Lighting is often overlooked in the flurry of flower and centrepiece selection but some carefully arranged candles and bulbs can make a huge difference to the ambience of your wedding. If you're getting married in the evening, for example, choose flattering candlelight for your ceremony. If dinner and dancing are happening in the same room, use lighting with a colour wash to differentiate the dance floor from the rest of the room. Subtle touches of light can transform simple surroundings, keep reading for inspiration...
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Sometimes simple options are the most effective. A small cluster of candles grouped together makes a wonderfully understated centrepiece. Candlelight is so effective because it brings a gentle warmth to the room. Whether you choose lightly flickering votives or glass lanterns, candles are a cost-effective way to light your venue.
As an alternative to church candles consider dramatic centrepieces where the height of a flower arrangement is accentuated by suspended tea lights.
For maximum impact wrap strands of lights around tree trunks at your reception venue to light up the evening. This works particularly well for outdoor weddings where guests can get the sensory experience of watching day turn to night. Light up your aisle or create a breathtaking backdrop of fairy lights as you say your vows.
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Pre-lit lettering is a popular and cost-effective alternative to lighting a full venue. With a few choice words – like LOVE or even your initials – you can add personality to a blank space. If you’re considering hiring lettering for your wedding ceremony or reception make a note of plug socket access before the big day to avoid a last minute search for electricity. Creative couples might even choose to make their own lettering to highlight the bar area or a pretty dessert table.
If in doubt hire a professional to light the walls of your venue with a soft subtle glow. Small cost effective touches like outlining the edges of the room will make your venue appear larger and pin lighting hung from the ceiling will highlight each individual table.
Planning a formal wedding? Add elegance to any reception space with luxurious hanging chandeliers. A few glittering chandeliers decorated with candles or small bulbs add an extra touch of opulence to simple church halls, country barns and stately homes alike.
Little touches of light will illuminate your wedding reception from small tea lights around your cake stand to carefully arranged bulbs within mason jars and lanterns suspended from trees around the gardens at your venue.
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