Wedding Lights to Create Your Dream Wedding

Reception Room Lighting

Reception Room Lighting

With all the planning involved in a wedding, lighting should not be overlooked because of the huge impact it has. Wedding planners advocate budgeting ten percent for decorating and lighting. They realize wedding lights can be a simple, instant solution for bringing life to the special occasion. Lighting creates a beautiful ambiance, allowing special spaces in the wedding to be highlighted. Whether keeping the wedding small and quaint, or large and elaborate, incorporate lighting to add elegance and glow.

Net Lights

Net Lights

Net Lights for Convenience

Net lights can be hung easily, without requiring professional help, and are practical in decorating. Net lights can be used to divide up spaces for various functions, making guests feel cozy in elegant surroundings. The area reserved for a beach wedding can be marked off by stringed net lights to make the wedding seem more intimate and private, and to keep bystanders from popping up in the background of photos. Intricate blue and white beaded light garland, in particular, would look perfect hung for a beach wedding. Tents or reception room roofs can be lined with net lights to make a starry canopy to dance under or have a meal. Drape net lights as a backdrop behind the head table, where the newly married couple sits, casting an extra glow on the couple. Net lights provide convenience in decorating with their lights naturally falling into place.

Light Strings Galore

Columns Wrapped in Light Strings

Columns Wrapped in Light Strings

Light strings come in a huge variety, making them easy to incorporate in all styles of weddings. Weave white light strings into an archway or gazebo, placed where the bride and groom will stand during the ceremony or at the entryway to a garden area. Place cream rose net lights along shrubs, adding charm and romance to the greenery. Strands of lit triple grape clusters, in purple or red, meshed in vines and lattices or piled high in a bowl, add style in abundance to the bar or food areas. Strings of globe lights offer bulbs in a unique shape different from traditional Christmas lights. They have a satin finish, and come in colors such as pearl white, amber, blue or pink. For wintry or Christmas themed weddings, hang icicle lights along banisters and mantles in the reception room. Consider the theme of the wedding and the architecture of the venue and ideas will blossom. Make sure to prepare with extra extension cords for all the ways you can decorate with light strings.

Wedding Lights to Capture Intimate Moments

Intimate Moments with Lighting

Intimate Moments with Lighting

Do not forget to decorate the bride’s dressing room as this is where some of the most natural and beautiful photo shots are taken before the wedding. Wrap strands of light around the vanity to get a classic photo of the bride getting her makeup done or putting on a string of pearls. The extra light improves the quality of the photo, giving those captured in the photo more even-toned skin and the background a textured design. Use curtain lights as a way to conceal any areas in the dressing room that may not be as attractive in the photo. Tip: Avoid twinkle lights! Twinkling lights are best avoided so that the photographer can use the perfect amount of exposure for every photo.

Mini Lights and LEDs for Centerpieces

Bride and Groom's Table with Mini Lights

Bride and Groom’s Table with Mini Lights

Mini lights add beauty to even the smallest details of the wedding, such as the centerpieces of the tables. Intertwine small strings with flowers or inside transparent vases to make beautiful centerpieces on tables. Battery operated mini lights keep the wiring discreet. Flameless LED candles give elegance to the table for guests to enjoy, without the added risk of fire. Another idea for centerpieces is to use LED branches in a vase, for a nature-inspired, classy look.

Rope Lights in Style

Rope Lights for After-Party

Rope Lights for After-Party

Rope light gives added flexibility for lighting in unique ways. Personalize a wall by writing the groom and bride’s names in rope lights or their initials surrounded by a heart. A white doves ribbon motif, premade with rope light, emphasizes love and unity and highlights special areas, such as the gift table or the guest signing book. Use rope light to transform a simple room into an after-party lounge for closest friends and family. Decorate the walls and ceiling in magnificent shades of blue and purple rope light, giving a sheikh look to this exclusive room. Line pathways outdoors with rope lights to guide guests safely home.

No matter where the wedding will be, take advantage of the many opportunities to make the areas more beautiful with wedding lights. Observe the architecture and landscape of the venue. Highlight columns, trees, entryways, and fountains with lights. Add that special touch for guests to enjoy by adding lights to the areas where they will be sitting or dining. Allow the bride and groom’s happiness to glow with lights surrounding the areas they will be most, such as where the ceremony will occur, and the bride and groom’s table. Use lighting as a tool to separate the dance floor and dining area, if they are happening in the same room, or in gardens or on beaches to create intimate spaces. Implementing lighting in a wedding has a stunning effect, adding beauty to the happy memories you will cherish for years to come.

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About Diana Haynes

Wearer of many hats....I'm an avid crafter and DIY guru. I love weddings, animals, color and design. Creativity is in my blood. I dabble in commercial sales, customer service, blogs and content along with the everyday office work.

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