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27 Wedding Candle Ideas From Favours to Flameless

We have rounded up our favourite wedding candles, from decorative tea lights to flameless LED candles

Silver personalised wedding candle favours with eucalyptus

If your venue allows then it’s likely that wedding candles will play a big part in your special day. Flickering flames cast a romantic allure at your wedding and will look amazing in photographs. 

Pillar candles can be perfect for setting the ambience at your wedding ceremony, while tea lights can add a warm glow to your reception and fragranced candles are ideal for creating your own scented wedding day. Candles also make a cute wedding favour that your guests can take home with them or excellent choice of bridesmaid thank you gift too.

We have handpicked some of the best wedding candles – whether you are looking for where to bulk buy tealights, where to find flameless LED candles, or a thoughtful wedding candle gift. 

Candle Wedding Favours

Candle wedding favours are a lovely way to give your guests a token gift to take home from the wedding and they can also be used to decorate your tables. If you are planning on giving candles as wedding favours then you probably want to go for something fun or more personal than just a standard white tea light.

1. Wedding Day Votive - £2.49, Yankee Candle

Wedding day Yankee Candle votive

What better scent to give your your big day than Yankee Candle’s wedding scented candle? This Yankee candle wedding day scent comes as a votive, a tealight or as a jar candle so you can find one to suit your budget. 

2. Gold Tin Candle Wedding Favour - from £2.19 each, Hitched Shop 

Personalised gold tin wedding favour with a wreath and initial design

These small tea lights are enclosed within a gorgeous gold tin and decorated with a trendy botanical themed initial design. They are made from natural vegetable wax and are unscented. Reviews state to be mindful that these candle wedding favours come with self-application stickers so you'll need to spend a few minutes placing these on. 

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3. Rustic Candle Wedding Favour - from £1.04, Etsy 

Wooden rustic wedding candle favours

If you're tying the knot at a rustic wedding venue, these wooden wedding favours are an ideal pick. You can choose from tons of different dried flower colours to match your wedding theme and add a personalised thank you message. 

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4. Personalised Wedding Favour Candles - £8.95, Little Karma Co. Ltd

Black and green personalised wedding candle favour on a table place mat with eucalyptus

For stylish candle wedding favours, look to these minimalistic jars. They can be made completely bespoke with initials, photos and slogans, plus you can pick a beautiful scent. You also have the option to be sent a sample before you commit to buying in bulk. 

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Church and Pillar Wedding Candles

Church and pillar candles can be a beautiful (and affordable) way to enhance your wedding décor. Tall glowing pillar candles can transform the feel of a room and you may find that providing your own pillar candles is cheaper than having your venue or florist provide them for you.

5. Charles Farris Altar Pillar Candle - £14, John Lewis

If you are looking for authentic church inspired pillar candles then this style from Charles Farris – available at John Lewis – is perfect. They come in small and large so you can add a mix of sizes and create a pretty glowing ambience.

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6. Unscented Pillar Candles – £18.79, Amazon

Pack of pillar candles

If you plan on using a lot of pillar candles then buying them in bulk may be the more affordable option. This pack of 20 ivory pillar candles from Amazon works out at less than £1 per candle. They are unscented and have a burn time of more than 13 hours so can be used all day. 

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7. Rustic Pillar Candle – £5, John Lewis

If you want your pillar candles to add to your colour scheme then this stylish candle from John Lewis comes in copper, silver, red and ivory, so you can choose something to blend with your colour scheme – we particularly love the copper version!

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Wedding Tea Lights and Votives

Having wedding tea lights in your ceremony and on your reception tables can really enhance the room, add a glowing feel and some soft flattering lighting. If your venue allows tealights on your wedding reception tables then it’s also a great way to add to your décor without blowing your budget.

8. Seychelles Tea Lights – £18, The White Company

If you are looking for a tea light with a luxury feel and a gorgeous scent then the Seychelles tealights from The White Company will be perfect for you. You can also buy the same scent in larger candles and a room fragrance.

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9. Long Burn Tea Lights – £18.49, Amazon

Long burn tea light pack

After affordable tea lights you can buy in bulk? Head to Amazon! Available as a pack of 90 for less than £20, they are perfect if you are planning a wedding on a budget. They have a 100% cotton wick for a clean burn. 

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READ MORE: How to Plan a Wedding on a £5,000 Budget

10. Christmas Spice Tea Lights – from £5.49, Etsy 

Christmas spice wedding tea lights

Candles for a wedding are naturally ideal for celebrations in the colder months. These Christmas spice tea lights will fill the entire room with the sweet smell of cinnamon, clove, jasmine and cardamom. They are vegan friendly and made from soy wax. 

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Flameless Wedding Candles

If your wedding venue doesn’t allow candles then don’t despair! You can still create that glowing ambience by using LED candles. Faux candles have really improved in style over time, you can even buy ones that look as though they have melting wax and from a distance your guests will never know the difference.

11. Flameless Tea Lights – £9.99, Amazon

Flameless tea lights with wax details next to a Christmas tree

These flameless tea lights from Amazon offer 18 hours of flickering candlelight so you can feel confident they will be twinkling all day and they would fit perfectly into tea light holders. They emit a warm white glow. 

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12. Luminara Outdoor LED Candle – £44.99, John Lewis

LED candles outside at sunset by a waterfront

If you are searching fake candles to use in your wedding ceremony then this LED flame candle from John Lewis is about as close to the real thing as you can get. The flickering light gives the appearance of a real candle and your guests will never know.

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13. Battery Operated Pillar Candle – £12.99, Amazon

Pillar faux candles on a bed of fake snow

For an LED candle that looks just like the real thing, this flame effect style from Amazon is ideal – it even gives the appearance of wax dripping down as it has melted. They have a 6 hour timer function so you can turn them on a enjoy your day. 

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14. Flameless LED Taper Candle Set – £13, Hitched Shop 

Gold and white ombre flameless wedding candlesticks

These gold ombre flameless candles will be a chic addition to your wedding day décor. The flame will flicker which looks seriously realistic and they are crafted from real wax. Reviews state that they look even prettier in person. 

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Personalised Wedding Candles

Whether you are looking for a candle to give as a wedding thank you gift or a personalised candle to feature in your wedding day, our pick of personalised wedding candles would be perfect.

15. Personalised Candle – £13.50, Lollyrocket Candle Co

Personalised 'let the adventure begin' candle

We think this candle from Lollyrocket Candle Co would be a beautiful wedding gift for a couple getting married or for your head table on the big day. Personalise the label with the name of the couple and the wedding date.

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16. Personalised Arrow Scented Candle – £20, Tillie Mint Loves

Silver personalised wedding candles

We adore this romantic scented candle from Tillie Mint Loves – it can be personalised with the couple’s names and wedding date then you can also add gift wrapping and a tag to make it extra special.

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17. Happily Ever After Personalised Unity Candle – £50, Hitched Shop

Happily ever after personalised white unity candle

A single flame at a wedding symbolises the joining of two people who have chosen to share a life together - this unity candle perfectly signifies this and is designed with a beautiful 'and they lived happily ever after' message. 

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18. Hand Painted Flower Candles – £13, Etsy

Hand painted flower wedding candlesticks

Hand painted candles are a really trendy choice for your wedding table décor - we're obsessed! These pretty floral candlesticks will look gorgeous at a spring or summer wedding and are a finishing touch we reckon your wedding guests won't have seen before. 

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Scented Wedding Candles

Are you using candles to create a beautiful scent on your wedding day? Scented candles will subtly fill the room and you will be reminded of your wedding day whenever you relight them.

19. Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Scented Candle – £55, John Lewis

If you are looking for a scented wedding candle that will hold its fragrance all day then a Jo Malone candle from John Lewis will be exactly what you have been looking for. You can then enhance the scent even further by also using the matching room spray.

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20. Fresh Cut Roses Scented Candle – Yankee Candle

Pink fresh cut roses Yankee Candle

The fresh cut roses candle from Yankee Candle offers a beautiful floral scent and we think it's a great choice if you are having a summer wedding. Your guests will instantly bit hit by the scent of light and fresh blooms as soon as they step into the room. 

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21. Wild Rhubarb Botanical Candle – £32, The White Company

If you are looking for a wedding candle with a sweet scent then this wild rhubarb botanical candle from The White Company will be perfect. Reviews say that it has a relaxing ambience and looks as divine as it smells. 

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Wedding Candle Gifts

Whether it’s a gift for the happy couple or a gift for your wedding party, a candle is a lovely present idea and you can have often have it personalised or scented to suit the recipient.

22. Mother of the Bride Candle Holder – £18, Mirrorin

Wooden mother of the bride candle

If you are a couple looking for gifts for the wedding party then these engraved candle holders are a lovely reminder of your special day. See more mother of the bride gifts and mother of the groom gifts here. 

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23. Woody Home Gift Set – £133, Jo Malone

Jo Malone gift set with a heart box, candle and diffuser

This elegant candle and diffuser set from Jo Malone would be a perfect gift for the couple who have everything. The heart gift box is simply made to gift for a wedding and the woody scent is a fail-safe choice. 

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24. Personalised Wedding Candle Gift – £21, Kindred Fires 

Personalised wedding candle 'this candle smells like you just got married'

For a playful twist on a wedding candle gift, this pick from Kindred Fires is perfect. Not only does it look so chic and stylish, it's a really thoughtful idea as it is labelled with their wedding date, venue and special message from you. 

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25. Mrs & Mrs Personalised Wedding Candle – £14.99, Arrow Gift Co

Mrs and Mrs personalised wedding candle gift

How adorable is this illustrated wedding candle? Choose from four different scents (coffee mocha sounds amazing!) and customise with the couple's names and wedding date. It's simple and super sweet. 

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26. Marriage Definition Candle – from £18.99, Etsy

Marriage definition wedding candle gift

If the couple you are buying for have a great sense of humour, this marriage definition candle will give them a giggle. There are several scents available so you can pick their favourite fragrance and you can even upgrade this gift to be a hamper!  

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27. Map Wedding Candle Gift – from £14.99, Etsy

Map wedding candle gift

Remind the happy couple of their special wedding venue with this map candle. It highlights the exact location that they said 'I do' and we're sure they'll love it. Choose from scents such as secret beach and winter forest to match the destination. 

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How Many Candles Per Table at a Wedding?

The general rule of thumb is to have three candles per table at a wedding but this depends upon how you intend to use the candles. Are they solely there to create ambience or are you using them as a light source? Have enough to make sure they create your desired effect, without looking overly busy or getting in the way. 

For smaller candles, such as tea lights, you'll need to use more if they are the main attraction. Using candles of differing heights can create depth to your table styling and make a magical focal point. 

How to Make Wedding Candles?

You can save money on your wedding candles by making you own! A candle making kit is perfect for beginners as it'll come with all the equipment you'll need, including wax, tins and stickers. It's such a fun activity to do with your partner in the run-up to your wedding, or you could even get some guests in on the action too! 

If you need a little more guidance on how to make wedding candles, follow this step-by-step video below. 

Is a Candle a Good Wedding Gift?

A candle is an excellent wedding gift as it is both practical and pretty. You can customise the scent to match their personalities, or make it extra special with a design that nods to their wedding day such as with date or venue details.

If the happy couple have recently moved into a new home, a candle will be the perfect addition to their interiors. 

What Does Wedding Day Yankee Candle Smell Like?

The Wedding Day Yankee Candle smells like a soothing blend of fruits and florals. With notes of citrus, rose and sweet musk, it is the ideal combination of a fresh fragrance with a romantic, woody finish. 

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