Hi friends! I always say that lighting is one of the most important aspects of your wedding. It’s the (often underappreciated) element that can make or break a space. But I also know that sometimes lighting can be on the expensive side. If you don’t have a huge budget to devote to your wedding lighting, here are a few tricks:
- At the reception, change those white light bulbs to a soft amber (just check with the venue first). It will cast the whole event in a nice, flattering glow. Don’t forget the bathrooms!
- Shine your monogram or an elegant pattern on to the wall or dance floor.
- If the lights at your venue have dimmers, turn them down about a third. It will feel much more “special occasion” and much less “hotel convention.”
- Candles. All the candles! Use lots of them. Not only will they give off that romantic feel, they’ll add some uplighting. They can’t be the only source of light, of course, or things will get too dark. One note: many venues have certain restriction on candles to curb the fire hazard. Check with them beforehand to see what types of candles are allowed.
- If your event is outdoors, string twinkle lights in the trees or bushes. They create a bit of a fairytale look, which I love. Just don’t overdo it, or it’ll look like Christmas Eve!
If you’re truly stuck, your onsite venue coordinator will certainly have some tricks up her sleeve for lighting.
Header image by Victor Sizemore photography