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23 Wedding Lighting Ideas to Brighten Your Event Space

You and your brand-new spouse won't be the only things glowing on the big day. Try these wedding lighting ideas to add ambiance to your ceremony or reception venue.

elegant garden-style wedding reception tent with greenery garlands and light strands

You can easily bring a burst of drama to your big day by incorporating statement light fixtures into your event space. From strands of twinkling lights to clusters of flickering pillar candles, we're sharing our favorite wedding lighting ideas to *spark* your wedding decor inspiration, whether you're getting married indoors or out. If your wedding venue needs a decorative boost, keep scrolling—these wedding light decoration ideas give a whole new meaning to the term "setting the mood." 

bride and groom dancing  under canopy of paper lanterns while wedding guests stand by and watch

Rice Paper Lanterns

This whimsical wedding lighting idea is perfect for a casual setting, like a barn venue, backyard wedding, or beach wedding. Use an assortment of paper lanterns in different sizes to create a multi-dimensional focal piece above your dance floor.

pink neon sign with couple's last name hanging against exposed brick wall with greenery accents

Custom Neon Sign

The neon sign trend doesn't seem to be losing traction anytime soon. This eye-catching lighting option is great if you're looking to really personalize your event space—you can use the neon sign to showcase your last name or put a cheeky phrase on display behind your head table for an instant photo backdrop.  

indoor wedding ceremony with greenery and edison bulb chandelier

Greenery Chandelier

Ideal for elegant rustic weddings and romantic aesthetics, a greenery chandelier is a tried-and-true wedding lighting idea that always looks gorgeous. Work with your florist to choose the best type of greenery to match the rest of your decor, such as eucalyptus, smilax, or seasonal evergreens for a winter wedding.

wedding reception tent with rattan lantern chandeliers decorated with greenery

Rattan Lanterns

Going for a boho wedding theme? Rattan lanterns will seamlessly blend with the rest of your wedding decor. Add greenery and floating votive candles to complete the laid-back vibe.

wedding reception lounge with beaded chandeliers hanging above

Wooden Beaded Chandeliers

If traditional crystal chandeliers aren't quite the look you're going for, try modern beaded styles instead. A cluster of white and ivory beaded chandeliers bring an airy, eclectic element to this wedding lounge area.

romantic wedding lighting idea giant marquee letters spelling LOVE on the side of a barn outdoor wedding reception lounge area

Love Sign

Let everyone know loud and clear that you've found the one with giant marquee love letters. Your guests won't be able to resist snapping a photo or two in front of this statement backdrop.  

tented wedding ceremony with candle lantern aisle markers

Candle Aisle Markers

Decorate your ceremony aisle with candlelit lanterns to create a romantic, cozy setting. This is one of our favorite (and easiest) wedding lighting ideas to recreate at nearly any type of venue, from garden weddings to formal ballrooms.

outdoor wedding reception venue with bistro lights and round tables

Bistro Lights

Whether you're getting married at an outdoor space or indoor venue, strands of bistro lights or Christmas lights will bring instant charm and character. Suspend them in rows over your lounge area, dance floor, or wedding reception tables to create a magical canopy of fairy lights.

clear wedding reception tent with string lights and round banquet tables

Tented Light Strands

For the ultimate wow factor, accent a clear-top wedding tent with dozens of draped LED string lights—it will feel like you're celebrating under a sky full of stars. This wedding lighting idea also looks gorgeous with a standard marquee tent or sailcloth tent.

modern wedding sweetheart table with Edison bulb lamps

Edison Bulbs 

Edison light bulbs are a sleek, sophisticated hanging light option if you love modern style. Suspend them vertically from the ceiling on long cables to create an industrial-inspired backdrop on your wedding day.

rustic antler chandelier at barn wedding venue

Antler Chandelier 

Romantic with a rustic twist! An antler chandelier looks right at home inside a barn or countryside wedding venue.

romantic wedding ceremony altar idea with white flameless candles and greenery backdrop

Pillar Candle Ceremony Altar

Make your wedding ceremony seem extra-intimate by surrounding the altar with clusters of pillar candles and lush greenery accents. The candles will give the space a warm white glow that feels welcoming and homey.

custom wedding gobo wall projection that says

Custom Wall Projection

A custom gobo is one of the best wedding lighting ideas if you're looking to add an ultra-personal element to your wedding decor. Project your initials, wedding date or a sweet saying, like "Love Never Fails," onto an empty wall or your dance floor.

rustic chic chandelier with mason jars for barn wedding decor

Mason Jar Chandelier

A quirky mason jar chandelier is fitting for a vintage theme or rustic wedding. We love seeing this country-style accent repurposed in a different way (instead of just for wedding centerpieces!).

paper luminaries with votive candles floating in a pool at outdoor wedding reception

Paper Luminaries

Floating luminaries create an oh-so-magical effect if your venue has a pool, fountain or other water feature (FYI: you'll need paper lanterns, votive candles and styrofoam to keep them afloat). You can also use luminaries to accent walkways, staircases, and patios.

outdoor wedding dance floor with string light backdrop

Dance Floor Backdrop

An illuminated wall of string lights provides the dreamiest ambiance for dancing the night away with your guests.

custom wedding lighting sign with last name

Illuminated Letter Sign

This wedding lighting idea is like Lite-Brite for your wedding, but better. Show off your last name with a glowing sign featuring dotted letters.

glam wedding lighting idea multiple chandeliers hanging over dance floor

Hall of Chandeliers

Why stop at just one chandelier when you can have dozens? Crystal chandeliers bring a luxurious, dramatic spin to your wedding decor. If your venue doesn't have chandeliers already in place, look into renting them from a local event stylist or decor company.

shabby chic chandelier for elegant wedding

Vintage Chandelier 

An antique-style iron chandelier finished with a light brown patina looks lovely if you're going for a shabby chic or French country aesthetic.

outdoor wedding venue at night with lanterns and candles illuminating the pathways

Hurricane Lanterns

Use candlelit lanterns to illuminate the main walkways of your venue to make it easy for your guests to navigate around the space after dark. If your venue doesn't permit the use of candles, you can get the same look with battery-powered options (no one will know from far away, trust us!).

wedding reception tent with crystal chandelier with gold leaves

Gold Beaded Chandelier 

Scout local event rental and lighting companies to look for a golden chandelier like this one, which will add ethereal Grecian goddess vibes to your ceremony or reception space. 

industrial wedding venue with Edison bulb lamps and gold sequin aisle runner

Pendant Lights

If your venue has high ceilings, accentuate them with an eye-catching pendant light installation. Add ghost chairs and metallic gold accents, and you have the contemporary wedding space of our dreams.

Southern wedding decor with brass chandelier covered in Spanish moss

Chandelier with Spanish Moss

Spanish moss brings Southern flair to a brass chandelier, but you could recreate a similar look with other greenery, such as eucalyptus or olive leaves.

heart-shaped marquee light for outdoor wedding venue

Illuminated Marquee Heart 

How cute is this heart-shaped marquee light sign? It's a perfect accent if you're looking for something simple yet sweet. Place a marquee heart anywhere that needs a decorative boost—above your sweetheart table, dessert bar, or venue entrance.