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!
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…..
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!…..
Lara Hotz Photography via Chic Vintage Brides
Jeff Loves Jessica via Style Me Pretty
Heather Hawkins Photography via Wedding Chicks
Taylor Lord via 100 Layer Cake
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…..
Ashley Seawell Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Morgan Trinker via Southern Weddings
Ozzy Garcia via Once Wed
Dear Wesleyann via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Jodi Miller Photography via Belle the Magazine
Braedon Flynn Photography via Style Me Pretty
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…..
Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema via Style Me Pretty
Bamber Photography via Style Me Pretty
Autumn Wilson Photography via Style Me Pretty
Oh! Darling Photography via Style Me Pretty
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…..
rad and in love via Style Me Pretty
And look at how pretty they look with a few flowers and all lit up…..
Studio Impressions via Style Me Pretty
To save a few pennies and for real wow factor though get creative!…..
Brett and Jessica via Bridal Musings
Via Society Bride
Jenny Hardy via Pretty Nostalgic
Next Exit Photography via Style Me Pretty
Kate 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??