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10 Unique Ways to Light Up Your Wedding
Lighting can be one element of wedding decor that is often overlooked, but can do more than any other to set the mood. Get inspired with these ideas for giving your wedding the ultimate glow up.
For your ceremony, shine some light on the occasion with a heart-shaped marquee light. Set the scene by starting your vows with the lights turned off. Have someone on hand to flip them back and release the confetti the moment you say “I do.”
Stephanie Kaloi Photography
Neon Vow Sign
A coloured neon sign with a snippet of traditional wedding vows makes a major statement. Pair it with a sweeping floral and greenery arch for an ultra-cool contemporary look.
Clusters of paper lanterns are perfect to light up an outdoor dance floor (as are guests waving crackling sparklers!). Choose white for a natural, ethereal look, or mix in coloured lanterns for a playful pop.
Raquel Reis Photography
Think outside the living room by incorporating table lamps as centrepieces. Set cups of votive candles around linen shaded lamps, to cast a soft glow on your reception space for a homey, highly decorated feel.
Ira Lippke Studios
String Light Backdrop
Tightly hung strands of twinkling string lights make for a striking minimalist ceremony backdrop. For extra oomph, choose lengths that are longer than needed for the ceiling height so that they pool slightly on the floor.
For a night under the stars, create illuminated canopy with row upon row of dangling icicle-style string lights. Try a mix of tall taper candles and petite tea lights for an elegant table-setting, even in an outdoor space.
Sara Lobla Photography
Marquee Seating Chart
Put your guests’ names in lights with a DIY marquee seating chart. Drill holes around the border of a sheet of stained plywood, and use a paint pen to write in guests names and seating assignments. Then, fit each hole with a light on a string of Edison bulb lights.
Analisa Joy Photography
Set a magical mood for dining al fresco with crisscrossed twinkle lights accented with candles placed inside glass planter orbs that look as if they’re floating mid-air. Use battery-operated flameless candles when recreating this look.
This fun DIY can be customized with any colour of flowers you choose. Make your own illuminated flower chandelier by placing two to three short stems of flowers each in baby-food size jars with a bit of water and a flameless floating candle, and then suspend the jars with a bit of string tied around the mouth.
Vine Wrapped String Lights
Add visual interest to a space with high ceilings by adding string lights with leafy garlands, and suspending them down an empty wall. Italian Ruscus or English Ivy are ideal greenery choices for this decor idea.