Photograph – Claire Fleck


If windows are the eyes to the soul, then tablescapes are the eyes to, well, Gloam. Planning tablescapes is one of our absolute favourite things to do – which is lucky, really, considering we’ve made it our career – but we totally understand why it can seem quite daunting. After all, there are lots of components; and one of these is wedding table candles.


Photograph – Claire Fleck


And in fact, wedding table candles are perhaps the thing we get asked about most, namely: how many do you need?


How many wedding table candles do I need?

The short (and frankly unhelpful) answer is: as many as you like. But for a longer (and much more useful) answer, we’ve put together our guide on just how many wedding table candles you’ll need to make your vision come to life.


Photograph – Elemental 


20+ wedding table candles

We’re starting at the extra end of the scale, with the option for 20+ candles on the table. The truth is, aesthetically, you’d be hard-pressed to have too many candles. It’s more a question of practicality and over-crowding: whilst an abundance of wedding table candles are perfect for child-free, romance-heavy indoor weddings, they’re not so ideal at weddings with sharing platters!


Photograph – Lena Sabala


For Sharon and Alejandro, we kept the colour palette simple with tall white taper candles, but alternated the heights of the ornate brass candlesticks to add depth and intrigue to the styling. (You can see more here.)


wedding table candlesPhotographs  – Lena Sabala

10 + wedding table candles

Once again, 10+ candles is SUPER romantic, and most trestle tables can take this amount of candles without feeling overly crowded. 


Photographs – The Curries


As you can see, at Fiona and James’ wedding we spaced them out a bit more, and used multiple colours to give it plentiful, bountiful Renaissance vibes – we dig. Click here to see more of this beautiful wedding. 


Photograph – The Curries

8 wedding table candles

We’re willing to bet that before you read this guide, eight is a number that felt good to you anyway. And you weren’t wrong! With eight candles, you can spread them along a table comfortably to also allow room for other styling elements such as floral centrepieces. Avoid arranging them in 4 sets of 2, if you can; instead opt for randomly-numbered clusters, to stop it looking too formulaic.


Photographs – Claire Fleck

6 wedding table candles

An arrangement of six candles can act as a GREAT eye-catcher. Use tall thin taper candles to add height and depth to a tablescape: you’ll draw people’s attention in, and keep it locked.


Photograph – Claire Fleck

5 wedding table candles

Odd numbers are always great for candles – and for lots of other styling elements, come to mention it – as they look more ‘Oh these? Just casually put them there!’ than even numbers do. It’s elegant, yet effortless, and contributes to a stylish but laid-back atmosphere on the day. Place the candles at staggered intervals down the table, like we did for Matthew and Stuart’s, for ultimate relaxed chic.


wedding table candlesPhotographs – Caro Weiss

4 wedding table candles

When you’ve got loads of other decorations to fit on the table, like fluffy floral clouds or detail-heavy centrepieces, 4 candles make a really good addition to the display. Rather than being the focus, they’re an extra element to bring height and movement to already gorge tables.


Photograph – Lianne Mackay


For example, Nicola and Nigel wanted these beautiful bud vases filled with soft blooms on their reception tables, so we added candles that would enhance, rather than compete with, them.


wedding table candlesPhotographs – Lianne Mackay


3 wedding table candles

As the song goes, three is the magic number: it might not have been written about candles, but they can look totally magic. On round tables, using three candles of differing heights creates depth and a focal point to your table styling. We always recommend thinner candles for this, to ensure people can actually see the person sitting opposite them across the table. (And who knows? Maybe we’ve just figured out the solution for working out how not to view someone you despise over the table. We just keep giving.)


wedding table candlesPhotograph – Claire Fleck 


But they’re not just for round tables, either: as you can see at David and Hazel’s wedding, they look amazing on long trestle tables too.


Photograph – Claire Fleck 


2 wedding table candles

Understated and elegant, having two candles on the table is the ultimate in rustic supper club chic. They work super well alongside lower, shallower elements on tables such as boughs of foliage, punctuating the tables with a flicker of warmth.


wedding table candlesPhotograph – Elemental 


And with less competition, feel free to make more of a statement with them: we went with a gorgeous, bold pink and black candle and stick combo for Kevin and Paul, to accentuate those beautiful pink pops from the flowers.


Photograph – Elemental 

…or none

We know, we know – here’s a curveball! But tables can look beaut without dinner candles too. If candles aren’t your vibe, then that’s ok! We can work with you to figure out table styling that – if you’ll pardon the pun – lights you up inside…


wedding table candlesPhotograph – Claire Fleck 


If you want to chat about wedding styling (candles or no candles), then please get in touch here: we’d love to hear what you’ve got in mind.