Lovely Lighting for Weddings

From candelabras to votives, lighting can add drama, sparkle, polish or fun to a wedding. Explore your many options.

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May 02, 2016
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Candles Lining a Wedding Aisle

Emily Sullivan, a planner with Get Polished Events, likes to line a wedding ceremony aisle with flowers and candles to add romance and drama. "(The effect) will wow your guests from the moment they join you for the big day. Lanterns are the perfect container, as they’ll shield the candles from any potential elements.” Florals are by Bella Blooms.

Tables and Wedding Lighting

Tables give you the opportunity to link your wedding decor, lights, and florals, says Audrey Isaac, of 100 Candles. "(Your cake table) will be a focal point, so make sure to plan for a design that complements the tablescapes to maintain a consistent look throughout the reception.” 

LED String Wedding Lights

“LED string lights can turn an outdoor wedding into something magical," says Isaac, of 100 Candles. "They provide enough light to illuminate tables, florals, and other décor, while still maintaining a whimsical atmosphere.” Florist: Weddings International.

Lighting a Wedding With Tapers

Isaac, of 100 Candles, notes that tapered candles come in almost any color, giving you lots of options to complement your wedding florals, and "adding dynamic levels to a space." Florist: The Picked Petal.

Uplighting a Wedding

"Uplighting can 'wash' a room in the color, or colors, of your choice, while pin spots strategically focus on the details you’d like to highlight the most," says Kate Franzen, of Glint Events. Floral design by The Proper Petal; lighting by Choice Entertainment.

Moss-Wrapped Wedding Lights

To keep a wedding design cohesive, Kim Lettier, of Lettier Event Planning Studio, carries some elements of the focal point (here, it's a floral centerpiece) into other areas. "Accent pieces such as candles should complement the focal point but not compete with it," she adds. “The design of the vessel itself should also fit in with the overall look. In this case I wrapped moss around the vessels because its traditional look interfered with the organic and vintage feel of the design.” Florist: The Green Flamingo. 

Mercury Glass Wedding Lighting

Planner Emily Sullivan, of Get Polished Events, says mercury glass containers are one of the top wedding trends. "They add a touch of glamour without competing stylistically with the floral arrangements." Florist: Bella Blooms

Wedding Lights and Centerpieces

This centerpiece, featuring roses and succulents, is flanked by softly glowing lights. Shimmering containers add to the sparkle and tie in with the wedding decor. Florist: Soirees & Bouquets.

Professional Wedding Lighting

Planner Kate Franzen, of Glint Events, says professional lighting can transform a wedding or other event. Roses, hydrangeas and greenery designed by The Proper Petal. Lighting by Choice Entertainment.

Bistro Wedding Lights

“An outdoor reception doesn't mean you have to let go of elegant elements. We used a mix of bistro lights and candelabras, as well as hurricane lamps and smaller votive candles for this garden dinner. The lighting only became stronger after sunset, creating a truly elegant mix of candle light, bistro lights and the natural light of the moon and stars." - Planner Adam Donovan-Groves, of Donovan-Groves Events. Audrey Isaac, of 100 Candles, adds, "Tall, elegant candelabras towering over floral centerpieces create a dynamic feel to a table. Match the candlesticks to the floral vessel for maximum impact!" Florist: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Design.

Bright Future

After the sun set, votives and pillar candles in hurricane vases were lit along the breezeway at this gorgeous garden reception.

Wedding Lighting on Tables

“When pairing wedding florals with lighting, make sure to consider how your linens play into the overall look," says Jennifer Taylor, of Taylor'd Events Group. "Linens can add a level of texture to the table and there is a wealth of choices above and beyond the floor length white cover. Explore your options and have fun with it!” Roses, hydrangeas and orchids by Flora Nova Design.

Mix and Match Wedding Lighting

“Instead of sticking to simple pillar candles for centerpieces, opt for mixing and matching," suggests Isaac, of 100 Candles. "Select assorted stemmed glasses or votive holders for a fun, clean look that will add character to each table.” Floral design by Intrigue Designs.

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