Believe it or not, some venues have “no candles” rules. It is our opinion that this reduces their liability and keeps their insurance premiums lower.
In some cases, it’s the pure mess. Additionally, your venue is wondering, "what if something like this did happen?”…and so is their insurance company.
What’s a bride to do?
- Ask if tarping the area under candelabras will make a difference? If they don't have to clean wax drops off the carpet, they may let you have them.
- Ask about shaded/hurricane pillar candles and/or jar candles. These are both far safer than exposed tapers.
- Ask about mechanical candles. Some ceremony venues exclude messy wax candles, but will allow you to have have (rent) “mechanical” candles. Either way, you’ll probably need to make sure protective sheets of fabric are put under candelabras and other pieces that tend to drip.
- Stock up on LED votives and plan to use them, exclusively. Buy them early and look for sales and coupons. They are pricey little things.
- Research other lighting options.*
- Consider other venues. How important are candles to the mood you want to set? Is a unity candle essential to your ceremony, but unallowed, even at the altar? It boils down to what is most important to you.
* It was not until our wedding day that I learned our church windows opened. I’d never seen them open before (or since). The natural light from the outside was far superior to the normal look in the space.