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Special Effects Ideas for Weddings

14th July 2016 |By | 1 Comment

For a wedding unlike any other, with falling snow in summertime, spectacular lighting or explosions of brilliance, you need special effects. Get ready to be inspired by some real magic for the ultimate wedding experience and photos.

If you thought large or colourful special effects ideas for weddings would cost the earth then you could be pleasantly surprised. Hiring in the experts or even doing it yourself can be easily affordable, and your effects will be remembered for years to come.

Light Projectors

Lighting makes such a difference to your wedding, particularly once evening falls. Special lighting effects can be created indoors or outdoors with colours, shapes and movement of magic starlight or rainbow designs.

Fabulous Wedding Photography |

Image courtesy of Halo and Hobby at Fabulous Wedding Photography

Fireworks Displays

Fireworks make a show-stopping finale to any wedding, and when it comes to a display it’s well worth hiring the experts in. Light up your venue and its grounds as well as the night sky for colourful special effects young and old will love.

Snow Machines

Create a winter wedding wonderland of falling snow flurries and pretty white trees with a snow machine, whatever the weather. A snowy landscape certainly adds to a magical fairytale theme and your guests will delight in the brilliance of pretty snow that’s not even cold! Snow machines with realistic snowing effects, like the ones below, are lots of fun and this is a great special effect for your wedding, whatever the time of year.

Ashridge House Wedding Venue in the snow |

Ashridge House wedding venue in the snow

Wedding Dress in the snow by Alfred Angelo |

Wedding Dress in the snow by Alfred Angelo

Bubble Machines

Bubbles are a pretty alternative to throwing confetti at most modern weddings. Create thousands of bubbles at the touch of a button with a bubble machine to blow perfect rainbow tinted bubbles across the aisle for the entrance of the bride, or fill the dance floor or outdoor grounds with delicate, floating beauty.

A useful and silent distraction for small children during the ceremony, tiny decorative bottles of bubble mix can also be left on reception tables as favours for every guest.

Bubbles at a wedding |

Images courtesy of Pinterest

Confetti Cannons

Create an explosion of colour at your wedding, indoors or outside, with confetti cannons. Just check that you’re allowed to at your venue before firing!

Smoke Machines

Smoke machines and dry ice add a romantic feel to your late evening reception and the effect is actually very easy to achieve. Misty, foggy smoke with clever back lighting can also create amazing wedding photography – the kind of artistic images you would have blown up to adorn the walls of your home for years to come.

Fabulous Wedding Photography |

Special effects for weddings by Halo and Hobby at Fabulous Wedding Photography

For more special effects ideas and other inspiration for weddings please visit Articles in Ideas.

Kate Thompson
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Kate Thompson is the features editor and wedding expert at Confetti. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years and has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.

One Reply to “Special Effects Ideas for Weddings”

  1. Joseph Lister

    Dazzling photographs. It was a huge work done by you.I am truly inspired.

    Reply· Jul 14, 2016 10:10am

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