My Yankee Candle Bridal Shower Poem

You may be familiar with the candle poem for a bridal shower. The premise is that the bride and groom receive a collection of candles in different colors to light with corresponding events in their future married life.

I decided to put my own spin on this tradition and give it a modern makeover. I wrote my own poem and candle descriptions to correspond to events in a married couple’s life together and used Yankee Candle votive candle scents. The name of each scent corresponds with a special event. I also found this awesome votive candle holder from IKEA. It has been in stock since I used this poem for my best friend’s bridal shower in 2007 so I don’t think it is going anywhere! I love this candle hold because all of the individual votive holders link together and can form a circle. They can also be unlinked and rearranged so that as events happen in their lives they can rearrange the candles in order!

The IKEA candle holder is $8.99 for 12 candle holders. The votives are $1.99 each (keep your eyes peeled for awesome Yankee Candle coupons that come around seasonally). You can browse all the votive scents here.

A 12 candle arrangement will run you just about $33 which isn’t too shabby for a personal, memorable gift from the bridal it is fun for your guests!

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Check out my poem and descriptions below!

 Dear (Bride’s Name and Groom’s Name),

When two people marry,

Their lives link and become one.

Entwined, connected

A new life and chain of events have begun.


The circle of candles,

Represents the milestones and special days.

The memories that build a marriage

As you enter each new phase.


As you light each candle,

Reflect on your lives and marriage wishes.

Life is unpredictable

So feel free to change the order and make switches!


We wish you many years

Of love and good fortune as a pair.

Cherish each memory

In the new united life

You will share!



Wedding Day

  Light this candle on your first night as a married couple. Your new life has begun!


Mandarin Cranberry

Light this candle on your first Thanksgiving. Who’s cooking?

Christmas Cookie

Light this candle on your first Christmas together.

Enjoy it as you decorate and listen to Dominick the Donkey on repeat!


Midnight Jasmine

Light this candle on your first New Years’ Eve.


Another year together!


True Rose

Light this candle on your first Valentines’ Day.

Cupid would be proud!


Midsummer’s Night

(this scent can be replaced with any seasonal scent depending on when the couple is getting married)-

Light this candle to remember your first anniversary together.

Reflect on your first year together and your special evening one year ago.

It’s a  great night to watch the wedding video!


Home Sweet Home

Light this candle when you have officially moved into your first new home together.

Unpack later!


Whoopie Pie!

Light this candle the day you find out you are pregnant with your first child.

Then go buy out all the baby books in Barnes and Noble.


Soft Blanket

Light this candle the day your first child is born!

This is your first day as a new family.

It’s video camera and mini van time!


Vanilla Cupcake

Light this candle on your child’s first birthday.

Then clean the ice cream cake out of his/her hair.



Light this candle on your child’s first day of school.

You are your child’s first teachers.

Now you just have to share him/her a little!


Enjoy your years and memories together!

We will be with you every link of the way!



Your Family and Friends


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Zebra, Hot Pink, Black and White Bridal Shower on a Beer Budget!

I am a HUGE fan of using reusable materials for centerpieces. You don’t want to be left with a ton of expensive flowers at the end of the day, although flowers are beautiful. Instead, I prefer using things in the centerpieces that people can take with them as keepsakes. This includes jarred candles, craft pieces, lanterns and more. This shower was for my stepsister so I wanted to do something really special for her because she deserves it. We were on a tight budget but still wanted the day to me fabulous and memorable for her. Here are some of the  ways we cut cost without cutting out the beauty or memories!


The “flowers” are artificial gerber daisies which are really pens with rhinestones glued in the center! The pens were used during the games! The sand is reptile sand (way cheaper and finer than decorative sand, no odor and has more glitter and sparkle!), the vases came from the dollar store and the rhinestone hot pink gerber daisy is actually a magnet! The placemat is zebra print scrapbook paper from Michaels and there is zebra print ribbon wrapped around each vase.
Total cost: $7 per centerpiece!



Another shot of the centerpieces!

The favors were chocolate covered oreos. These were being sold online for $2 each and you had to pay almost $20 for refrigerated shipping! We made them ourselves (100 pieces) for $40!!!


My beautiful stepsister and her hubbie to be! I made this on Vistaprint! I bought a Living Social deal and personalized the invites, thank you cards, seating cards, banner and more for about $24!

My beautiful stepsister and her hubbie to be! I made this on Vistaprint! I bought a Living Social deal and personalized the invites, thank you cards, seating cards, banner and more for about $24!


I created a shower game where I superimposed my stepsister’s face onto a celebrity bride from each decade. Guests had to match the dress to the decade (1940’s-2010) and then guess the celebrity bride and groom. They received a point for each correct answer. I printed them in black and white to make it harder! This game was a hit and cost under $3.00! Facebook made it a snap to get the pictures!


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