There are many ways to make your wedding reception space look and feel inviting. Your choice of flowers, linen and tableware will all help to set the scene, but for added ambience, make sure you include candlelight in your scheme. Tea lights in votives look really pretty dotted on tables and will provide a flattering light for seated guests. For added impact, add a mirrored tabletop so that the candlelight is reflected.
While I'd recommend scentless tea lights for the tables - so as not to interfere with the taste and smell of the food - that's not to say that you shouldn't consider scented candles for your drinks reception beforehand. The candles should be lit in advance of your guests arriving so that when they do, they will be greeted by a beautifully scented room.
There are hundreds of scented candles around, but my current favourites are by fragrance guru, Cath Collins. Her collection includes six heavenly scents, including the light and delicate Wild Lilac, which would be ideal for summer weddings. If you're getting married in the winter and want to create a warm and evocative mood, opt for the Mahonia candle.
It's worth mentioning that not all venues are "candle-friendly", so make sure you do your research. If you discover that your reception venue prohibits the burning of candles, all is not lost. Cath's Scent for Living reed stick infusers are a great alternative and will guarantee your reception is subtly perfumed. It's as simple as filling the decanter with the fragrant oil, and then leaving it to be absorbed by the sticks, which in turn scent the space. Cath recommends mixing several fragrant oils together to create your own signature scent. Genius.
Check out the range at www.cathcollins.com (0844 815 7390)
Candles, £28 each. £52 for glass decanter and 12 reed sticks