Sunday, March 30, 2014

Candles at Your Wedding? The Fire Marshall Rules. (Los Angeles Wedding Planner)

My next wedding is at The Mark for Events, which requires a fire permit from the City of Los Angeles if you're planning to use candles (open flame, basically) in your wedding decorations. I was fairly certain that the set-up my couple wanted:

...wasn't going to work. None of the candles were contained in holders, for one thing, and that's a big thing with the Fire Marshall. I took this down to the office downtown, and sure enough, it got rejected. I made a (very bad) video that explains why, and how to make it right: 

To sum up:

1. No more than four candles, of whatever size, in the centerpiece.
2. Each candle has to have it it's own candle holder or vase. 
3. The flame MUST be at least two inches below the rim of the holder/vase.
4. A charger/mirror/plate is fine as a base, but each candleholder has to be secured to the base. Gluing it down works.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is in downtown L.A., 200 N. Main Street #1700, Los Angeles, CA 90012. 

Now, they HAVE to see it in person, in order to approve it and give you the permit. But, you can email them a picture to check that you're on the right track. Send it to L. Jennifer Cornejo at You can call her directly at 213-978-3580, if you have any questions. 

See you at the end of the aisle, 

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

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