How to decorate a wedding with wine glasses & candles

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How to decorate a wedding with wine glasses & candles
The sparkle of wineglasses provides a romantic backdrop. (wine glasses image by Galina Barskaya from

Wine-themed weddings are an increasingly popular choice for couples who share a love of wine or just like an extra touch of romance. In many cultures, wine is a symbol of luxury, elegance and celebration. Wineglasses create an atmospheric backdrop for any wedding, especially when accompanied by the romantic glow of candlelight. Whether for the altar, the seating area or the reception hall, wineglass-and-candle decorations are typically inexpensive, attractive and easy to create.

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Things you need

  • Wine glasses
  • Tea lights or votive candles
  • Floating candles
  • Pebbles or sand
  • Glitter
  • Paper plates
  • Hot glue gun
  • Food colouring
  • Water

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    Select wineglasses that fit your overall decorating scheme. For instance, you may prefer playful wineglasses with long stems or a more traditional silhouette. Clear wineglasses work well, but depending on your colour scheme you may prefer tinted glasses, such as burgundy or navy blue.

    How to decorate a wedding with wine glasses & candles
    A light tint of colour adds extra vibrancy to your wine decor. (wine glass image by timur1970 from
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    Place a small tea light or votive candle inside each wineglass, with the wick facing upward. White candles create a classic look, but you may want to play around with colour scheme and the size and shape of the candle.

    How to decorate a wedding with wine glasses & candles
    Votive candles are available at many craft stores. (candle 2 image by Igor Pashin from
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    Pour pebbles or sand into the wineglass to anchor the candle in place. Use pebbles or sand that complement the overall colour scheme. Fill the wineglass so that most of the candle is still visible or so that only the wick shows, depending on preference.

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    Pour glitter onto a paper plate. Depending on how much glitter you want on the finished candleholder rim, use a light dusting or a thick layer.

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    Spread a line of glue around the rim of a wineglass, using a hot glue gun for best results.

    How to decorate a wedding with wine glasses & candles
    Be sure to draw a line of glue thoroughly around the rim. (wine glass edge image by VisualEyez from
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    Press the wineglass against the paper plate, holding the glass upside down so that the rim is resting in the glitter. The glitter should adhere to the layer of glue.

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    Affix embellishments around the side of the glass. Look for embellishments that fit the overall theme of your wedding, such as stars, beads or the couple's initials. Use a hot glue gun to place a dot of glue on the side of the glass and then press the embellishment or decoration against the glue.

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    Fill the wineglass halfway with water. Wait until the glue has dried completely. Add a drop of food colouring in a shade that complements your overall colour scheme.

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    Place a floating candle on the surface of the water inside each glass.

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    Consider your colour scheme with care. For a wine-themed wedding, subtle and rich colours such as burgundy, maroon, cream, gold, navy blue and forest green are suitable. These colours should be reflected in the wineglasses and candles.

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    Intersperse wineglass candleholders with other wine glasses and candles. For instance, on reception tables, place the wineglass candleholders in between taper or pillar candles. Include wineglasses holding wedding favours.

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    Surround the candleholders with wreaths and floral embellishments. Grapevine decorations or floral decorations in complementary colours provide a decorative framework and background for the candleholders.

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    Use the candles as lighting. For an outdoor or evening wedding, use the wineglass candleholders as the sole illumination during part of the ceremony. Or keep the main lights low so that the candles provide most of the light.

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