Votive Placecards?

I've been looking for a way to incorporate candles into our table setting without overwhelming our centerpieces (or just randomly sticking candles around). Our centerpieces will be low; galvanized buckets filled with blue hydrangeas and ivory/peach roses. I think votives could work well, but I'm horrifically uncrafty.

Have any of you done this? Tips on how hard it might be (or links to places I can possibly buy these)? Also, what do you do for date's who's names you might not know? Put "So and sos date" on the escort and placecards? Technically, I guess that's a more general question...but it seemed relevant here so I'll try for a 2 for 1.
Posted on December 30, 2007 at 5:43 pm
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Here is a link I found, hope it helps!
http://boards.weddingchannel.com/message.jspa?messageID=3425671
http://grumpybear722.wordpress.com/2006/04/29/5/
http://www.diybride.com/2007/09/05/project-chalkboard-votive/
http://ezinearticles.com/?Make-Place-Card-Holders---DIY-Place-Card-Holders&id=758447

Or if you really are not feeling crafty:
http://www.liweddings.com/store/product/?ID=2323
Posted on December 31, 2007 at 2:52 am
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I love the idea of your centerpieces!
For candles, you might want to check out Martha Stewart's wedding website - just go to www.marthastewart.com and then click on "weddings." I really like looking at the images there to get ideas. But before you plan on having candles, check with your wedding site to make sure they allow candles or if they have certain requirements (i.e. no open flame). Also, simple is always better than ornate! So you can incorporate some ivory candles in different clear-glass candle holders of various sizes and shapes. If your centerpieces are low, go with taller candleholders, and vice versa.
Posted on December 31, 2007 at 8:23 am
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Thanks for the links! Looks like a potentially possible undertaking...although I really should check with my venue about candles. I didn't even think of that!
Posted on January 1, 2008 at 7:40 am
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You can get votives already filled with candles from Michaels...I think 12 in a box. And you can get 8.5x11 adhesive vellum sheets at Michaels...10 sheets in a pack. Measure the candle, make the design in Word or Publisher, print, cut and affix...VOILA! You can embellish with ribbon if you desire...SUPER EASY and doubles as the favor.

If you venue doesn't allow candles, you can still do it. Just get empty votive containers and but the battery operated LED tealights instead of candles.




Posted on January 1, 2008 at 10:10 am
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I love this idea, and it's very easy to do. Like Lori said adhesive vellum. When is your wedding? and what type of reception are you having? (garden,beach,ballroom ect..) and How many people are you having? If your still worried about D.I.Ying them, I can make them for you when I get back from my wedding. I return on the 17th of Jan. I'll design them and everything and work with you to create exactly what you want. If your interested let me know and I'll work on a fair price for you.
Posted on January 2, 2008 at 1:20 am
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Hi... I actually did votive placecards. The ended up looking much like those in She-1 and Lori's pics. I really liked the look of them in the end and found them to be pretty unique. They lit up the tables well as we had non-candle centerpieces. We also used Vellum, and it turned the placecards into glowing little lanterns. :)

However... I would still seriously caution you on these!! This little wedding project took a huge amount of our time.... even though we only had 65 guests! Because we didn't have a complete RSVP list with entree choices and also a seating layout until just before the wedding, it prevented us from really doing much work on these too early.

The trickiest thing for us: Even though the votives looked like cylandars (sp?), they were not perfectly straight! This seems like a small nit... but it made it so that the vellum and bands were not just strips of paper, but rather they were complicated "arched" bands that had to be hand cut from a pattern. The vellum was also difficult to put perfectly straight on the glass, align, and tape/glue. This was all very time intensive!

Oh, also... at the last minute our venue decided they didn't want lit candles being carried around. So we had to light on the tables. So we don't have a great picture of them all lined up, but the effect on the tables was still great. You may want to pre-coordinate that.

Anyways, looking back, I am very happy with them. We used colored/patterned bands for chicken/beef/vegitarian that tied into our color scheme and they really turned out well. But I do remember a point of exhasperation for several nights before the wedding as my DH and I put them together!

Good Luck!
Posted on January 2, 2008 at 7:09 am
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Adhesive vellum? Who even knew such a thing existed?! Gah, I am so uncrafty. :) I am definitely worried about the DIY aspect, but am hoping that with our small guest list it could be doable. I need to check with my venue this week; I know I've seen pics on their site that include candles both on tables and around the grounds...but I'm not sure what their exact rules are. If they don't want people carrying them, maybe I could use them just for places at the table and do a more traditional escort card to give people their table number?

To answer She1, we're getting married next August (08/10/08) in St. Helena. I'd definitely be interested in chatting with you about designing them once you have the time. At present, I don't even own a printer (well, technically I own two...but they are somewhere in storage cause we don't have room for them in this tiny house). We don't have a theme per se, but are going for a sort of wine country romantic type feel - without being overly "wine" focused...if that makes any sense at all. We're only having 50-60 guests (our list is at 52 right now if everyone shows, but I'm leaving room for last minute additions), so it won't be too awful many candles.
Posted on January 2, 2008 at 10:01 am
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Ok hull2be, when I get back we can discus this further. I already have a few ideas that I think will be just beautiful for a wine country wedding. I wont add a grape motif to keep it from getting to focused on the wine. I'm thinking organic scroll work to play off the curls in the vines,nothing to fussy, just a touch.And some type of an embellishment to finish it off. I quickly took a look at some of your photos, to get an idea of what you like and I'm confident I can create the prefect place card for you. Are blue and brown your colors?
Posted on January 3, 2008 at 1:43 am
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Sounds good! For now, have fun getting ready for your wedding! :)
Posted on January 3, 2008 at 6:23 am
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Will do =o) I'm so excited
Posted on January 3, 2008 at 11:56 pm
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oh my word! i think i just found our placecard idea!

Posted on January 13, 2009 at 4:26 am
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I wish I would have read this thread before my wedding. The votive placecard idea is so very cute. I love it.  And as for the guests whose names we didnt know, we just put down i.e Mr. Smith, Guest (meaning guest of mr. smith)

Posted on January 22, 2009 at 3:11 pm
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Soooo...I loved this idea and brilliant me ordered empty votives that I was going to put tea light in.  I ordered 100 3" tall votives....Do you think that they'll be too small?  I feel really stupid! 

Posted on January 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm

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