votives v. tea lights?

pro's and con's? brightness, longevity, safety?
Posted on March 5, 2008 at 2:21 pm
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tea lights are only good for 4 hours so I generally think they won't work for most parties...
Posted on March 5, 2008 at 2:31 pm
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What ever you chose- practice with them first! I decided to try the ones for the wedding on Valentines day and was totally surprised by the candles, some were CRAP! I'm so glad this happened at home and not at our wedding! I am a candle freak, so you can imagine I will be having them at the wedding! Anyway, when you get one, or chose a brand, try them out. I even got certain floating candles and the wax leaked in the water & they didn't last long- I finally found better one though. Sorry for the rant haha It just might help :) I know It saved my butt!

I'm also using those glass cylinders and had a problem with the candle/smoke turning the glass completely black. So I'm trying to figure out a better way/brand to get them to work. I'm I the only one with these tedious problems??? :)
Posted on March 5, 2008 at 2:39 pm
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ohh and to answer your questions:

- some places require your candles be fully enclosed with no open flame, so you would need to put the candles in votives anyway.

- You can alter brightness by the votives you chose (smoked glass/ colored,etc.) Also brightness can alter by the size of the flame, although the bigger the flame possibly more smoke at times (depends how many you have)

- Longevity depends on the brand, now that I have played around, some tealights do last longer then normal.

- Soy candles have less heat and can burn longer too! There just more money.
Posted on March 5, 2008 at 2:43 pm
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All very good tips! I would've never thought of giving them a test run.

There's a sale on votives at Michaels. I think it's $4.99/dozen.
Posted on March 5, 2008 at 4:17 pm
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You can get longer burning tea lights and votives from Jamali Garden and Candles4Less...I did this for our wedding since candlelight was the primary source of light on the tables at the reception.
Posted on March 5, 2008 at 4:42 pm
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Also, soy candles burn longer in tea lights AND votives. They also burn a lot cleaner and don't leave that black residue -- as well as all the soot in the air.

I'll be using them, and I get about 7 hours out of each tea light with soy.
Posted on March 5, 2008 at 6:07 pm
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miss.mandy where did you buy yours? Thanks Lori, I'll check out those links. I was thinking of the same Michaels sale Geoffygirl, hence the question!! HolyMoly, I'll be testing this week, thanks for the tip!
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 12:23 am
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I got 100 tealights at bed bath and beyound for 4.99 just a lil fyi
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 12:52 am
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Some of the candles that didn't work well for me & turned my glass black were from Michaels- so definitely test them....

TallMouse Craft stores also sells Soy candles if you want to try out soy...
Also where do you get your Soy candles from online? I'm looking for good prices since I need so many!

Has anyone bought candles from save-on-crafts- that online store? I was thinking of getting my floating ones there- they have good prices most of the time.
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 3:56 am
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actually you just reminded me,there is a lady who I buy my scented soy candles from she hand makes them and is very resonable... www.cwlight.com/simplynaturaltoo her email is kpoll19@msn.com her name is kelly pollitt
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 4:00 am
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Soy tea lights def. last longer. My test lasted about 6.5 hours....

I bought mine here:

http://www.countrylightcandle.com/tealights.html

Unscented...
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 4:06 am
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oh they can be unscented as well
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 4:48 am
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Has anyone tried covering the votive holders with paper to dress it up a bit? If so, where did you buy your paper?
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 5:11 am
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I think Marta Stewart had the directions how to do it on her web, they should day there. I'm sure Michaels or a craft store would have it.

You can also dress it up with Ribbon- my friend did that and it looked nice..
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 6:13 am
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Good places for paper are papermojo.com, hollanders.com Paper Source and Kate's Paperie

Jersey - do you know how much she usually charges for candles?
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 11:31 am
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I used tealights. They actually have long lasting tealights at Michaels for dirt cheap.
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 12:00 pm
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I love Partylite candles, they last longer than most, don't leave the black smoke, and burn cooler than standard candles, so you won't get burned by the wax. Definitely check them out.
Posted on March 6, 2008 at 8:48 pm
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Geoffrygirl - I'm not actually doing it myself, but I think these are pretty:



I made luminaria to decorate the deck of our reception venue - which is really just a votive in a paper bag with kitty litter at the bottom to weigh it down. I bought the votives at Smart & Final (24 for about about $14). I did a trial run the other night and they seem good. I agree that the trial run is important for candles - I recently got some tealights that totally crapped out after a few minutes!
Posted on March 7, 2008 at 2:45 am
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champagne - sorry I didn't see your message sooner... I got mine from another knottie and on eBay. But, you can get them anywhere, to be honest.

Here's a search via Google. But I did see some at Michael's I thought. Might want to call ahead.
Posted on March 7, 2008 at 5:09 am

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