We are passionate about events and know that wedding planning can be stressful, but picking out the perfect decor doesn’t have to be! From the flowers to the centerpieces, planning the design for your ceremony and reception is an exciting time but can often be the biggest cost. Creative lighting can add ambience to your indoor and outdoor event spaces and still keep your expenses on track.
If you’re a bride on a budget or just looking for a way to add elegant illumination to your event, these 10 DIY Wedding Lights ideas are a must see!
Wedding Tent Lights
Try this new twist on an old favorite! Wedding tents are a great way to add extra space to your event, so why not create a tent of lights! Weather won’t permit this open air idea? You can still create a canopy of lights inside!
Lantern Wedding Lights
This DIY wedding lights idea is so simple! Just fill decorative lanterns with string lights! Battery operated mini lights make this look even easier to achieve, allowing lanterns to be placed anywhere. Wedding lanterns provide a stunning (and budget friendly) non floral centerpiece and can even be carried by your flower girl instead of flowers!
Wall of Lights
Breathtaking backdrops and perfect photo op’s are just a few light strings away! Try hanging strings of patio lights vertically along a wall or use curtain lights for flawless coverage. Want to add sparkle to your design? Hang LED light curtains or twinkle lights behind sheer fabric!
Tree of Lights
Wrap a tree with lights as the focal point of your ceremony or hang light strings from tree branches above an outdoor reception. These cascading lights look like shooting stars or diamonds dripping down and will take your breath away. Plus, the photo opportunities are incredible!
Wedding reception ideas like this are perfect for an indoor or outdoor space! Cover the ceiling with lights or just add a few strands mixed with fabric. Try alternating light strings with paper lantern lights or Moravian stars, mixing textures is a fun way to add your personality while still keeping it chic!
Dining by Edison Light
While this look might be a bit over the top for the every day bride, you can create a similar effect using patio light strings featuring suspended sockets. Sockets that are suspended drop the bulb 4” from the wire and can be lifted to different heights by running cables upward through the eyelet in the socket string. Vintage style Edison bulbs give these outdoor party lights a retro style that still feels modern and elegant!
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Pathway Wedding Lights
Light the way for your guests! This DIY wedding lights idea can be as simple as laying string lights along two sides of a path or hanging patio light strings between walkway posts.
To create evenly spaced walkway lights with larger C7 or C9 bulbs take a look at our convenient pathway light kits!
Marquee Event Lights
We love this idea! If you’re crafty or you know someone who is, try making your own marquee letters, then drill holes for patio bulbs to fit through! Not so crafty? Many hobby stores sell letters like these!
Unique Wedding Lighting
Dare to be different! Wrap tree branches or ceremony arbors with unique lights, like these gorgeous crystal lily flowers or hang paper lantern lights above a dance floor or outdoor dining area.
Wedding Lights Ideas:That’s a wrap!
If your ceremony or reception features a gazebo or pergola, add charming illumination with string lights or patio lights! Wrap gazebo columns in grapevine and mini lights or outline the entire structure in white satin globe lights!
You can also wrap bushes with net lights for quick and easy, uniform illumination!
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