One of the easiest ways to design your wedding inexpensively is with the use of candlelight. The options are endless and candles can be incorporated in many ways with just about any style. From rustic lanterns, to elaborate candelabras, to sleek and classic glass pillars, the options are truly endless.
Candle heavy centerpieces are also much easier to design and install on your own if you’re going the DIY route. Flowers can be tricky to work with, and the logistical elements (ordering, cutting, wilting, transporting) are much trickier to deal with without the help of a professional. Candles are easier and can be approached with a “set it and forget it” attitude.
We’ve divided this list into three distinct categories for easy shopping – candelabras, votives/candle holders, and lanterns. If none of our picks quite meet your needs, you can continue shopping here for some alternative options.
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Best Wedding Candelabras
Candelabras are wonderful because they can stand on their own. They’re a statement piece and don’t need flowers or other decor elements to enhance them. They do set the style and mood for the evening, so if you’re selecting a candelabra, make sure it’s one you love. To keep costs down and avoid an overwhelming sea of candelabras, use a candelabra design on 1/3 or 1/2 or your tables, incorporating alternative candle elements or simple floral on the others.
1. Gold Crystal Candelabra Candle Holders (Set of Two)
These beautiful candle holders come in both silver and gold, so regardless of what type of metal you prefer, there’s an option for you. The candle holders are offset by just about two inches and the varying height only adds to their elegant style. The crystal design allows the candlelight to reflect in every direction for a stunning, candlelit glow. These can be set on your wedding reception tables on their own, or you may choose to pair them with the coordinating votive holders.
Price: $34.99 (55 percent off MSRP)
2. Five Candle Metal Gold Candelabra
If you’re looking for a proper candelabra to set on your wedding reception tables, this one is affordable and stunning. It’s available in five different finishes including copper, black, silver, bronze, and gold (pictured above). The candelabra stands at 10.2 inches tall, without the added height of the candles. You can purchase taper candles inexpensively or opt for flameless taper candles for a safer alternative.
Price: $25.99 (50 percent off MSRP)
3. Ivory Candelabra Centerpiece
This candelabra adds a highly romantic and ethereal look to any wedding. The ivory based mixed with the crystal accents stands out against a dimly lit room with some sparkle and that flickering candlelit glow. You can purchase some short pillar candles here. The affordable price tag makes it reasonable to have one of these set on each table, although if you’d like to mix up the look, consider placing some white birch branches on half of the tables for a coordinating and cohesive design.
4. Three Light Vintage Gold Candelabra Centerpiece
Decorate your wedding with this candelabra for a vintage inspired style. Not only is this piece truly affordable, but also extremely well made. The design features three individual removable glass tea light holders, so you can switch between using tea light candles or taper candlesticks whenever you’d like. Our recommendation would be to switch it up table by table for a unique look. The frame is hand-painted in gold and finished with antique-style brush strokes, giving it a distressed look. Browse the entire line from Amalfi Decor for coordinating pieces throughout your wedding.
Price: $37.97 (12 percent off MSRP)
5. Crackle Finished Glass Hurricane Candelabras (Set of Three)
If you prefer a more traditional style, you can easily stay away from metallics and crystal and stick to glass for your wedding centerpieces. The three-inch set is substantial and beautiful enough to stand alone as a centerpiece while still having the same wow factor as more embellished pieces. Each hurricane measures 5″ in diameter and stand at 12″, 14″, and 16″ high respectively. If you’re looking for something with just a hint of color, this similar set has amber tinted glass which only adds to their warm candlelit appearance.
6. Crackle Gold Glass Candelabra Candle Holders (Set of Three)
Like the above option, these stand at three varying heights. One of the biggest trends when it comes to wedding centerpieces is incorporating several different designs amongst your tables rather than just one. Set these gorgeous candelabras on several tables, use these gold mercury glass votives for a second design, and some of these awesome gold vases (filled with floral or displayed on their own) for a third.
Price: $29.99 (40 percent off MSRP)
Best Wedding Votives & Candle Holders
Candle holders and votives are usually an essential player in a bigger picture. Typically they don’t take up enough space to stand alone, but they’re a necessary component. Offering a flickers and twinkles of light throughout the room, candle holders and votives add romance and warmth to any centerpiece. They’re also inexpensive so you can buy them in large quantities without spending a fortune (an essential factor if you’re trying to decorate a ton of tables). If none of these picks are quite your style, you can find a plethora of inexpensive votives here.
1. Glass Cylinder Floating Candle Vase Set
As simple as they seem, floating candle holders are one of the most commonly used centerpieces for weddings. You can make small tweaks to jazz up their design a bit. For example, fill the vases with floral petals or change up the color of the floating candle. Leave them as they are in the above photo for a simple and elegant way to incorporate candlelight into your wedding decor. This set comes equipped with three floating candles (with a burn time of 10 hours) along with the three cylinder vases (3″ high, 7.5″ high, and 9″ high). You can choose from several various candle colors if you’re not a fan of the simple white.
2. Bronze Metal Taper Candle Holder (Set of Two)
There’s nothing more classically elegant and sophisticated than pair of simple taper candles. These come together easily and although they’re extremely affordable (currently 50 percent off), they appear to be high end and expensive. Available in bronze, gold, silver, and black, they pair well with the gold candelabra above. The candlesticks stand at 9.6 inches tall with a sturdy and sizable four-inch vase.
Price: $19.99 (50 percent off MSRP)
3. Glass Taper Candle Holders (Set of Three)
While these simple taper candle bases are beautiful on their own, they can be enhanced in quite a few ways for a lovely wedding centerpiece that will impress. These are extremely affordable, making them a great option if you’re trying to save, and are made with high-quality glass that won’t easily chip or break. Candle rings are an inexpensive way to incorporate texture, color, and even seasonality. You can find a large selection of pre-made candle rings here or if you’re feeling creative, you can make your own.
Price: $11.99 (40 percent off MSRP)
4. Mercury Silver Glass Votives (Set of Six)
Nothing sparkles and shines quite like mercury glass, which is why it continues to be one of the most versatile and most used finishes in wedding centerpieces designs. There are tons of mercury glass decor pieces, from vases, to coupes, to votives and pillars. They add sparkle and elegance to an otherwise simple table design and go with just about any other accent color. These gorgeous textured votives come in a set of six and hold a standard votive candle. You can purchase over 70 votives here for under $25.
Price: $12.98 (35 percent off MSRP)
5. Glass Gold Chevron Votive Candle Holders (Set of 12)
Chevron is a popular way to incorporate a more modern and youthful edge into your wedding decor. The chevron on these is subtle and enhanced with a gorgeous antique finish. To help pull the design together, check out this coordinating table runner, these chevron favor bags, or even these festive straws for a signature cocktail.
6. Copper Flameless Tea Light Paper Wraps
Filling tables with decor affordably can be a problem, especially for larger weddings. More guests usually means spending more money, decorations included. One way to cut down on costs is with flameless votives and paper holders. You can purchase 24 flameless candles for less than $10, and with these paper wraps sold in sets of 48, each votive costs under $1, which is incredibly cheap. Many reviews remark on how sturdy these are, especially given that they’re made of paper. The wrappers are available in blush, ivory, white, black, gold, silver, and copper (pictured above).
Price: $16.97 (15 percent off MSRP)
7. Victorian Hurricane Lantern Candle Holder Centerpiece
One reviewer described these best, noting how they mix a few various styles. While their design is intended to be Victorian inspired (and the more ornate details certainly accomplish that), they also have a rustic feel to them given their white matte painted finish. These are substantial enough to stand alone, but neutral enough to be mixed with floral centerpieces or other candle elements as well. Check out additional Victorian inspired wedding decor here or more rustic wedding decorations here.
8. Lifestyle Star Mason Votives (Set of Three)
Mason jars are everywhere so it’s no surprise that you can also find mason jar votive holders. Aren’t they just the cutest? It would probably be overkill to include these AND mason jar vases, so we highly recommend choosing one or the other. The three mason jars come with thin metal hangers, perfect for hanging on a manzanita tree like this. Consider hanging these on the tree to display on your place card table and then again down the center of some rectangular guest tables for a cohesive and fun DIY look.
9. Speckled Gold Mercury Glass Votives (Set of 12)
It’s hard to find quality mercury glass for cheap, which is why we’ve included a few various styles on this list. These speckled gold mercury glass votives can be purchased in quantities of 1, 6, 12, and 25, with the price dropping per item the more you purchase. They’re also currently on sale for 17 percent off, a huge savings when it comes to beautiful quality mercury glass. The many five star reviews confirm the quality of these, with many past purchasers using them at their own weddings.
Price: $23.98 (17 percent off MSRP)
Best Wedding Lanterns
Like candelabras, the larger size of lanterns typically allows them to serve as the main attraction in your centerpiece. Smaller sized lanterns are best if you’re using them as part of a more involved tablescape with flowers or other candle elements. Be careful to read instructions carefully as many lanterns should be used with flameless candles rather than actual candles.
1. White Wedding Lantern Centerpieces
There’s oftentimes a more casual and rustic feel associated with lanterns, but done right, these clean white lanterns can be used with many styles. They’re finished with white enamel and come with a coordinating stand, great for tables. This set is absolutely perfect for weddings, coming with 20 lanterns and matching stands for all your wedding centerpieces. This comes out to just about $5 a lantern, which is quite impressive given the many high reviews. Check out these flickering faux candles , which give the illusion that they’re real with a melted wax lifelike design.
Price: $100.80 for 20
2. Decorative LED Black Lantern
While white lanterns are a great choice for a light and airy feel, darker finishes are more appropriate for evening receptions. Once the lights have been dimmed, the lanterns offer a warm romantic glow without being too stark of a contrast. This set is another great option for weddings, with the ability to purchase these gorgeous lanterns in bulk sets of six. These also come with a battery operated candle included so you don’t have to make any additional purchases. It also features real glass sides and will not rust or weather. These are also an awesome option for the aisle of your wedding ceremony for a double use.
Price: $94.99 for six
3. Copper Finish Iron Moroccan Candle Lantern
This Moroccan inspired style is unique and eclectic and is a great way to add an exotic flare to your wedding centerpieces. You’ll find similar styles in home decor stores for more than double the price, so if you are planning on buying these for your wedding, purchasing online is the route to go. The intricate cut out details and copper finish all help achieve a gorgeous display of light. Check out some of these alternative top rated Moroccan lamp designs and vary the lamps displayed on each table.
Price: $15.28 (23 percent off MSRP)
4. Rustic Decorative Wooden Lantern
Wooden lanterns are a classic look and depending on your other decor elements, they can be dressed up accordingly. These are a bit more expensive than some of the other alternative lantern options on this list, but they’re large enough to stand alone either as a centerpiece or as part of your aisle decor. They’re extremely well made, so they’ll stand the test of time in your home once the wedding is over. The lanterns measure 5.4”x 5.4” x 11.8” and easily fit a 2.5” x 4” pillar candle. For an alternative wood design, consider these rustic wood pillar candle holders.
Price: $33.62 (16 percent off MSRP)
5. White Paper Lanterns (Set of Eight)
Centerpieces that feature candlelight are attractive but there’s no better way to showcase a display of candlelight than with a hanging element. Paper lanterns are light and easy to hang, so it’s not difficult to find an appropriate hanging solution. They reflect light from all sides, creating the appearance of floating, glowing balls of light. Done right, the end result is impressive. These inexpensive and highly rated paper lanterns are already strung and lit from the inside for an another easy installation option.
Price: $9.99 for eight