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25 Ways to Transform Your Wedding With Lighting

Unlike covering your wedding venue with towering floral arrangements, creative lighting can be surprisingly affordable. From uplighting to lanterns, image projections to illuminated backdrops, here are some of our favorite ideas.

By: Kristen Klein

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  • Twinkling Lights

    Twinkling Lights

    Create a "ceiling" of twinkling lights to reflect the night sky during an outdoor wedding.

    Photo Credit: John Labbe

  • Twinkling Lights

    Twinkling Lights

    Transform a barn into a glamorous ballroom with light strands and chandeliers.

    Photo Credit: JQ Image

  • Uplighting

    Uplighting

    The dramatic centerpieces combined with the purple uplighting transform this reception space into a winter wonderland.

  • Uplighting

    Uplighting

    Blend a few different colors for this watercolor-inspired effect.

    Photo Credit: Guy Heart Studio

  • Uplighting

    Uplighting

    Cool uplighting, candles, and chandeliers warm up an industrial loft wedding reception.

  • Uplighting

    Uplighting

    Give your reception a frosty feel with icy blue lights.

    Photo Credit: John Labbe

  • Uplighting

    Uplighting

    Don't be afraid to go bold with your uplighting!

    Photo Credit: Paras Events

  • Suspended Lights

    Suspended Lights

    Wow your guests with a cool lighting installation.

  • Backdrop

    Backdrop

    Creating a stunning photo backdrop is as simple as hanging a few strands of twinkling lights.

  • Backdrop

    Backdrop

    Oversized light-up letters provide a fun background for your photos.

    Photo Credit: Babb Photo

  • Backdrop

    Backdrop

    Put the focus on your head table with strands of café lights.

    Photo Credit: Heather Jowett

  • Lanterns

    Lanterns

    Your guests will feel like they've been transported to an enchanted garden with this romantic idea.

    Photo Credit: John Labbe

  • Lanterns

    Lanterns

    Floating paper lanterns are a fun and colorful way to punch up your reception space.

    Photo Credit: Tanja Lippert

  • Lanterns

    Lanterns

    Jewel-toned lanterns, combined with cool uplighting, provide a soft glow.

    Photo Credit: Bethany & Dan

  • Lanterns

    Lanterns

    Lanterns provide a warm glow over your nighttime reception.

    Photo Credit: Santana Photography

  • Lanterns

    Lanterns

    Choose paper lanterns that contrast your uplighting.

    Photo Credit: Hoffer Photography

  • Chandeliers

    Chandeliers

    Bring the indoors out with chandeliers over your dance floor.

    Photo Credit: Picotte Photography

  • Projections

    Projections

    An illuminated aisle is an ultra-romantic idea for a nighttime ceremony.

  • Projections

    Projections

    Add the appearance of texture on your walls with creative lighting.

  • Projections

    Projections

    Create a beautiful backdrop for a winter wedding ceremony with images of trees.

    Photo Credit: Coburn Photography

  • Projections

    Projections

    Give your wedding a one-of-a-kind feel with a pattern projected across the ceiling.

    Photo Credit: Jared Alvarez

  • Projections

    Projections

    Highlight your monogram with a wavy image projection.

    Photo Credit: Guy Heart Studio

  • Dance Floor

    Dance Floor

    A light-up dance floor will be a fun surprise for your guests.

    Photo Credit: Quetzal Photo

  • Dance Floor

    Dance Floor

    Pin lights give this dance floor a magical feel.

    Photo Credit: A Magic Moment

  • Dance Floor

    Dance Floor

    Dance under the moon and stars in your own fairy tale wedding.

    Photo Credit: A Magic Moment

25 Ways to Transform Your Wedding With Lighting

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