I love this idea by Oh Happy Day. The candles will create loads of atmosphere at an evening garden wedding or any soft-lit venue after dark. Imagine each guest carrying a candle while looking for their table or seat - so romantic! In my opinion this project, or something similar, could be a lovely alternative for brides who are looking for an alternative to the traditional seating plan!
Source: Oh Happy Day
Unfortunately not all of us are so lucky to have a dollar store nearby and of course the idea of calligraphy on glass may also be a little daunting - especially if you don't have a very steady hand (like me)! I also know of venues where candles are not allowed because of the fire hazard or because the owners are concerned about wax dripping on the floors or furniture.
But that doesn't mean you will have to do give up on the idea altogether, as I have a few suggestions for you!
- If you can't find these prayer candles in a shop, buy votive candles in stead and simply change the direction of the calligraphy, so a guest name and table number will fit.
- You can also go green. (I always try to recycle wherever I can!) Ask family and friends to help you collect glass jars before the wedding. Simply soak off the labels and place a tealight or small pillar candle inside, if you find the idea of melting wax and adding your own candle wicks too intimidating.
- If your venue doesn't allow candles, or if you are concerned about safety issues, use LED lights in stead of wax candles. This option may be more expensive, but the candles can double as wedding favours for your guests to take home.
- If you find the idea of calligraphy on glass a little daunting print guest names and table numbers on transparent sticker sheets, cut out with a hobby knife and adhere to jars. There are loads of pretty hand-drawn fonts out there!