No matter what season you're getting married in, wedding lighting will be essential. Wedding lighting can often be seen as an unnecessary expense or an extra thing that you might not commit to, but looking at these photos, you can see how lighting not only acts as fun decor but also determines the mood and vibes of your big day. We've compiled some advice and also plenty of inspiration. Whether you're doing a cosy winter wedding or a lush outdoor destination wedding, we're coming at you with a whole variety of our favourite lighting ideas!
Wedding lighting is essential to creating the right vibe...think of the photos!
The ultimate wedding staple. Let's be honest, we can't think of many weddings that don't have a fairy light in some shape or form. Whether your venue already has them or not, they are perfect for creating that cosy feel while also adding such a magical element, too! These are a perfect companion for a rustic barn wedding, for a winter wedding (all the Christmas vibes) or even for making a more industrial venue feel homier.
Festoon Lights & Edison Bulbs
Though a little less magical than twinkling fairy lights, festoon lights/Edison bulbs offer up a similar vibe. These naked light bulbs are great for resting above your banquet tables at an outdoor wedding or destination wedding. They offer a nice low light that is the perfect brightness for being so close to your face. No sunnies are needed here! Or they also suit an industrial wedding venue with exposed brick, the naked bulbs are an obvious choice to emphasise that relaxed and effortless feeling.
Candle Wedding Lighting
The most popular trend for candles at weddings is to have them along the aisle and on your tables. White pillar candles in hurricane vases along the aisle or on the floor in front of your wedding signage will always look flawless and we add them straight to our Pinterest boards without hesitation. Alternatively, some bright and colourful candles in intricate or simple candleholders/candelabras make a simple, yet effective, table centrepiece or decor.
Neon Wedding Lighting
Neon lighting is not only a fun decor piece you can take home (if you've purchased it instead of hired) but they really do jazz up your wedding. By adding a bright pop of colour, they make great photo opportunities for you and your guests! Whether it's on a flower wall, above the top table, or on your dessert table, these look epic no matter how you want to style them. We think the images below speak for themselves...
Lanterns, Lamps & Chandelier Wedding Lighting
These types of wedding lighting can be a really unique way of not only adding the right kind of lighting, whether that be a warm or bright white or even a coloured light, but adding texture too. Chandeliers elevate your wedding pics by adding that sense of class and sophistication. Perfect for a country house wedding! Lamps can be styled to match your day by changing up the shades. This way they can turn into a kind of sculptural piece, too. Take a look at the real wedding inspiration below for some ideas.
Letter Lights/Marquee Lights
The perfect companion for any dancefloor are these large letter lights. You can spell out your name, a fave word or just go for the classic 'Mr & Mrs'! With a variety of words to spell out, these letter lights are also a great choice if you're going for a marquee wedding to help jazz up what might feel like a blank canvas as they take up a fair bit of room.
Lighting also affects the mood..do you want soft and romantic, or bright disco vibes?
So, have you felt inspired by the incredible wedding lighting on offer? If so, we have even more where that came from. Take a look over our wedding lighting Pinterest board! So, you've made up your mind about lighting, but have you thought about your flowers? We have all the advice for finding the right florist.