The right lighting sets the mood of your wedding. Just as a gorgeous winter wedding in a stunning historic castle will not feel complete without candles, so a late evening summer reception will look stunning lit with colourful lanterns. Here are 4 fun ways to light your wedding.
A summer outdoor wedding celebration may be bright and sunny right into late afternoon but once dusk falls, you will be glad of some light. One of the easiest and most attractive ways to light an outdoor wedding reception is with paper lanterns lit by LED lights or fairylights made for outdoor usage.
Traditional glass and metal lanterns can give a very attractive vintage look to any wedding and are especially good for lighting dark and rainy days. Decorative lanterns can be used to as reception table centrepieces or could be given away as unusual wedding favours.
Fairylights are not just for Christmas, they are a lovely way to add a garland of little coloured lights to your venue, inside or out. Wrap them around tree branches at the entrance to your venue, over doorways and across window sills or hang in stringed curtains around a stage for amazing lighting effects.
For a traditional candlelit glow, the only thing better than a tall church candle with a real flame is an elegant candelabra which makes a stunning reception table centrepiece and gives a more flattering soft glow than any electric light.
Last but not least, these fabulous large letter lights can be hired at your wedding to spell out your initials or simply add the word ‘LOVE’ or even ‘FUN’ as Lucy and Adam did at their wedding recently.
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Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.