Think of your dream romantic interlude. Does it involve a dimly lit room surrounded by candlelight, champagne, rose petals, chocolate covered strawberries and music? If so, you're not alone. Whether we read it in a book, see it in a movie or view a picture of a "romantic evening", the media often reflects this magical image to us. If you would like to create that same ambiance for your wedding, you can do so with a few simple (and cheap!) purchases of wedding candle favors and some accessories.

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Here are some suggestions to create the perfect atmosphere for your wedding or event:
1) Purchase either plain clear tea light holders or frosted glass candle holders for your event. Clear glass will reflect the fiery light of the candles and add a warm golden glow to your tables. Frosted glass will give off a softer, whiter cast to your reception decor. You can go for simple, cheap holders from a craft store or you can purchase more elaborate designs from a wedding favor company. Either way, know that less of a design is more as you want the candlelight to me your main focus - not the design on the candles.

2) For your reception centerpieces, select romantic flowers. Small short silver vases filled with red roses would be the typical and ideal mood-setter. But for a non-traditional and more glamorous appeal you can gather craft branches in white and insert them into a tall clear cylinder and fill with clear gems. The branches can then be adorned with miniature white lights or dangling crystals which will reflect the candlelight.

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3) A mirror underneath your centerpiece will also help the candles reflect more light remember with the right accessories, the less candles you will need per table.

4) Scatter rose petals across the tables and in between the candles. You don't need this to be a heavy or dense coat of petals. A light scattering will do. Sometimes more is better.

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5) Make sure to place candles in key locations around the venue: a hurricane vase with a pillar candle by your guest book, the bar area lined with tea lights, the head table with a candle at each setting, scented candles in the bathrooms.

6) Give a romantic candle wedding favor to each of your guests so that they too can bring a touch of romance home with them. You could also give each guest a book of personalized matches along with the candle favor.

7) During your champagne toast, ask the reception hall to serve a chocolate covered strawberry with each glass, or alternatively have champagne glasses with a strawberry in them.

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8) Remember to keep the lighting of the venue dim. The less direct light, the more romantic the location. If there is a fireplace in the location, make sure that is lit as well. Also be sure to speak to the DJ or Band and inform them of your decor. Perhaps you can have dim lights for your entrance and dinner, followed by a more upbeat lighting scheme for after dinner dancing.

9) Remember to keep the music soft, sweet and romantic. If you're creating a mood it isn't just about the lighting, it is about the entire package. You want your music to reflect the same feeling as the mood you are trying to create.

10) Finally, check with your venue and make sure that you can light candles within. Some venues do not allow candles to be lit due to fire codes and other locations may allow it. Before starting to plan such a wondrous event make sure it can be created just the way you want it!


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