From a banquet hall covered in luxe velvet to a seaside soirée draped in textured linen, general consensus says that candlelight is a must! For many years, candles have been a part of life’s most precious moments – whether it be walking down the aisle into the arms of a loved one or a celebratory dinner with friends a family, there is something magical about the warm glow and ambiance. As we enter the season of celebration, here are a few helpful tips and resources for celebrating by candlelight.
1) Go Dripless! In order to avoid damage to linens, chargers and the surrounding vicinity, dripless candles are a wonderful alternative to traditional wax candles. One of our favorite looks, the taper candle, is available in a dripless option. This removes the hassle from post-event cleanup as well as any worry during your celebration.
2) Enclose the flame! In some cases, a dripless candle is not available and you are required (or may prefer) to use a traditional candle. In this case, it is super important to protect the flame. Unbeknownst to the host or guest, it is very common to see something as small as a draft carry wax across the surface of a linen. Take precaution and enclose your flame in a glass hurricane. Another option would be to place a bobèche around each individual candle – a bit more tedious but a great way to rid the chance of anything spilling.
3) Snuff, Snuff, Snuff! At the end of the night, be sure to use a candle snuffer. Blowing out a candle is one of the easiest ways to spill on a linen. When you blow an open flame, you risk candle wax dripping directly onto the table as well as the surrounding wax spilling over. With a quick snuff of each flame, you avoid the risk of the flame reigniting too!
4) Hands off the molten candle! While it’s very tempting to quickly grab a candle that was just snuffed, let the wax settle and dry before clearing everything. Slighting tipping the candle candle holder or the surrounding dish can cause a catastrophic spill.