I am using tealights as a part of my centerpieces. I don't want to have to spend a ton of money on them. So I, of course, went to Dollar Tree. I found two options.
First, Luminessece unscented white tealight candles in a 16 count bag. Of course, they were a dollar.
The other option was an 8 count box of Luminessence vanilla tealights. Again, a dollar.
I tried them out tonight. I wanted to determine how long they would last. I wanted to see if I could get away with paying half the price.
The 16 count bag candles only lasted about 2 hours. They definitely will not last for the amount of time that I need for the reception. The 8 count bag candles lasted about 5 hours. That's more like it!
I know you might be tempted for tealights at half the cost, but unless you want to be lightless at 2 hours in or have to replace all of the tealights in the middle of your reception, I think it's best to use the 8 count box.
Of course, I'm going to continue to look for deals. Maybe I'll find some tealights that will last even longer or for less money. We will see!