If you know me, or know my work, you probably know that I’m obsessed with floating candle centerpieces. I even have a Pinterest board devoted entirely to the subject.
There is just something about them that is classic yet a little edgy – (could that be the potential fire hazard? I joke!) and I find myself gravitating to them a lot these days. That’s not to say I always use them at events I design – and I definitely don’t use them in my own home decor. I feel like that would be a little weird (but no judgement if you’re reading this by floating candlelight in your living room!).
They do have their pros and cons. Pros: Beautiful. They can be low cost – you can sink a lot of different things, not just flowers. For the holidays, sunken pine cones topped with a floating candle are an affordable alternative to floral arrangements.
This was a test run I did for an arrangement for a holiday party – for the event I used fewer pinecones so they floated more
You can sink a single stem of a more expensive bloom, like a lily, thus getting more bang for your buck.
Even baby’s breath – a very affordable option – looks great while submerged.
The gerber daisies I used on this arrangement for the America’s Future Foundation gala were a nice hardy stem that doesn’t cost too much but stands up well floating in water (next to a candle or two).
Cons: They can be high-maintenance. Sometimes the candles move where you don’t want them to go. Sometimes the candles tip over – due to an air vent run amok or a rowdy (or bored) guest. Sometimes the items you submerge start to disintegrate, or otherwise can’t hold up to being submerged for so long.
I’ve learned that you just need to test whatever you want to try and test it for a few hours. Keep checking on it to see how it does – and to test how long those floating candles really burn.
I’ve probably put more thought into floating candle centerpieces than most, but I think there are a beautiful, cost-effective option for a wedding or special event.
What do you think? Will you be floating candles in your punch bowl at your next party?
Photo credits: Photo 1 – Photo via Wedding Star | Photo 3 – Photo via Wedding to Be – this link includes instructions on how to DIY this arrangement | Photo 4 – Photo via Wedding Bee | Photo 5 – Photo via America’s Future Foundation