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Welcome to Candles by Design

... specialists in exquisite personalised candles for any occasion

Personalised candles provide you, or the recipient of your gift, with a unique and treasured reminder of your special day for years to come ...

In the European tradition of candle decorating, Candles by Design takes great pride in offering you our unique, individually hand-decorated candles. Suitable for a wide range of occasions, they are embellished with ornaments and lettering crafted in wax in our studio in Auckland. In addition, we provide candles featuring your own photographs, logos, crests and typeset text, from one to hundreds in numbers. European craftsmanship combined with innovative New Zealand design!

A tradition of excellence ...

The business has been formed around the skills and experience of the owner, Brigitte Oberndorfner. All candles are created with a passion for style, quality and perfection. Whether traditional, romantic or contemporary in form and colour, every care is taken to meet your personal requirements. Please click here to learn more about Brigitte and Candles by Design. 

We decorate all candles to order, and therefore recommend you contact us well in advance of your event. However, we always try to accommodate urgent requests - contact us now to discuss your ideas and requirements. Some designs without personalisation have been added to the catalogue and these are available at short notice.

Customer Satisfaction

We're always interested in feedback about our products, service and website.
Following is a small selection of emails received from our many happy customers. To view more, please click testimonials.

"Hi Brigitte,

I received the gorgeous candles on Monday and they are absolutely stunning!

I wasn’t quite sure how you would arrange the wee ribbon around them and was worried the lavender will be a bit too dark but all my fears have disappeared.

They are truly stunning and a real keepsake. They look amazing on those candle holders and are just a perfect matching set.

I am so glad I found you and got you to do our amazing unity set and memory candle.

They were all very carefully wrapped and beautifully presented and I am soo happy with them. They are not just candles but a piece of art that can easily just be put on display. I could not have asked for anything better and more beautiful. It is matching our theme and colour scheme perfectly and I just love them.

So thank you very very much Brigitte for your hard work. You were a pleasure to work with. From the start, you listened to what we wanted and suggested arrangements to make it look even better and the results are astonishing! Your attention to details is fantastic and the whole process was easy and simple. Your replied to all my emails extremely quickly and the making of our little gems did not take very long. I will definitely keep your card and use your services again if I ever need candles for special occasions.

You are truly an artist and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful candles and contribution to our special day.

Have a very Merry Xmas and a fantastic New Year!

Best Wishes,

"Dear Brigitte,

The parcel arrived this morning and I've just had a chance to check them all out, Brigitte, they are absolutely divine! Im totally blown away, I love them! Thank you so very much!
They have all arrived in perfect condition so no worries there with the courier either.
I am so very impressed by your product and your service.

You were so accommodating and patient with all the too-ing and fro-ing with emails for the details I wanted. I didn't once feel like I was being a nuisance or inconvenience.
The pictures/design proofs were great, the beautiful and careful packaging make it all the more special to receive, and of course the final candles themselves, which are AMAZING.
Thank you so much again for your fantastic business and beautiful talent.
I will send you some pictures of candles in their ceremonies, but I think I'm too afraid to light them, they're too special!
I look forward to more dealings with you in the future and will definitely be talking about you as I'm fizzing about these!
Kindest Regards,

"The final product was more than we expected and we were so proud of it. My husband and I couldn't believe how beautiful [the baptism candle] was. A lot of people commented on the candle and a lot were saying they've not seen any candle like it before. We have passed on your details to friends and family who attended and asked about the candle and will continue to do so for anyone else who is looking for anything "candle".
We can't thank you enough, especially for taking our request on at the last minute and getting it to us well before the day (we received it on Thursday afternoon). My sister was still showing it off to friends and family last night who didn't get to see it up close on the day.
Thank you for making my niece's special day even more beautiful.
We look forward to doing business with you in the future.
Kindest regards and with lots of gratitude, 
Akuila and Johanna"
Lower Hutt

"My candle has arrived today and can I just say that it is beautiful!
I am so impressed with what you have done, the colour, the flourishes that match my invitations, all of it is so amazing!
I have been showing off to all my work colleagues and they are all impressed also!
I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you, dealing with so many different vendors during this whole wedding process has sometimes been quite stressful, but you have been great at keeping me informed and up to date, and most importantly, deliver on your promises and far exceeded my expectations - which are pretty high to begin with!
I don't think I can gush enough about how happy I am - thank you.

"Thank you so much, the candle arrived this morning and is beautiful - I will not hesitate to recommend you to friends and family, as I am so pleased that we ordered it from you!
Thanks again for the fantastic and efficient job!

"Thank you sincerely for the candles. Hayley is so happy with the candles and I admit they are more beautiful than the internet photos depict. They arrived safe and sound - great packaging. Thank you once again Brigitte and we will certainly recommend your company in the future. ...

We invite you to browse through the various categories listed at left and trust we will soon welcome you as a treasured customer.


Check here from time to time for new designs and announcements ...



Follow this link to the
NZ Herald article on Candles by Design,
published 7 November.

Monte Cecilia Catholic
School Re-Opening

Heidi & Rachel's mum kindly shared these photos with us

Stuart & Ula's gorgeous candle set features carefully matched colours, text and ornaments - as seen in BRIDE & GROOM magazine issue 78.

We are fond of this combined wedding & remembrance candle created for Beth & Ron.

Follow us to view Mira & Fergus' beautiful wedding candles.

This beautiful Candle Bowl features on our Remembrance Candle page.

Our very own BOBECHE (Wax Drippers) and candles are found under 'Churches'.

View this stunning 'Double Happiness' candle here.

This intricate pattern features on one of our latest wax columns, which stands almost a metre high! To view please click here.

For Sarah & Matthew's beautiful silver rose candle set click here.

We have recently updated 'Remembrance' Candles' as well as Memorial Candles for Weddings.
Take a look now !!

View Lisa & Antonio's special Orchid Candle and more stunning photos in the Gallery.

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