Candlelight, especially over the festive period, creates such a magical atmosphere at events including intimate dinners, spectacular parties, romantic weddings and of course, scrumptious Christmas lunch. And we're delighted to share with you an overview of just some of the many candles and receptacles that you'll find at Nine Elms.
For thousands of years, candles have been used as a source of light and to illuminate celebrations. Did you know that the word candle has its origins in the Latin word candere meaning 'to glow or shine'?
A chapel candle is cylindrical in shape with a pointed head, like a pyramid. They're mainly available in ivory and can be found in a wide selection of heights and diameters.
Heights can range from 50-500mm and diameters from 22-100mm. For example, 265/50mm candles, as shown below, have a height of 265mm and a diameter of 50mm.
Whereas these 75/50mm candles are much squatter in shape, having a height of only 75mm and the same diameter of 50mm.
Chapel candles are available in other colours apart from ivory, however they usually need to be ordered as they're bespoke. You should allow three to four weeks for them to be ready. Here's an example of gold chapel candles.
A pillar candle is cylindrical in shape and differs from a chapel candle in that it has a flat head. This type of candle is available in a wide range of colours in varying heights and diameters. Here's are examples of gold and silver metallic pillar candles.
You'll find white rustic candles, plus an extensive selection of other colours too.
A tapered candle is also cylindrical in shape. Thinner than a chapel or pillar candle, it narrows slightly from a wider base to a conical tip. You'll find them available in lots of different colours from ivory, white, rubin red, dark red, turquoise and black to limone, rose baby pink, fuchsia, lavender, purple, silver and gold.
Just how wonderful is this new colour, sand?
And these magnolia, as in the flower, tapered candles too?
Household is how these tall and narrow candles with a flat head are described. And they're available in light grey and black.
If you're looking for narrow metallic candles, then check out these fabulous gold dinner candles.
Spherical-shaped ball candles are available in a range of different diameters and colours, including white...
...and rustic anthracite.
A tealight, sometimes referred to as a nightlight, is a candle in a thin metal or clear plastic cup or 'jacket', enabling it to liquefy completely while lit. This type of candle is available with different burn times, such as four or eight hours.
A floating candle floats when placed on water, due to its weight and round shape. Tubs of this candle type come in a range of different colours from rose baby pink, rubin red, dark red, lavender and purple to white, black, limone, turquoise and fuchsia.
They're also available in a larger size, in ivory and white.
Flameless candles, in the form of LED candles, are a great alternative to traditional wax candles. Looking very realistic, they're perfect for venues which do not allow naked flames. There are different types. For example, there are some illuminated by a small light bulb and others have a flickering flame.
You'll find not only tealights...
...but pillar candles too.
And some even have remote controls, would you believe?!
Candelabras, Candlesticks & Candle Holders
Now it's time to take a look at some of the fabulous candelabras, candlesticks and candle holders available at the market.
In white, black, gun metal, silver and gold finishes, you'll find candelabras with five and seven arms. And if you'd like a closer look at any of the designs, simply ask one of the salesmen to lift them down for you.
There's also a range of candle holders in varying sizes...
...plus candlesticks in different finishes too.
If you're looking for inspiration of how to incorporate candles into your work, we've gathered together some beautiful examples.
(Florist: Grace & Thorn)
(Florist: NB Flowers)
(Florist: All For Love)
(Florist: Larry Walshe)
(Florist: Veevers Carter)
(Florist: Tony Marklew)
(Florist: Amanda Austin Flowers)
(Florist: Kitten Grayson Flowers)
(Florist: Zita Elze)
(Florist: Shane Connolly)
(Florist: Rob Van Helden)
(Florist: Mary Jane Vaughan)
Whether you're looking for candles to put in storm lanterns for the entrance area at an event, to place in individual candlesticks at a dinner party, candles for table arrangements, tealights for votives, candles for candle holders and candelabras or faux candles, you'll find them all here at New Covent Garden Market!
We'd love to see photos of arrangements that you've made using candles and/or candelabras from the Flower Market. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your company name and website address. Or if you prefer, you could post your photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag us with @MarketFlowers. We'll then upload your photos into this section.
We hope everything goes smoothly for you in the festive run-up! If you have events planned over the Christmas and New Year period, here's a reminder of our opening hours:
Saturday 22 December
Open as usual
Sunday 23 December
Monday 24 December
Some wholesalers open
Tuesday 25 to Wednesday 26 December
Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 December
Some wholesalers open
Sunday 30 December
Monday 31 December
Some wholesalers open
Tuesday 1 to Wednesday 2 January
Thursday 03 January
Open as usual
Please remember that it's up to our wholesalers when they're open. So please check with them directly for the dates and times they'll be at the market.
Should you have any questions please do ask away below. As always, we'd love to hear from you!