Lighting Tips for Outdoor Weddings


If you’re one of the lucky couples tying the knot in the upcoming months, you may have already been planning to take advantage of the temperate weather conditions and fresh-bloomed flowers to set the stage for a gorgeous, outdoor wedding. But with all the details that go into making your big day special, one thing you probably haven’t considered is how to take advantage of your lighting. Although there are many ways to make your outdoor wedding shine, below are some unique ideas on how to highlight key areas of your ceremony.

Lighting the Aisle: Lanterns

lanternsweddingLanterns with candles are a popular choice to line the path to matrimony. However, we recommend using these beautiful LED lanterns instead to reduce the risk of a fire hazard. These battery-operated LED lanterns will be reusable for years, and they will also be easier to use and maintain throughout the ceremony since you won’t have to deal with the mess of wax candles.  Lanterns would also look great from above – if you have trees in your location, consider hanging them from there.

Lighting the Altar: Icicle Light Strings

lightaltarMany outdoor weddings have an archway or some other sort of covering above the altar, with gazebos being the tried-and-true choice. Hanging beautiful icicle light strings around the roof of an outdoor archway or gazebo will set the perfect romantic mood, enveloping you and your future spouse in a dim, enchanting glow as you say your vows and seal the deal. To really amp up this effect, go with icicle light curtains, where each icicle hangs as low as the ground.

Lighting the Guests: Tree Lights or Commercial Light Stringers

tree lightsTo maximize lighting for your ceremony, why not use nature to your advantage and simply cloak nearby trees with tree wrap lights? A forest of tiny, sparkling lights will certainly give your wedding a magical and memorable atmosphere. Regular Christmas lights will do the trick just as well, though they aren’t guaranteed to be spaced as closely or evenly. Or, if trees are not abundant at your location, another option would be to hang commercial light stringers between tall light posts instead. Available in varying string lengths, these evenly spaced, larger bulbs will create a stunning canopy of light and cover more area than other light strings.

Lighting the Tables: Christmas Lights in Mason Jars


Finally, mason jars filled with battery operated Christmas lights will make charming centerpieces for your guests’ tables, whether suspended from above or resting on the tables themselves. Use these glowing jars to add a simple, hometown reminiscence to your ceremony, or combine them with other decorative elements, such as vases full of flowers or potpourri, for a more upscale ambiance.

Do you have any unique lighting ideas for outdoor weddings? Let us know in the comments or send us a line on Google PlusFacebookTwitter, Pinterest, or LinkedIn!

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Jessica Banke

Jessica is the Lead Copywriter at 1000Bulbs.com, meaning she spends 40 hours a week illuminating the world on lighting topics from A to Z. Otherwise, she can be found on an outdoor patio listening to live music or at home playing with her miniature Australian Shepherd, Sydney. Check back often for more of her fun and practical lighting articles!