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Secrets of Event Lighting – There’s No Such Thing as Too Many Chandeliers

The best kept secret when it comes to designing the perfect wedding all comes down to picking the right event lighting! Picking you ideal venue, florals, and rentals are all crucial, of course, but the right event lighting can tie all of the elements together and create the perfect ambiance. They call it mood lighting for a reason – both functional and beautiful, the right lighting design will set the stage for the atmosphere and feel that you’ve worked so hard to create!


Let’s be serious – there’s no such thing as too many chandeliers. I am an absolute sucker when it comes to the romance and glamour of a chandelier casting crystalline light over a beautifully styled reception. The jackpot, of course, is finding a venue that comes with its own chandeliers, but luckily there are lots of places to rent gorgeous lighting fixtures to fit any style. There is, of course, the tried and true classic of a romantic, draped reception hall glittering in the light of chandeliers dropping with crystals. Modern couples have paired classical chandeliers with rough, industrial walls, or antique  fixtures with rustic barns to personalize their big day. My personal favorite has to be chandeliers hanging from a lush, vine-hung arbor for a romantic winery wedding!

Dreamy Powder Blue Wedding Canopy with a Crystal Chandelier | Tennison Photography | See More!

Photography by Tennison Photography, Event Design by Shumaker PDT via Style Me Pretty

Winery Arbor Wedding Reception hung with Crystal Chandeliers | Alisha + Brook Photographers | See More!

Photography by Alisha + Brook Photographers, Located at Beaulieu Garden via Style Me Pretty

Glamorous Draped Canopy Wedding with a Crystal Chandelier | Birds of a Feather Photography | See More!

Photography by Birds of a Feather, Design by Amorology via Style Me Pretty

Chic White Wedding with Vintage Chandeliers | KT Merry Photography | See More!

Photography by KT Merry Photography, Coordination by Pawar, Inc. via Style Me Pretty

Industrial Glam Wedding with Crystal Chandeliers and Exposed Brick | Erin Johnson Photography | See More!

Photography by Erin Johnson Photography, Located at Aria via Hey Wedding Lady

Rustic Glam Barn Reception | Jodi Miller Photography | See More!

Photography by Jodi Miller Photography, Chandeliers by La Bella Luce

Glamorous Vintage Candlelight Wedding | Hunter Leone Photography | See More!

Photography by Hunter Leone Photography via Green Wedding Shoes


Bistro Lighting

I have an absolute soft spot when it comes to bistro lights, or strands of twinkle lights. They are such a simple and elegant way to punch up an event venue – all you need is power.  Drape strands of lights over an open courtyard or a plain reception hall to instantly create a warm, inviting ambiance as guests dine and dance with lights glowing overhead. Add just a couple of strands to any area that could use a little accent, or use a multitude of lights to create a dramatic backdrop!

Dreamy Beach Wedding with Bistro Lights | Millie Holloman Photography | See More!

Photography by Millie Holloman Photography via Style Me Pretty

Twinkle Lights Strung over an Outdoor Dance Floor | Jerry Yoon Photography | See More!

Photography by Jerry Yoon Photography, Located at Amphitheatre of the Redwoods via my Portfolio

Romantic Candlelight Wedding Portraits | This Modern Romance Photography | See More!

Photography by This Modern Romance via Green Wedding Shoes

A Sparkling Wedding Backdrop of Twinkle Lights | Anastasia Photography | See More!

Photography by  Anastasia Photography via Hey Wedding Lady

Marquee Letters and Twinkle Lights for a Romantic Modern Wedding | Micah G Johnson Photography | See More!

Photography by Micah G Robinson via Bright Event Productions


Marquee Lighting

I have come down with a bit of an obsession for marquee lighting lately (and the reason why will soon be revealed) but I don’t think I’m alone in adoring this sweetly retro trend becoming modern and mainstream. Rental companies specializing in marquee lights can provide any shape or  style of light you might have in mind – letters spelling LOVE three feet high, your initials in glowing lights, a heart behind the wedding cake, even the shape of your home states!

Modern Wedding Lighting with Pillar Candles and Marquee Letters | Amanda Watson Photography | See More!

Photography by Amanda Watson Photography, Design by Emerson Events via Ruffled

XO Marquee Letters | Chris Howard Photography | See More!

Photography by This Is Happiness via Grey Likes Weddings

Vintage Love Letter Lights | Rhapsody Road | See More!

Photography by Rhapsody Road, Lights by Vowed & Amazed via Love My Dress

Cake Topper designed by Grain & Co.


Hanging Lights

Wedding blogs are full of beautiful details that draw the eye to the ground – luxurious linens, vibrant centerpieces, intricate tabletop rentals – but there is so much unadorned space above all of that beautiful decor. Fill that white space with gem shaped pendant lights, glass globes cradling tea lights, fairy lights twinkling behind a tissue thin silk canopy, or pierced metal lanterns that cast intricate shape over your tables. A metal forest of dangling Edison bulbs has become a popular way to cast light over the reception space and add a modern touch. A few, evenly spaced lights cast a minimalist effect while dozens create a slightly wild, luxe look!

Hanging Candles From a Arbor for a Romantic Wintery Wedding | Lisa Lefkowitz Photography | See More!

Photography by Lisa Lefkowitz Photography, Located at Beaulieu Garden via Style Me PrettyDramatic Parachute and Glittering Light Wedding Canopy | Matthew Michael Photography | See More!

Photography by Matthew Michael Photography via 100 Day Wedding

Modern Pendant Lights over a Lush Garden Wedding Table | LovelyPics | See More!

via La Mariee aux Pieds Nus

Metallic Moroccan Lanterns for a Chic White Wedding | Dear Wesleyan Photography | See More!

Photography by Dear Wesleyann Photography, Styling and Rentals by Events by Nouveau via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Dramatic Wedding Lighting with Hundreds of Hanging Edison Bulbs | Studio Impressions Photography | See More!

Photography by Studio Impressions, Lighting by Vision One Bali via Style Me Pretty

Dramatic Hanging Lights for a Loft Wedding | Aaron Young Photography | See More!

Photography Aaron Young Photography, Design by Inviting Occasion via Green Wedding Shoes

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Photography by Pepper Nix Wedding Photography via Rocky Mountain Bride

Chic Neutral Wedding with Elegant Draping and Hanging Edison Bulbs | The Why We Love Photography | See More!

Photography by The Why We Love, Design by Bash Please via Once Wed



There is no way to decorate more efficiently or easily than with abundant candlelight. Simple glass votives and tea lights are a minimal cost when tit comes to event decor, but the added effect of hundreds of tiny flames is immeasurable. Candelight creates warmth and intimacy, perfect for a family style dinner served at long farm tables, or to personalize a cavernous ballroom. Thin taper candles in vintage candlesticks pair beautifully with vintage or rustic decor, while thick pillar candles skew more dramatic and modern. For tighter budgets, focus floral and bigger decor pieces on accent tables and use simple candles to fill in any surface that needs just a little touch.

Taper Candles and Worn Wood for a Romantic Rustic Wedding Cake Table | Leslie Hollingsworth Photography | See More!

Photography by Leslie Hollingsworth, Cake designed by Pure Cake via Green Wedding Shoes

Enchanting Candlelight Wedding Dessert Display | Jose Villa Photography | See More!

Photography by Jose Villa Photography, Florals by Flowerwild via Hochzeits Guide

Pierced Metal Votive Candle Holders | Christina Szczupak Photography | See More!

Photography by Christina Szczupak Photography via Style Me Pretty

Pillar Candles Scattered over the Beach for a Romantic Seaside Wedding | Megan Robinson Photography | See More! by Megan Robinson Photography via Magnolia Rouge

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