Chances are, you’ve logged countless hours choosing just the perfect dress, menu, playlist and invitations for your wedding. But nothing has the power to transform your celebration quite like the right lighting. From elegant chandeliers to high-tech LEDs, the options are spectacular — if overwhelming. Follow our tips for showing your wedding in the best possible light.
Create ambiance. The ceremony should feel intimate and romantic, so keep the lighting subdued. Jean-Pascal Lemire, owner of BouQuet Fleuriste at Ritz-Carlton Montréal, advises illuminating the aisle and altar or chuppah with white candles in glass holders. “Then add color for the cocktail hour and reception with uplighting along the perimeter of the room or tent to get guests in the party mood,” says Lemire.
Spotlight décor. Draw attention to flowers and centerpieces with pinspotting or soft, diffused lighting, says Terry Cambise of Terry Cambise LLC Wedding and Event Consulting. “Lighting on a lucid linen, like iridescent taffeta or shimmery silk, will bring out the fabric’s luster.” Use glass and crystals to help capture and reflect light within your décor, says Diana Gould of Diana Gould Ltd. Floral & Event Decor.
Highlight surroundings. Putting string lights in trees and gobo lighting on a wall, dance floor or pool adds wow factor, says Rachel Cripps-Gervais of An English Rose, Luxury Lifestyle Weddings. Keep photographs in mind as well. “Lighting color changes are great for different parts of your event, but changing hues during one specific segment of the party can look inconsistent,” says Sheri LaMagna of Brett Matthews Photography.
Show off. Lighting lets you add personality to your event. Refracted light is fabulous on a dance floor, and interactive lights — where images follow and move with you — are a new trend brides are incorporating into the walk down the aisle. “Here’s where less is more,” says Cambise. “Make it look fun, but not too busy.”