Wedding lighting is such a perfect way to bring a magical atmosphere to a wedding. But let’s not forget, it’s a practical addition too. After all, we all want to be able to see the gorgeous spaces and each other at a wedding.
However, there are so many options it can get overwhelming. This is why I am here to the rescue with 43 enchanting wedding lighting ideas. From outdoor fairy lights to indoor festoon lighting and candlelight, I have you covered.
Wedding Lighting Top Tips
Before we dive into all the pretty lighting ideas, how about thinking about the practicalities?
Some wedding venues may provide lighting already in their spaces, while others may be more of a blank canvas. If your venue doesn’t have lighting, speak to them about what they do or don’t allow lighting-wise. Some venues can’t have real lit candles for example, while others may not be able to hang lights where you envision them.
So before you set your heart on your lighting concept, ask your venue what the constraints are and where you can have them. You will need to consider power points, whether your lighting is weather-proof and where wires will be safe.
Where To Put Lighting
Do a venue recce and look around for places where you may actually need additional lighting. Dark spaces or perhaps existing lighting which is too stark and artificial just isn’t going to create the vibe you are looking for. Note down these areas before thinking about lighting solutions.
It may sound obvious, but it may be worth looking at your venue in light and dark conditions. Come evening wedding lighting comes into its own, so it’s worth scouting out your spaces.
If your venue hosts a fair few weddings, look at images from past weddings. You can see what has been possible and what will work in the space you are working with. It may just spark a new idea for your lighting too.
If your wedding photographer and wedding filmmaker don’t mind, try asking them for their opinion on lighting. They are experts in photography lighting and may have a suggestion on how to improve conditions, especially for your wedding photos.
Consider highlighting areas you wish to draw your guests towards. For instance, your guest book, cake table or sweetie bar can be lit to make them stand out. Your wedding centrepieces are a good place to be enhanced with thoughtful lighting.
Aside from focused lighting, there is the option for venue-wide lights. For example, the ceiling, the walls, your aisle or outdoor spaces can look gorgeous with extra lights.
Consult your wedding lighting provider if you are hiring your wedding decor. They are the experts and will be there to guide you through the whole process as well as advise on best placement and practice.
There are so many lighting options, which you are going to get to see many of in situ below. Here are some of the different lighting types you can think about:
Pea Light Curtains
It’s also worth noting that you may not actually need any extra lighting at all. If your budget is tight, don’t sweat it. You don’t need to have every detail and decor item you see online in your wedding planning adventures.
Magical Wedding Lighting Ideas
Now we have the practical side of things sorted, let’s take a look at all the gorgeous wedding light inspiration shall we?
1. Barn Festoons & Fairy Lights
Mix fairy lights with festoon lights for a gorgeous mismatched style.
2. Hanging Table Tea Lights
3. Outdoor Seating Area Lighting
Create a cosy nook outdoors for guests with lots of gorgeous string lights and candles.
Long tables will really suit a display of beautiful tall candles along the middle.
5. Light Tunnel
For a wow-factor style, create a fairy light tunnel. Place your wedding table beneath for a magical dinner.
7. Greenery Hoops & Fairy Lights Indoors
Combine both greenery hoops with fairy lights for a real show-stopper ceiling display.
8. Floor Candles
Add candles to the floor of your tables. Just be careful about fire safety with this one!
9. Drapes & Fairy Light Canopy
Cocoon guests with a fairy light canopy teamed with soft dreamy drapes.
10. Floating Candle Centrepiece
Add floating candles to your centrepiece which can be lit when it gets dark.
Light can be added to your photos with sparklers. The ideal send off photo shot come evening.
12. Aisle Lighting
Light your wedding aisle from above with strings of simple lights.
13. Ceremony Aisle Floor Lights
Light up your aisle walk with pretty string lights on the floor.
14. Ceremony Candles
Bring warmth and cosiness to your ceremony with twinkling tea lights hung from above.
15. Moon Neon Light
Decorate props such as this boho wire moon with lights and a neon sign.
16. Edison Light Bulbs
Edison light bulbs have a fantastic industrial feel. These lights are suited to focus areas like this top table.
17. Windowsill Lights
Find nooks such as windowsills where you can add soft candlelight.
18. Letter Lights
Spell it out with letter lights. From your initials to a personal word, have fun with this lighting backdrop.
19. Pea Light Wall
Create a focal point in your venue space with a pea light wall. So dramatic and beautiful!
20. Wicker Lampshades & Fairy Lights
Combine boho wicker lamps with delicate fairy lights.
21. Fairy Light Curtain
Fairy light curtains can really soften a venue space and make it feel ever so romantic.
22. Suspended Light Swing
If you are planning a suspended flower arrangement, add lights for a show-stopping evening display.
23. Fairy Light Table Plan
Ensure your guests spot your table plan in the dark by lighting it with fairy lights.
24. Fairy Lights & Candles
For flickering light, candles are ideal on tables, then add fairy lights above for more practical light.
25. Outdoor Festoon Lights
Ensure your outside wedding breakfast is lit accordingly as the light dims.
26. Ceiling Fairy Lights
This web-like net of fairy lights really looks spectacular on the barn ceiling. It must look magical from below too.
27. Fairy Lit Bandstand
This bandstand was crying out for fairy lights. Twilight anyone?
28. Lights & Props
Bring personality to your wedding lights by adding fun props such as parasols.
29. Chandelier Lighting
Your venue may already have chandeliers, but if not, you can always add them!
30. Lights On Poles
If you’re hiring a marquee, tipi or tent, use the poles to wrap lights around.
Use lampshades to bring light and a sense of home.
32. String Lights
Simple single strings of fairy lights can look wonderful.
33. Origami & Festoon Lights
Team your festoon strings with origami paper cranes.
34. Wooden Ladder Candles
If you are having wooden ladder decor, don’t forget to light it up too.
35. Lantern Lights
Light-up lanterns look so pretty and can match any wedding colour scheme.
Have a firepit to bring light and heat to your evening outdoors.
37. Micro Wire Lights
Micro wire lights are ideal for centrepieces to bring a delicate touch.
38. Disco Ball
A disco ball will throw light around your dance floor perfectly.
39. External Tent Lighting
Add lighting to the outside of your wedding tent to make it glow as the sun sets.
40. Festoon Light Outdoor Aisle
Use festoon lights outdoors to create a walkway or aisle.
41. Fairy Light Clusters
Bundle together fairy lights for a focal point on the ceiling.
42. Neon Light Backdrop
Use neon lights as a backdrop to your cake table or your top table.
Light up the night sky as you end your celebrations with a spectacular firework display.
And that’s a lighting wrap! You’ve now found out how to plan your wedding lights, where to put them and discovered all the wedding lighting ideas you’ll ever need. Hoorah!
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