Joanne
Super October 2013

**No lit candles allowed at venue- Are you using battery votives?**

Joanne , on June 29, 2013 at 9:43 AM Posted in Planning 0 16
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Good morning!

So the anxiety is building as the wedding day is steadily approaching. I just find out that fire lit votive candles are NOT allowed at the venue....Oh No!!! So my planners come up with the suggestion of using battery operated ones instead to replace the votives (which were purchased and non-refundable :-( ) I have not really seen battery operated votives used at a wedding before. I am really freaking out and my anxiety is affecting my sleep.

Do any ladies have any images that they can share of their centerpiece displays before or after their wedding with these type of votives?

I tried to Google images, but I wasn't able to find any images with battery operated votives incorporated into wedding centerpieces.

Please help!

16 Comments

  • Vanessa
    Savvy October 2013
    Vanessa ·
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    I think you should be fine. They light up just as much as regular candles do. They also sell lights that can be put into water that lights up if you are doing anything like that.

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  • Sarah
    Super August 2013
    Sarah ·
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    We are using ones- and they flicker just like real candles- we got ours at bjs- but SAMs and Cosco should have them too- I actually prefer them(my fh, who is also a firefighter, almost set our table on fire at his cousin's wedding when he placed a program over the candle without thinking and it caught fire)

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  • Chrissy
    Expert June 2014
    Chrissy ·
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    I have LED candles from Pier 1. They look pretty normal to me. Like Sarah said, they flicker just like real ones. I would just recommend putting them into holders or lanterns or so,etching to take the attention away from it.

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  • Kyersten
    Super May 2014
    Kyersten ·
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    My venue is the same way, I am using battery operated candles where I need candles. They look pretty good, especially when they're inside of something (floating on water or in a vase or holder). I've even seen them in fancy restaurants! Try amazon Smiley smile

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  • The future Mrs. Cody H.
    Dedicated May 2015
    The future Mrs. Cody H. ·
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    Yes, because my family is clumsy, and so I am. I've heard the story of my aunt burning a hole through her veil too many times to consider real candles. I found adorable flameless votives on amazon. They have a tiny little wick (instead of a flame mold) and flicker.

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  • Buffee
    VIP June 2013
    Buffee ·
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    I used some for mine...I wasn't the biggest fan of them, but if its the only option, they will have to work...just try to camouflage the flame portion. It will be fine!

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  • ForeverMyLove
    Master December 2014
    ForeverMyLove ·
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    We went to a venue that did not allow candles. We decided not to use them.

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  • Laura
    Super October 2013
    Laura ·
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    I'll be having a mix of votive and pillar battery because I don't want to clean out the holders they'll be in. I will have normal fire tealights in votive holders.

    Attached are pics of the battery candles in their centerpieces.



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  • Marissa M.
    Super August 2013
    Marissa M. ·
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    Since we are discussing battery powered candles-has anyone seen ones that flicker white and not yellow? My votives are pink and it makes them look orange when the yellow light is inside. Anyone?

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  • T & Co
    Super March 2014
    T & Co ·
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    Led candles are me too!

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  • Sarah
    Super August 2013
    Sarah ·
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    I think I saw the white LEDs at joann

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  • Marissa M.
    Super August 2013
    Marissa M. ·
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    Were the flame/lights actually white? The ones I saw there had a yellow light.

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  • Joanne
    Super October 2013
    Joanne ·
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    @ Laura S- The candles look good! Do they flicker? We need to get candles like those for the ceremony and we also need the small votives

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  • Kelly
    November 2019
    Kelly ·
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    Its become pretty standard at venues, too much liability for open flame.

    The battery ones will look just fine! Smiley smile

    Marissa M, try looking for LED ones, they have white glow options.

    To add: http://www.quickcandles.com/Set-of-72-Flameless-LED-Tealights-White-p/1085_72.htm

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  • Celia Milton
    November 2019
    Celia Milton ·
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    It is becoming the norm, and the battery ones are just fine. The only deviation that I see is that many of my venues will allow unity candles.

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  • amanda
    Expert November 2013
    amanda ·
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    Can the battery ones sit in water or are there special waterproof ones out there?

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