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20 Beautiful Reception Lighting Ideas

Today I have a post and a half for you! It is positively brimming with some of the prettiest ideas for lighting your wedding reception. Did you see the post on ceremony lighting? If not, it is worth a read because for all the reasons lighting is key for your ceremony, it is just as important at your reception, possibly even more so! After all the excitement of becoming Mr & Mrs, as you let your hair down and the sun sets on your celebrations, the right lighting will create warmth for your guests, the most romantic of atmospheres, as well as some fabulous photo opportunities; and of course ensure the party continues until dawn!

20 Beautiful Reception Lighting Ideas

Options for lighting your wedding breakfast and reception are almost endless, bound only by the limits of your imagination. Much will depend on your venue (indoors or out; barn, garden or intimate venue) as well as the atmosphere you are trying to create. But to get your creative juices flowing here are some of the most gorgeous and imaginative lighting ideas I could find…..

Chandaliers

OK, so this one may seem a little obvious but does anything say glamor quite like a chandalier?? And they don’t have to be the grand, opulent crystal type to look fabulous – I love how in the third image the rustic chandalier has been wrapped in fairy lights!…..

Reception Lighting Ideas - Chandaliers

 Lara Hotz Photography via Chic Vintage Brides

Recpetion Lighting Ideas - Chandaliers

Jeff Loves Jessica via Style Me Pretty

Recpetion Lighting Ideas - Chandaliers

Heather Hawkins Photography via Wedding Chicks

Recpetion Lighting Ideas - Chandaliers

Taylor Lord via 100 Layer Cake

 

Lanterns

For a more rustic look lanterns are a great alternative to chandaliers. black and bold, Moroccan, mismatched or more modern, they are the perfect lighting for a barn or marquee reception…..

20 Reception Lighting Ideas - LanternsAshley Seawell Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs

20 Reception Lighting Ideas - Lanterns

 Morgan Trinker via Southern Weddings

20 Reception Lighting Ideas - Lanterns

Ozzy Garcia via Once Wed

20 Reception Lighting Ideas - Lanterns

Dear Wesleyann via Elizabeth Anne Designs

20 Reception Lighting Ideas - Lanterns

Jodi Miller Photography via Belle the Magazine

20 Reception Lighting Ideas - Lanterns

Braedon Flynn Photography via Style Me Pretty

Candles

If however you are looking for a more budget friendly but equally effective lighting alternative,you really can’t go wrong with the simple candle. There is nothing quite like their soft warm flickering light and with a little help and creativity from your chosen florist they can make quite the breathtaking centrepiece…..

20 Beautiful Reception Lighting Ideas - Candles

Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema via Style Me Pretty

20 Beautiful Reception Lighting Ideas - Candles

20 Beautiful Reception Lighting Ideas - Candles

Bamber Photography via Style Me Pretty

20 Beautiful Reception Lighting Ideas - Candles

Autumn Wilson Photography via Style Me Pretty

20 Beautiful Reception Lighting Ideas - Candles

Oh! Darling Photography via Style Me Pretty

 

Lightbulbs

It is so often true that often the most simple ideas can be the most effective. Plain old lightbulbs can look so pretty when used with a little imagination…..

20 Beautiful Reception Lighting Ideas - Light Bulbs

rad and in love via Style Me Pretty

20 Beautiful Reception Lighting Ideas - Lightbulbs

And look at how pretty they look with a few flowers and all lit up…..

20 Beautiful Reception Lighting Ideas - Lightbulbs

Studio Impressions  via Style Me Pretty

20 Beautiful Reception Lighting Ideas - Light Bulbs

Natasja Kremers via Ruffled

Creative

To save a few pennies and for real wow factor though get creative!…..

20 Reception Lighting Ideas - Mason Jars

20 Reception Lighting Ideas - Mason JarsBrett and Jessica via Bridal Musings

20 Beautiful Reception Lighting Ideas - Parasols

Via Society Bride

20 Reception Lighting Ideas - Lamp Shades

Jenny Hardy via Pretty Nostalgic

20 Reception Lighting Ideas - Light Strings

Next Exit Photography via Style Me Pretty

20 Beautiful Reception Lighting Ideas - Mason JarsKate Headley via Knot For Life

What do you think? Aren’t there just some heavenly ideas here? Who knew something as simple as twisted fairy lights hung from trees in string could look that spectacular??

Amy

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