Home Craft Ideas for Lighting Wedding Vases

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Home Craft Ideas for Lighting Wedding Vases
Add some sparkle to your wedding with lighted vases. (blue vase image by Roy Simon from Fotolia.com)

If you are a creative and crafty person, making the decorations for your reception and ceremony will guarantee a personalised look that will set your wedding apart. Floral arrangements on tables, stands and the altar are common, so provide some unexpected sparkle to your flowers by adding light to the vases. With the innovative new products now available, it is simple to do, whether your look is subtle or enthusiastically over the top---and your celebration will shine.

Base Lights

Base lights are small platforms that slip underneath a vase. The top of the platform contains bright LED bulbs that illuminate the vase and its contents from below. Base lights are battery-operated, so there is no need for an extension cord snaked across the table, and they come in a variety of styles, colours and bulb arrangements. Some base lights even spin, providing extra movement to your design by rotating the floral arrangements. You can also buy vases with the base lights built in.

Light-up Inserts

There are many possibilities for adding light to the floral arrangement itself. If you're using silk flowers, tuck a battery-operated string of twinkle lights into the vase alone or with cellophane, glass marbles or shredded moss to support the stems. Speaking of glass marbles, there are acrylic versions available in spheres, cubes or crystalline shapes that will stack up in a vase and glow with their own battery-operated LED lights. Some versions of these lights are shaped like crystal gems and light up on contact with water, making them safe to use with fresh flower arrangements. Finally, you can add some spark to the arrangement itself by including branches or sprays that conceal tiny LED lights or fibre-optic wires to shine between the blossoms.


Candles are an elegant and timeless way to add light to a wedding. You can display pillar candles alone in hurricane-shaped vases or float tiny candles between specimen blooms in a low crystal bowl. Silk flowers should not be exposed to open flame---it presents a fire hazard---but you can slide a narrow vase containing a candle inside a wider vase and tuck flowers into the space between for a custom look. There are electric candles available as well, from small tealights that shine inside jewel-toned votive holders to large pillars made of wax that look like "real" candles.

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