How to Decorate a Candelabra for a Wedding

Flowers near the altar shining with candlelight add beauty to your ceremony

By Suzie Faloon

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Candelabra displays add an elegance to the wedding ceremony platform. You can easily learn how to decorate a candelabra for a wedding with fresh flowers and ribbon. The backdrop of white or black wrought iron, candles and a floral display will be a focus in wedding portraits, while adding ambience to your ceremony. The metal floor stands can be rented from a florist, party rental or may be an accessory that the church or venue owns.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Fresh flower wet-foam cage
  • Zip ties or florist wire
  • Fresh flowers with greenery that match your wedding colors
  • Handmade satin ribbon or lace bow
  • Kitchen shears
  • Sharp knife
  • Wire cutters

Step 1:

Soak the florist cage in tap water for at least three hours. Set it in a dish drainer for a few minutes to allow excess water to drain away.

Step 2:

Place the foam cage, plastic side down on your work surface. Use the sharp knife or kitchen shears to cut the greenery down to 8- to 12-inch pieces. Insert greenery stems into the back of the foam near the plastic base.

Step 3:

Cut several of the flower stems to 5 or 6 inches long. Insert flowers into the front center area of the foam. Cut and add longer-stemmed flowers at the sides of the foam. Firmly press the flowers into the foam.

Step 4:

Lift the floral arrangement and hold it in front of a mirror to check for gaps in the display. Set the cage back on the table, and add more flowers and greenery to fill the spaces in for a lush arrangement.

Step 5:

Pick up the floral cage with both hands. Transport the floral piece to the wedding site in a box or on a pile of newspapers.

Step 6:

Place a small sheet of plastic under the candelabra floor stand to protect the floor from dripping wax. Thread a zip tie or 18-inch piece of wire through each of the two holes in the floral cage. Have an assistant help you lift the floral piece and place against the candelabra stand. Attach the cage tightly to the candelabra stand with the ties or wire pieces. Double-check to make sure that the cage is securely in place and that the unit is well balanced.

Step 7:

Place dripless, smokeless candles in the holders on the candelabra. Add the ribbon bow to the center or bottom of the arrangement. Cover the base of the candelabra with tulle or a potted plant if the plastic shows.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Prevent a fire by making sure plant materials are away from candle flames.

About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a floral designer and a freelance writer.

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