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  • The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Your Wedding Color Palette

    Creative Candles teamed up with Lauren Palmer of The Wild Mother creative studio to bring you this guide to choosing the perfect wedding color palette. It can be quite the challenge, so we asked someone who is immersed in the creative processes of wedding planning every day. There is a perfect color palette for every bride, and there are candles to perfectly match your chosen color palette and style when you incorporate these elements into your wedding decor.


    I sit across the table from countless starry-eyed brides and grooms who are planning the biggest and most sacred ceremony and party of their lives. Many of our sweet couples take this job in stride, but many feel overwhelmed by the task. You would think finding the perfect dress, scouting the ideal venue, choosing your decor, or hiring a florist impeccably suited to their event aesthetic would rank as some of the most difficult decisions made during the planning process. But, from what I hear from our clients, the preliminary decision about wedding colors stumps so many. I completely understand this! Choosing colors sets a foundation and tone for the entire event; those shades of blue and tinges of copper are details that each hired wedding creative will ask about.  


    So, for those who are in the beginning stages of planning and have yet to decide on wedding colors, I’d like to share tips for arriving at your perfect palette.


    Be True  

    Whether you realize it or not, you make color choices all of the time—from the clothes you wear to your new duvet. It’s in these choices where your preferences lie. To find your colors, look around you. Be true to them as you create a palette for your wedding. Chances are, if you continuously choose certain colors every day, you like them a lot.


    Season

    Your wedding season is another great jumping off point as you decide colors. In planning, I have learned that it is best not to fight against any season or the colors it yields. Making the decision early on to honor the natural tones of each season will serve you and your wedding creatives as you bring together materials for this big event— especially flowers and foliage!


    Mood

    Keep in mind the mood that you and your wedding creatives hope to achieve. If you are going for a black tie affair, I suggest crisp, monochromatic colors. If you’d like a relaxed garden party, go for the colors that are found in an overgrown garden.


    Trend

    As I work closely with brides and grooms, I see so many who choose colors based on the most popular or most searched images online. While this works for some, I love to challenge my clients to do light research into their own unique preferences to decide on color. Being on trend doesn’t exactly promote being distinctive. Remember, your love narrative is as unique as you are. Your wedding choices should be, too.


    Venue

    So, you think you’ve solidified your colors and several wedding details are really shaping up around those colors. And then, you do a final walk-through of your venue a month before your wedding and it dons on you that the walls of your Art Deco-inspired ballroom are a vibrant teal color. You settle into a small frenzy because you overlooked this major detail before signing a contract with the venue, and definitely before choosing your colors. Now, you have to settle with teal as a key player in your wedding aesthetic. Don’t let this be your story! When you visit your venue, walk through with a keen eye. Notice the color of the carpets and walls; the color themes of the art fixtures; and even the tones of the grand staircase you intend to ascend for your bridal march. It all matters! If you feel the slightest bit uneasy, keep shopping!


    Trust Your Wedding Creatives

    As a wedding creative, it is my sincere pleasure to befriend and serve my clients as they choose all the special details for their weddings and events. My presence in the planning process does not take away the couple's ability to plan, while seamlessly nodding to their special narrative. In fact, I hope my presence in the process enhances all of the above.


    Lauren Palmer is the co-owner and Principal Floral Designer of The Wild Mother, Creative Studio in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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  • Spring Porch Decor Inspiration

    Give your porch a pop with this spring decor tutorial that shows you how to create a bright space that welcomes guests to your home. As the weather warms up for spring, people will be outside more enjoying the sunshine on walks or bike rides. With more eyes on your front porch, it’s time to dust it off and step up your decor. Find inspiration through this gorgeous front porch creation and style your own porch to impress your neighbors!


    Start with Lanterns

    Start with three large lanterns. Choose a variety of Pillar Candles in the colors of your choice. We recommend a classic ivory combined with bright spring colors like Honeysuckle, Petal Pink or Aquamarine.


    Create a Floral Topper

    While silk flowers can be a controversial topic, not everyone has a green thumb (us included!). And you want your welcoming porch decor to last through the whole season. So we recommend using silk flowers for this project. You’ll want to choose a good amount of flowers and greenery so that you have enough to create three separate floral pieces. You’ll also need floral tape and wire to hold your piece together.

     

    Creating a floral topper to decorate your porch for spring

    Begin by taping together a couple stems of greenery midway down the stems. One by one, add flowers of different size and texture to the taped greenery bunch, taping each flower in place so that you end up with an even bunch of greenery and flowers. Depending on what’s easier for you and your floral arrangement, tape or wire in your largest flowers to the very middle of the arrangement. This will cover up any visible floral tape or stems that look out of place.

     

    Creating a floral topper to decorate your porch for spring


    Attach Your Floral Toppers

    Once you created your floral toppers, it’s time to attach them to the lanterns. Using floral wire, string a piece through the base of your topper and secure it to the lantern. You may have to string several wires through the flowers to secure them to the lantern.

     

    Creating a floral topper to decorate your porch for spring

     

    Once all of your lanterns are put together, arrange them on your porch. Stagger two lanterns on one side of your door and one on the other.


    Add a matching wreath to the door and a “Hello Spring!” sign to welcome your springtime guests.

     

    Creating a floral topper to decorate your porch for spring

     

    We can’t wait to see what you create using our artisan-made candles. Share your styled spring porch with us using the hashtag #creativecandlescollective!

    Creating a floral topper to decorate your porch for spring

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  • Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Everyone in your Wedding

    Your wedding day is a day like no other. You spent months of planning, but you didn’t do it alone. By the time you get to your big day, you’ll have some very important people to thank. The bridal party that you chose to stand by your side and support you throughout your engagement, and your mother and mother-in-law to be are a few special people that you need to show your gratitude for. Here are some ideas to help you give them the thanks that they deserve.


    Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom

    Your wedding is an exciting and emotional day for not only yourself, but the mothers that raised you and your groom. These women are seeing off their children and watching you start your new life as a married woman. Thank them with something thoughtful and memorable. Maybe start by writing them a letter to open on the day of your wedding. Tell them how thankful you are for their influence in your life. Thank your soon-to-be mother-in-law for raising up the man that would become your husband. Thank your own mom for supporting you and teaching you how to be the woman you are today.


    Next, pick out something that she can keep forever. Something that she can look at and remember this day. A pair of earrings or a necklace are perfect for this. You can personalize it and give her a piece of jewelry with her birthstone in it. Choose a Cocktail Set in your wedding colors and tie a bow around them. She can burn them at home and be reminded of your gorgeous wedding day!

    Your gifts don’t have to be extremely expensive and extravagant. You just need to show your gratitude in a simple way that she will remember for years to come how appreciated she felt on your wedding day.


    Bridal Party

    Your closest group of girlfriends has had your back with everything from planning your bachelorette party to making sure you have a tissue to wipe away your happy tears. Thank them with a box full of their favorite things.


    You can’t have a celebration without a little bubbly, so put a mini bottle of champagne in the box. Fuzzy socks are always a good idea. What girl doesn’t love to feel cozy? Add in something to pamper your bridesmaid like a bath bomb, lipstick or a bottle of nail polish. Put a pair of Taper Candles in her favorite color into the gift box so that she can decorate with them or burn them on the side of a relaxing bath. Give your bridesmaids all matching robes that they can wear as you all get ready together the morning of the wedding. This way, no one’s hair or makeup will get messed up or smudged and a matching robe picture is a cute memory you can keep forever!  

    Again, these gifts don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Things add up fast when you’re buying gifts for all of your bridesmaids! Just find a few items that will make your girls feel special and cared for.


    Wedding Favors

    Your wedding guests also pay a special role on your big day. The crowd of people sitting and supporting your new marriage needs to know that you are thankful that they took the time out to come witness this day. Some guests traveled hundreds of miles for this one night- let them know that they are loved! When it comes to a gift that can please a diverse crowd, think simple. A votive candle that matches your wedding colors is perfect. You can get a box of 36 votives for $39.75 and personalize them in any way you want without breaking the bank. Add a tag with a phrase like “Let love burn” and attach it with a ribbon. Arrange them on a table that the guests will pass by at the end of the night so that they can each grab their own little “thank you”.


    There’s a lot to do before your wedding day and gifts shouldn't be your biggest worry. Take these tips and personalize them in whatever way you want to and show the most important people in your life how loved they are.

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  • The Importance of a Family Meal

    In recent years, the prioritization of sitting down for a family meal has drastically decreased. Having dinner altogether may seem unimportant when your life is busy. You’re driving one kid to soccer, the other to dance, trying to balance work and family, keeping the house clean and trying to squeeze a few hours of sleep in there somewhere. We’ve learned some interesting facts around the importance of sitting down with your family around the dinner table and want to share those with you.


    Health Benefits

    Experts have found that eating a family dinner is linked to benefits like maintaining a normal weight, healthy eating habits and fewer eating disorders when families eat at least three meals per week together.


    Children will learn to have healthy dietary patterns, like eating more fruits and vegetables and less fast food french fries and soda. Kids who eat with their families on a daily basis have a  healthier sleep pattern, are less likely to become obese and are more likely to eat healthily once they live on their own.


    Brain Food

    The benefits of having a family meal around the dinner table go even further than just eating habits. For school-aged kids, family mealtime is a predictor of high achievement in school, sports and art. Researchers have also found that students who ate a family meal at least five times a week were twice as likely to get A’s in school as students who ate dinner with their families less.


    Family dinners are strongly associated with positive moods in adolescents. Studies have shown that teens who dine with their families have a more positive outlook for their future, have a lower rate of depression and suicidal thoughts and are actually at a lower risk of developing a drug or alcohol problem.


    Talk About It

    Family dinners encourage meaningful conversation. More talk occurs during mealtime than at any other activity throughout the day. Young children are exposed to more “rare words” when they listen to their family’s conversation. These are words that are not found on a list of 3,000 most common words. Kids with a wide vocabulary are more likely to read earlier and read more easily.


    Shared mealtime nurture family relationships. Teens that have frequent meals with their whole family are likely to have excellent relationships with their family all throughout their lives.


    You Don’t Have to Cook a Gourmet Meal

    Now that you’re sold on the benefits of a family dinner, it’s time to make it happen. No one said that the dinner that you prepare has to be fancy and take you all day to make. There are plenty of healthy options that can be prepared in around 30 minutes! Season some chicken breasts and bake them in the oven, throw a bag of steamed veggies in the microwave and use store-bought rolls for the side. Nothing over-the-top, just simple, good food.


    Create a Space Where You WANT to Dine

    Again, nothing fancy here. But you will be more drawn to eat around a table that’s beautifully decorated. Find a bouquet of fresh flowers while you’re at the grocery store and light a few Pillar Candles in your favorite color. Or, line your table with Taper Candles and garland. Your dining area will feel more welcoming and it will give you a beautiful backdrop as your family facilitates meaningful conversation.


    Dinner is a time for your family to reconnect, share about everyone’s day, and even learn new things about each other. The power of a regular family mealtime will last far beyond the hour that you set aside for it. Your family will be healthier, happier and have better comradery because of it.

     

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  • Made for People, By People

    There’s something special about knowing that the products in your home were made by another person. Another person with their own background, family, hobbies, likes and dislikes- who walks into work every morning just like you. We value this idea greatly here at Creative Candles. Every person has a story, and every one of our candles has a story because they’re individually crafted by the hands of hard working artisans.


    Why should you buy handmade products? You can rest assured that the items you buy are ethically made by caring people who appreciate their craft. The artisans who make Creative Candles are highly trained individuals that are dedicated to providing customers like you with top-of-the-line candles to adorn your home.


    The key to making a gorgeous, premium candle every time is producing them in small batches. Rather than vigorously cranking out as many candles as possible, we choose to take our time to create our candles in an efficient and thoughtful manner.


    Mixing modern technology with the centuries-old art of candle making means that we are able to produce high-quality candles at a scale that allows us to provide candles to you, our customers, all throughout the US.


    When you hold and use one of our candles, you’ll feel, see and realize the value in a truly artisan handmade candle.


    Each candle from Creative Candles was made by an actual person before it got to you- not a machine. Someone on our 10-person team hand makes and meticulously inspects each one, ensuring that the candle that ends up in your hands is of the highest standards. Our people take pride in their work, knowing that they are producing a superior end result.


    Each person on our team, no matter their role, is focused on more than just production. We’re inspired by creating memorable experiences for our customers. We want to be part of your celebrations, the style of your home, and your gift giving. We love knowing we are creating candles that will light the most defining times of your life – everything from a quiet night in, to a major life event celebration.


    Candles are more than just an object to us. They’re a symbol of hard work, genuine care and collaboration. We hope this comes to mind whenever you are burning a Creative Candle.

    

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  • How to Spot a Quality Candle

    Handcrafting candles gives each one its own unique look and personality. A premium candle adds more character to a room, table setting, or event. We're giving you the tips you need to help you tell the difference between a high-quality candle and a mass-produced one. 


    1. Before burning your candle, look at the wick area. Is the wick nice and clean? That combined with a smooth shape and heavy feel, which shows the candle has been hand-dipped. Candles with sharp edges have been machine molded.

    2. Dipped candles are always a better choice over candles that have been poured into a mold. Why? Dipped candles burn more smoothly because of the multiple layers of wax that promote excellent, even burning.

    3. Check the color at the top and bottom of the candle. Creative Candles taper candles have the same color wax all the way through the candle. Many companies use a white base candle and overdip it with a layer of colored wax. You’ll definitely see the core when you burn it because the colored wax is just a shell around the white core.

    4. Quality, hand-made candles have different flames than cheaper ones that are mass produced in factories. High quality candles have a captivating flame that attracts your eye.

    A strong flame will provide a great flicker that is mesmerizing!

    A flame that is too small will burn for a long time, but it will not be attractive.

    A flame that is too big won’t have the right “flicker.” It will look more like a piece of wood burning and the candle will burn down quickly.

    5. Using a blend of high quality waxes effects the way a candle burns. Slow and even burning means a premium blend of wax has been used. Our proprietary blend of waxes and other ingredients in our recipe provides the candle with what it needs to create a slow, even burn.

    6. A high-quality flame will burn clean without producing smoke or soot. The size of the wick is incredibly important. The wick pulls the liquid wax up for the flame to burn. At Creative Candles, we use a very unique 100% cotton wick designed for taper candles. Our wick sizes are perfectly matched with our taper candle diameters so you get a clean, dripless candle every time you burn it.

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