A Quick Guide to Lighting Up Your Wedding

Wedding lighting

Lighting is a crucial aspect of your big day, especially if you’re tying the knot once the sun goes down.

The lighting will help to really set the mood of the space, and it can often be a lot more affordable than you’d think, so we’re going to run through some of our favourite ideas for lighting up your venue.

Coloured Lighting

Using coloured lights instead of just white ones will help to create a bit of contrast, which is ideal for a smaller venue where you’re looking for inventive ways to create a bit more a ‘wow’ factor.

Floating Lanterns

What started as an Asian tradition is a now seen as a symbol of good luck at Western weddings, but these floating lanterns can pose a fire risk.

With this in mind, you need to ensure that you’re being safe with them and there are certain guidelines to follow.

Clustered Candles

Obviously, candles don’t produce a massive amount of light, but they do create a magical ambience and glow, so why not group lots of them together in large clusters to add a little bit more light? If you use enough, candles can work well as a centrepiece on your tables.


If possible, see if you can create an impressive indoor canopy of lights in your venue. This creates a really big impression when your guests walk into the room.

Depending on the venue, you might even be able to do this outdoors and create a kind of ‘roof’ over the heads of your guests.

Colour-Washed Walls

Washing the walls of your venue in colour has a really atmospheric feel, and can totally change the feel of the venue.

You could even look into colour-changing lights so that you can change the mood as the day goes on (for example, have a different colour for the first dance and the meal).

Light Up Letters

Light up letters, such as these from Light It Up UK and a beautiful feature for any wedding, adding a personal touch of style to proceedings, whether indoors or out, day or night. They also make for great photo opportunities for you and your guests.

Dance Floor Lighting

Why not light up your dancefloor with a projection? Whether it’s an image, pattern, or the names or initials of the happy couple, an illuminated dance floor will look great.

Floating Candles

Another creative way to change up your centrepiece is to float some candles in water. It’s a great way to light up the flower in the centre of the table too.

Illuminating Other Features

Other aspects of the wedding such as the cake and dessert table shouldn’t be forgotten about, so how about lighting these up too?

Light Up Columns or Trees

If the venue has lots of columns, wrapping them in lighting can be a good way to create a soft radiance in the room. Alternatively, if you’re going to be outside, think about doing the same with some trees.

Indoor Lanterns

Lanterns aren’t just for outside and can look cute used indoors too, but again, be extra careful!

These ideas are just a starting point and you can find loads of inspiration on sites such as Pinterest, as well as in this list from Brides.