Imagine walking down the aisle and saying your vows in front of a wall of blazing candles. The soft light of the candles will illuminate the faces of the wedding party as the ceremony proceeds. Each flame symbolizes the light of a new life together. A scene like this will take a bit of prep work, but fortunately, candle sconces come in many varieties and sizes. First, you need to consider the size of the candles you plan to use. Votives are small and inexpensive, but you will need more to complete the effect. Pillars are an elegant option but costly.
Measure the wall where you would like to mount the sconces. You will need at least 6 inches between sconces side by side. Stagger each row of sconces. Therefore, if you have two rows of sconces, the first row will line wall with each sconce 6 inches apart. The second row will stagger the sconces so that the sconce will be between and below each of the sconces above it.
Mark the wall where you will mount the sconces. Keep sconces at least 1 to 2 feet below the ceiling and 4 to 5 feet off the floor.
Drill holes for the mounting screws. If you do not have a wall stud (a beam of wood directly behind the drywall) to drill into, you will need to insert an anchor in the hole before inserting the screw.
Mount the sconces one at a time to ensure they are stable on the wall. Check each sconce with the level.
Place the candles in the sconces after they are mounted. This way, you will not cover the candles in any drywall dust as you work.
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- Consider using unscented candles. It will take a large number of candles to fill a wall, and the scent may overpower the guests. Use metal sconces instead of wood. This eliminates the danger of the wood catching fire if the candle is too close to it.
- Never leave unattended candles lit. Metal sconces may become hot to the touch. Keep children and pets away from candles.