24 Ingenious Ways To Make Candle & Lighted Centerpieces for Wedding Receptions

Check out these creative and affordable ideas to make candle and lighted centerpieces for wedding receptions. Light up your centerpieces to take them to an entirely new level!

An ingenious way to make candle & lighted centerpieces for wedding receptions. Food coloring and floating candles plus dollar store flowers and LED lights.

An ingenious way to make candle & lighted centerpieces for wedding receptions. Food coloring and floating candles plus dollar store flowers and LED lights.

Savvy brides know that stretching a wedding budget means having to DIY a few ceremony details. Nothing is easier to make and has a more stunning effect than lighted centerpieces for wedding receptions. Let’s grab a hold of a few candles, LED lights, glow-sticks, florals and water and create lighted centerpieces that will rock your wedding! Read this!

How to Pick your Lighted Centerpieces for Wedding Receptions: This is What Professionals Do

First things first. Make sure the lighted centerpieces are a match for the wedding venue and your taste and budget. Don’t fall in love with candlelight asking your ceremony and reception locations if they allow real candles or not! (But don’t despair! You just may have to opt for flameless candles.) Or with those romantic string market lights wrapped over your outdoor tables if the venue does not have enough electrical outlets – or they are too far apart – to achieve the look without shelling out beaucoup des bucks on a custom electrical installation.

If you plan on DIYing your entire wedding, try to avoid flowers for the centerpieces. You will not have enough time to make them all and have them look perfect in the few days before the wedding. Prepare them well in advance so you don’t have to worry and you can make a couple of them as practice. Test their wow factor by hosting a small dinner at home and show off your lighted centerpieces – but don’t fish for compliments. 😉

Pin spots are tiny beams of light to illuminate centerpieces, wedding cakes, etc. If your centerpiece primarily consists of candles or lights, pin spots aren’t necessary. So, there’s a little additional savings associated with picking lighted centerpieces for wedding receptions!

Check out these lighted birch branches on a stand. They carry 150 battery LED lights.

Check out these lighted birch branches on a stand. They carry 150 battery LED lights.

How To Make Your Lighted Centerpieces Look Like A Million Bucks with LED Lighting

Durable and compact, LED lights have paved the way for creative lighted centerpieces for wedding receptions. These stunningly affordable LED centerpiece ideas can inject a new dimension to your wedding decor that your guests will surely enjoy.

So, what is LED light? Short for “light-emitting diode,” these LED lights are more energy-efficient than regular lightbulbs and they don’t get as hot. They can also be wireless, which makes them even more discreet. LED lights are great for color changes and vibrant hues and when added to floral arrangements for luminous stems they will double as décor and mood lighting. You can buy them at the Home Depot, Amazon or at any light fixture store near you.

Create a tall and unique LED lighted centerpiece with luminous branches. Embed the LEDs at the ends of the branches to create a discreet lighting effect. Another idea is to glue crepe paper flowers to the branch creating the illusion of illuminated cherry blossoms. And don’t forget to have some fun with ’90s-style glow sticks! 🙂

Cool and affordable lighted centerpieces for wedding receptions. The step by step on the blog!

Cool and affordable lighted centerpieces for wedding receptions.

Fairylights even look pretty on the outside of a vase. Wired Fairy Lights by MarylinJ.

Fairylights even look pretty on the outside of a vase. Wired Fairy Lights by MarylinJ.

Great idea for an alternative wedding centerpiece. Weddings can use lots of lighting to bring a little extra sparkle!

Great idea for an alternative wedding centerpiece. Weddings can use lots of lighting to bring a little extra sparkle!




Candle Centerpieces: Stunningly Romantic & Affordable DIYs

So, your wedding venue allows you to use real candles, huh? Is there something more romantic than candlelight, ever? Pillars, tapers, votives, tea-lights are a great way to save money on wedding centerpieces! Check out these extremely affordable DIYs!

Alternating votive and taper candles is both beautiful and practical, allowing guests to interact across this simply chic reception table. The cylindrical vases will protect the candles from accidentally falling.

Alternating votive and taper candles is both beautiful and practical, allowing guests to interact across this simply chic reception table. The cylindrical vases will protect the candles from accidentally falling.

Inspiration for a table setting. Go outdoors and find some stones! Fill glass hurricanes with pillar candles for the same romantic effect.

Inspiration for a table setting. Go outdoors and find some stones! Fill glass hurricanes with pillar candles for the same romantic effect.

DIY candle holder: Hot glue twigs to a Dollar Tree glass votive. Let it dry. Add a flameless pillar candle. Voilá!

DIY candle holder: Hot glue twigs to a Dollar Tree glass votive. Let it dry. Add a flameless pillar candle. Voilá!

Bark heart lanterns are perfect for rustic weddings. You can get these candle holders at your local home decor store.

Bark heart lanterns are perfect for rustic weddings. You can get these candle holders at your local home decor store.

Fantastic Lighted Floral Centerpieces with Water

Add a stunning glow of light to your table decor with lighted floral centerpieces immersed in water. Use the flowers to hide the submersible battery LED lights. Place the light at the bottom of the vase to illuminate the flowers above. You can then place a floating candle on top of the vase. Our advice: use table mirrors that you place under your vases to create reflections in your decor.

If you have chosen flowers with long stems, pick a tall cylindrical clear container, place a submersible led light at the bottom and cover it with fake crystals. The light will highlight the curve of the flower and create an original centerpiece.

Lighted floral centerpieces with floating candles and long stemmed flowers. Check out the DIY on the blog!

Lighted floral centerpieces with floating candles and long stemmed flowers.

Tall cylindrical vases with water and floating bright red or orange flowers and tea candles. Discover how to make these stunning lighted centerpieces for wedding receptions.

Tall cylindrical vases with water and floating bright red or orange flowers and tea candles. Discover how to make these stunning lighted centerpieces for wedding receptions.

Mix and match some floral and candle centerpieces for an awe-inspiring look for your big day. DIY wedding decorations that will help you create your dream day for a fraction of the cost of getting it done professionally.

Mix and match some floral and candle centerpieces for an awe-inspiring look for your big day. DIY wedding decorations that will help you create your dream day for a fraction of the cost of getting it done professionally.

More Outrageous Ideas For Your Lighted Centerpieces

Mason jar chandelier hanging centerpiece by BootsNGus, $185.00.

We hope you got some great inspiration with this article and got to pick your future lighted centerpieces. But we are warning you, learning how to make candle & lighted centerpieces can be addictive!

Clear vases, lighted branches and pine cones... sounds simple enough. ;)

Clear vases, lighted branches and pine cones… sounds simple enough. 😉

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6 replies
  1. Janet
    Janet says:

    I will definitely make one of these centerpieces for my wedding. They are outstanding!!!

    Reply
  2. Yani
    Yani says:

    Love the idea of the votives inside the mason jars for my backyard wedding!! You are the best!!!

    Reply

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