Pink lighting by Smile Events |

Special Effects Ideas for Weddings

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.

Pink lighting by Smile Events |
Smile Events Lighting and Decoration

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.

VCoidea 9-watt 7colors Led Projector Light Ocean Wave Projector |
Coidea 9-watt 7colors Led Projector Light Ocean Wave Projector
1BYONE ouks-0064 sound activated led rainbow projector |
1BYONE ouks-0064 sound activated led rainbow projector
Special effects lighting |
Kingso mini disco DJ stage lights | TSSS Magic LED RGB Wall Mounted light | TSSS Can Lighting Projector | Gearmax® portable bluetooth speaker with built-in light show stage & studio special effects lighting,
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.

First Galaxy Fireworks |
First Galaxy Fireworks
First Galaxy Fireworks special effects for weddings |
First Galaxy Fireworks

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
Snow machines |
Lanta Blizzard snow machine | Professional mini snow machine | Electric artificial snow and foam effect machine and blower
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
Special Effects Machines 1ByOne Magic Professional high output automatic small bubble machine |
1ByOne Magic Professional high output automatic small bubble machine
Bubbleatron bubble machine | GBL Large bubble blower

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!

Special Effects Funfetti shot confetti cannon |
Funfetti shot confetti cannon
Confetti canons |
Showtech high power electric firing confetti shooter | Electric confetti canon

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
GBL DJ led wireless smoke fog machine |
GBL DJ LED wireless smoke fog machine

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

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