few added petals, these opposing elements make a surprisingly agreeable pair.

    Flowers: orchids and rose petals

    From: A Traditional Indian Wedding at A'Bulae in St. Paul, Minnesota

  7. 7. Whimsical Candelabras

    Elegant wedding centerpiece with tall candle
    Jill Doty Photography

    Use stately candelabras to hold whimsical floral arrangements. Towering candlesticks give these cascading blooms some added drama.

    Flowers: roses, hydrangeas, delphinium and eucalyptus

    From: An Eclectic-Glam Wedding at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, Georgia

  8. 8. Raised Flames

    Glamorous wedding centerpiece with candles and garlands
    Katie Long

    Raise your candles high on sleek platforms with cascading garlands and beads for modern centerpieces.

    Flowers: stephanotis

    From: A Peabody Opera House Wedding in St. Louis, Missouri

  9. 9. Rustic Sparks

    DIY wedding centerpiece with candles and green garlands
    Photo Love

    Line your reception tables with simple candles and fresh garlands for a fuss-free, organic feel.

    Flowers: greenery

    From: A Rustic Wedding at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas

  10. 10. Submerged Tulips

    Simple wedding centerpieces with floating candles and tulips
    Genesa Richards Photography

    Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Try something unexpected, like hanging floral arrangements or blooms submerged in water with a candle on top.

    Flowers: tulips

    From: An Elegant, Outdoor Wedding at Union Station in Tacoma, Washington

  11. 11. Mossy Glow

    Romantic centerpieces with candles for a modern wedding
    K. Thompson Photography, LLC

    Nest candles on a bed of moss to bring long reception tables to life. Add a few bright stems and textured greenery for a slightly wild look.

    Flowers: roses, fern and moss

    From: A Modern, Irish-Inspired Wedding at W Washington DC Hotel in Washington, DC

  12. 12. Electric Feel

    Romantic wedding centerpiece with candles and hydrangeas
    Jill Doty Photography

    Consider using electric (or flameless) candles rather than real flames. You’ll avoid a waxy mess, and you can turn them on with one easy switch.

    Flowers: roses, hydrangeas, dusty miller and eucalyptus

    From: An Eclectic-Glam Wedding at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, Georgia

  13. 13. Geometric Glow

    Simple wedding centerpiece with candles and succulents
    Onelove Photography

    Play with shape and asymmetry on your tabletops. Mix and match your candles and decorate with greenery for something a little more low key.

    Flowers: roses and succulents

    From: A Romantic, Vintage Wedding at Carondelet House in Los Angeles, California

  14. 14. Blue Flames

    Elegant wedding centerpieces with blue candles
    M2 Photography

    Incorporate an extra “something blue” with svelt, navy candles. Add neutral blooms, gold candlesticks and lots of greenery.

    Flowers: hydrangeas, dahlias, garden roses, lisianthus, godetia, spray roses, freesia, Queen Anne’s lace, porcelain berry, olive branches, seeded eucalyptus and bay leaves

    From: An Elegant Jewish Wedding at Crossing Vineyards and Winery in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

  15. 15. Lantern Light

    Romantic wedding centerpiece with lanterns and roses
    Kristy Ryan

    Light the way to your romantic reception with lanterns. Surround them with succulents and moss for a woodland touch with lots of character.

    Flowers: Roses, succulents and moss

    From: A Traditional Romantic Wedding in Vancouver, British Columbia

  16. 16. Dappled Luster

    Simple wedding centerpieces with candles and greenery
    Michelle Beller Photography

    Scatter small votives and wider hurricane candles amid greenery for an effortless, elegant glow.

    Flowers: succulents and gardenias

    From: An Elegant, West Coast Wedding at a Private Residence in Montecito, California

  17. 17. Alluring Candles

    Elegant wedding centerpiece with hydrangeas
    Ira Lippke Studios

    Set the mood for your romantic reception with silver candlesticks. The simple flames will look gorgeous beside your glamorous florals.

    Flowers: Hydrangeas and orchids

    From: An Elegant Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Bannockburn, Illinois

  18. 18. Simple Tapers

    Elegant wedding centerpiece with tall candles
    Chudleigh Weddings

    Use tall, slim taper candles to line your rustic tabletops.

    Flowers: roses and greenery

    From: A Winter Wedding at Sundance Mountain Resort in Sundance, Utah

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