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!
Photography by Tennison Photography, Event Design by Shumaker PDT via Style Me Pretty
Photography by Alisha + Brook Photographers, Located at Beaulieu Garden via Style Me Pretty
Photography by Birds of a Feather, Design by Amorology via Style Me Pretty
Photography by KT Merry Photography, Coordination by Pawar, Inc. via Style Me Pretty
Photography by Erin Johnson Photography, Located at Aria via Hey Wedding Lady
Photography by Jodi Miller Photography, Chandeliers by La Bella Luce
Photography by Hunter Leone Photography via Green Wedding Shoes
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!
Photography by Millie Holloman Photography via Style Me Pretty
Photography by Jerry Yoon Photography, Located at Amphitheatre of the Redwoods via my Portfolio
Photography by This Modern Romance via Green Wedding Shoes
Photography by Anastasia Photography via Hey Wedding Lady
Photography by Micah G Robinson via Bright Event Productions
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!
Photography by Amanda Watson Photography, Design by Emerson Events via Ruffled
Photography by This Is Happiness via Grey Likes Weddings
Photography by Rhapsody Road, Lights by Vowed & Amazed via Love My Dress
Cake Topper designed by Grain & Co.
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!
Photography by Lisa Lefkowitz Photography, Located at Beaulieu Garden via Style Me Pretty
Photography by Matthew Michael Photography via 100 Day Wedding
via La Mariee aux Pieds Nus
Photography by Dear Wesleyann Photography, Styling and Rentals by Events by Nouveau via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Photography by Studio Impressions, Lighting by Vision One Bali via Style Me Pretty
Photography Aaron Young Photography, Design by Inviting Occasion via Green Wedding Shoes
Photography by Pepper Nix Wedding Photography via Rocky Mountain Bride
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.