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Need input on which candles to use

So, I got a bunch of www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30122986" target="_blank" title="IKEA lanterns">these lanterns to hang around the perimeter of the canopy/tent along with some tissue paper pomanders (not next to each other or even very close - they'll be about 3 ft apart, but both will be hung along the edge) and was hoping to find some citronella tealight soy candles (due to longer burn time) to put in them, but am unable to find any. 

So next option is to use citronella votives in regular parrafin wax like www.quickcandles.com/Outdoor-Votive-Citronella-Scented-Set-of-72-p/pm_1019_72.htm" target="_blank">these, but the ones I found are an orange color and I'm not sure how they'll work with the lantern - I want to avoid having the melted wax go onto the inside of the lantern but am unsure if that will  happen or not. Anyone have input?  I want a candle that will burn at least 5 hours. 
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    edited December 2011
    I think the ones from quickcandles will work just fine. I LOVE the lanterns you got. I'm also doing lanterns in my wedding. Small ones to line the aisle.
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    edited December 2011
    I love that idea! I was thinking of something simular possibly. I agree with dstolz that the quick candles will look just fine.

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    edited December 2011
    I purchased some votives from quick candles and they are really good.  However the burn time on the tealights had me wondering a little.  I am using Partylite only because I know they will hold up.  Check on Ebay....
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    edited December 2011

    those candles are big but i think they'll be fine. what is their return policy? if you get one and don't like it.. what will happen?

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    edited December 2011
    You're going to be the candle inside a votive holder and then inside the lantern, right?
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    edited December 2011
    Did check ebay, but I might check again.

    Sara - don't know, good question, but honestly, I'm not a fan of returning items I ordered online due to cost of shipping to return them.  But I will look at that.

    Melissa - no.  The lanterns have that little cup in the middle to hold the candle and when I measured, a candle with 1.5" diameter will fit, but if I have a holder for it, it won't.  I have thought about getting the empty tealight plastic cups (minus the candle part of course) and putting the votive in that.
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    edited December 2011
    Ah OK now I see it in the photo.

    After 5 hours of burning, wax will definitely drip down the sides and onto the bottom of the lantern IMO. I don't think it will affect your usage or anything. I've also heard of soaking candles in a salt water solution to make them "dripless" (more like limiting their amount of drip). You can also stick the lanterns in the freezer afterward to easily remove any wax.
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    edited December 2011
    Yeah, I was afraid of that.  And I have a feeling the little plastic tealight cups won't be large enough to hold the wax in.
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    edited December 2011
    If you are using a votive you def need a cup.  Have you looked at Michaels?  They are a little spendy but I think that is your best bet.  For a 5 hour burn time you need a votive.  Tealights might make it depending on where you get them.  The cheap ones will not work.  How many lanterns are you hanging?  PL candles are the best but can spendy.  My suggestion is to look for them on ebay or do a catalog show (I am always good for an order) 
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    edited December 2011
    How long do PL tealights burn for?  The lanterns are enclosed with a hinged door on the side with the cutouts on top for ventilating.
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    They burn on average 4-6 hours.  In my experience ( I am a major candle junkie) I generally avg 4 hrs.  I have experimented with many other brands and when it came time to buy them for my CP I went with PL.  I didn't want them burning out. 

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    edited December 2011
    Hmm...not sure if that's long enough - may still have to stick with the votives.  I'm going to have to check with someone for logistics.
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    edited December 2011
    I don't have candle advice except that it's best if they're not scented - gets weird with the food smells.
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    edited December 2011
    My best suggestion is to use a slender cup. 
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    Brave - if you were at my MOH's wedding a few years ago which is 3 days before ours, you'd want citronella around the canopy area. :)  I'm going to have floating candles in the CPs that will be unscented, but I want to keep the mosquitos at bay.
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    edited December 2011
    May I ask why you're concerned about wax getting onto the bottom of the lantern?
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    edited December 2011
    Selling afterwards?  I don't plan to keep 30 lanterns. :) 

    One thing DOC did suggest is the battery operated tealights.  Biggest concern with that is the lack of mosquito repellent smell, however also unsure of how a fake tealight would look in those lanterns since they are pretty transparent, regular glass vs. a frosted that wouldn't show. 
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    edited December 2011
    Most candles will liquify (sp?) when melting.  Especially PL.  Are you on the northend?  FB me.
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    edited December 2011
    Oh OK, like I said, you can just stick them in the freezer afterward and the wax will come right out very cleanly. Try it on a candle holder you already have. =) I wasn't sure if there was another reason.
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    edited December 2011
    Have you thought of parchment paper on the bottom of the lanterns? That way even if it does drip, you'll be able to peel the paper right off and it shouldn't be so hard?
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    MM - Southend.  And you'll have to forgive me, but I can't remember your real life name. :)

    Melissa - Good idea!  I just might try it!

    Dream - the lanterns have a built-in cup/holder thingie in the center and if parchment was put in it wouldn't be flat.  But it's a good idea if the laterns were a flat bottom!
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    I sent you a message through FB.
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    MM - just saw your FB msg - sorry!  :P  I deleted your reply for safety reasons. :)
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    Tygirl - you could put parchment in the bottom, just cut out holes for the little cup! :D
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_washington-seattle_need-input-candles-use?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:104Discussion:f6799133-285f-45d5-b0e8-d0e74eb5e631Post:0c258dc3-f541-43df-b96f-baacb899e50f">Re: Need input on which candles to use</a>:
    [QUOTE]Brave - if you were at my MOH's wedding a few years ago which is 3 days before ours, you'd want citronella around the canopy area. :)  I'm going to have floating candles in the CPs that will be unscented, but I want to keep the mosquitos at bay.
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    Oh duh- the mosquitos - I was thinking some citrus smell :P serves me right for speed reading. :)
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    edited December 2011
    I'm going to look into some other options.

    Brave - It's okay - I do it to. :)
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    edited December 2011
    I was at Fred Meyer today and they had citronella tea lights in the summer decor section. Not sure what you are looking for at this point though.
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    edited December 2011
    Thanks, Merry, good to know!
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