Say goodbye to ordinary candles and traditional chandeliers! With a little creativity, there are many unique ways to light the reception that you won't see at every other wedding. A variety of textures can be paired with lightbulbs and candles, turning light fixtures into bona fide décor pieces that will amaze your guests. Branches, crystals, and even fruit can add a new layer of excitement to your lighting scheme.
Any wedding planner will tell you that lighting is a key component of the celebration; without proper lighting, even beautiful décor will look lackluster. In fact, many would argue that great lighting can even make simple flowers and design look like a million bucks! Below, discover 10 incredible lighting methods that elevated the reception designs of these real weddings!
Instead of lighting tablescapes with mounds of candles, place contemporary lamps down a long table! Photo by Liz Banfield & Adrienne Page; Linens by Nüage Designs
Fruity and Fabulous
This spectaular lighting fixture is covered in grapes and glass globes lit with candles. Don't forget: You can decorate your celebration with not only flowers, but fruit, too! Photo by Elisabeth Millay Photography; Consulting by DFW Events; Floral design by Jackson Durham Events
Group lanterns of various rustic styles and sizes, and place them on the floor for a casual, quirky style. Photo by Heather Kincaid; Consulting by Alex Events Inc.
Twigs are sculpted to form globes, then lit with lightbulbs – perfect for an outdoor reception. Photo by Heather Kincaid; Consulting by Alex Events Inc.
Hang crystal spheres illuminated from within from the ceiling for a sparkling glow. Photo by Dalal Photography
Dress up chandeliers by surrounding them with ornate birdcages. This combination will add the perfect layer of design for a rustic wedding! Photo by Elizabeth Messina; Consulting by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers
Stars and Stripes
Fabric forms an open-air tent, with string lights providing overhead light. Stars complete this beachy look! Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios; Floral and event design by White Lilac Inc.