Votive candles are a timeless addition to any dining room table. Add them to your centerpieces and dishware to create a romantic or formal place setting. Or use them outdoors during special occasions—just stick to battery-operated votive candles. You won’t have to worry about the night breeze blowing them out or creating a fire hazard.
Choosing a Scent
Most votive candles are made of unscented wax. But scented votive candles—like warm vanilla or cinnamon apple—lend a cozy feel to your home. Use a few, carefully placed citronella-scented candles outside—they’ll keep bugs away while you dine or relax. Stick to unscented candles if you plan to use them indoors on your dinner table. That way, the fragrance won’t interfere with your meal.
Styling Votive Candles
Whether you add votives to your dining room or patio, use these tips to create a personalized look:
• Try multicolored votive candle holders for a modern glow. Want something more minimalistic? Use short, clear glass holders.
• Line your mantel with garland and a few candles to create a festive, cozy scene during the holidays.
• Add some drama with tall votive candle holders. They work especially well on a large wooden table or in a dining room with cathedral ceilings.
• Place flameless LED votive candles on your patio dining set to enjoy your next meal by candlelight.
• Skip the table setting altogether and mount a hanging votive candle holder on your dining or living room wall.
Votive Candles for Weddings
Warm, romantic candlelight adds a soft element to almost any style of wedding decor. Place flameless white votive candles in and around your floral centerpieces to highlight seasonal blooms. Line steps or pathways with candle-filled lanterns. Or choose gold votive holders to add extra shimmer to a tabletop display. Choose LED versions for the longest “burn” time. They’ll last through the night—and then some—without needing to be relit.