Wedding Lighting and Styling Ideas

Wedding lighting has the essential purpose of lighting up a venue. However, lighting can do a lot more than that to build ambience, become a form of decoration, or be a feature for beautiful wedding photography. It can be as simple or decadent as you like to truly personalise your wedding.

Lighting can even be used to differentiate between spaces. For instance, the dance floor could be highlighted by hanging lights over just that section of the reception space.

Sometimes a venue will already have lighting options. But you also have the option of hiring lighting or even purchasing some of it if you think you may use it again. It’s usually a good idea to leave lighting installations to the professionals for sensational and safe results.

Let’s take a look at some gorgeous wedding lighting and styling ideas for inspiration.


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Styling Lighting For Tables

Incorporating some low-lighting with table centrepieces is a popular choice and can create romantic ambience around reception tables. After all, flickering candlelight oozes romance. Incorporating tea lights and pillar candles in clear glasses is stunningly simple. Or you could use decorative candle holders like lanterns which make a charming choice to tie in with your wedding aesthetic.

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Styling Overhead Lighting

Chandeliers are a gift of pure elegance. For a different take on a classic chandelier-lit wedding, try a botanical-themed reception with delicate chandeliers highlighting the greenery.

Structured lamp shades are a great alternative to chandeliers and are available in so many materials, like:

  • Rope
  • Wire
  • Cane
  • Fabric
  • Metal

String lighting is truly the most versatile form of lighting, and can be worked into any theme from industrial to classic. String lighting comes in a variety of forms: 

  • Fairy lights
  • Paper lanterns
  • Glass/crystal bulbs
  • Edison bulbs
  • Tungsten bulbs

Some wonderful styling ideas for string lighting are:

  • Combine two different forms of string lighting at the same venue for effect
  • Use fairy lights for a classic romantic ambience
  • Try using lighting with black strings and smaller bulbs or Edison bulbs for a modern industrial feel
  • Style string lighting to create an open-air tent or canopy effect

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Styling Free-standing Lighting

Using lighting on a number of levels can create interest if you are having minimal decorations, or need to bring extra light to an unlit venue, like on the beach.

Generally, free-standing lighting options like torches and paper lanterns are favoured for outdoor settings where they can enhance the surrounding natural beauty. They are also perfect for creating pathways to guide your guests.

Up lights are ideal for room perimeters and can be used to highlight venue features like timber trims and mouldings.

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Custom Neon Lighting

To bring a very personal essence to your wedding, why not use a custom neon sign? Have one made to feature your initials, your names or even a meaningful message.

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Top Tips For Wedding Lighting And Styling

If lighting is going to be a large part of your wedding’s styling, it’s natural that you will want many beautiful photographs of yourself and guests under the gorgeous lights. Shooting with artificial lighting is very different to shooting with natural light, so it’s important you ensure your photographer is comfortable and prepared for this.

It’s also important to ensure you have the venue’s permission to have the lighting that you desire. Remember to take a cue from your venue and use lighting to make the most of the space.

Feeling inspired by these wedding lighting and styling ideas? Why not contact one of our vendors for a closer look at wedding lighting.

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