Unique Ideas For Wedding Reception Lighting

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Unique Ideas For Wedding Reception Lighting

You can easily elevate your wedding reception with a burst of drama by adding statement lighting to your event space. Whether you’re being married inside or outside, we’re sharing our best wedding reception lighting ideas to *spark* your wedding décor inspiration, from strands of glittering lights to clusters of flickering pillar candles.

Keep reading for unique wedding light decoration ideas that redefine the concept of “setting the tone” if your wedding location needs a little extra flair.

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The ambiance at your wedding reception is determined by your decor, music, and lighting. And if you think that lighting your event is as simple as flipping a switch, you’re in for a surprise. The lighting at your wedding reception should be as beautiful and memorable as the rest of your day. So, here are some ideas for unique ideas for lighting your wedding reception.

The Best Ideas For Wedding Reception Lighting


Chandeliers are a great way to add glamour to your wedding reception. And they can be used in different ways, depending on the venue and look you’re going for. However, it’s important to note that only some chandeliers are created equal: some have an industrial look, while others are more ornate (think crystal and candlelight).

If you want something that gives off a vintage feel, go for an antique chandelier with lots of crystals! If you need something modern-looking and fun, try one with LEDs inside—it will give off a great glow!

Chandeliers can be hung from trees for a rustic outdoor wedding or indoors to add a touch of elegance and whimsy.


Monogram Lighting

Monogram lighting is a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding reception. You can use it in many different ways, from highlighting a specific area of the room or creating dramatic effects. 

With monogram lighting, you can create whatever you desire! For example, you might project the invitation design in lights on the wall, or you could develop a unique monogram, especially for your wedding. 

Monogram lighting is a lovely way to add a unique finishing touch to your wedding and make it stand out.

Paper Lanterns

If you’re looking for a romantic way to dress up your reception, look no further than paper lanterns. These simple yet elegant lanterns can be used as decorations or centerpieces and are also easy to transport and set up. 

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Gobo Lighting

So let’s start by defining a gobo. A “gobo” is a type of wedding lighting that projects something in lights on a wall, floor, or ceiling.

Gobo lighting is a popular choice for wedding receptions, as it creates an elegant ambiance and adds a touch of drama to your event. This one of our favorite styles of wedding lighting is undoubtedly this one since it adds so much. Wow! 

It’s the first thing guests notice when they enter the space, catching their attention, and it’s just such a fantastic opportunity to customize the location and make it your own for your special day.

You may beam your monogram, name, wedding date, or slogan on the wall behind your head table or down on the dance floor since you can project it pretty much everywhere. It’s a fantastic way to spruce up your location and is personalized.

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Candle Lighting

Candle lighting is a great way to create an intimate atmosphere. Candles can be placed on the tables, the dance floor, and the head table. Using battery-operated candles for safety is always a good idea.

It is also important to ensure extra batteries are on hand in case some of them run out during your reception. If you want to add height to your candle displays, try using jar candles or vases with floral arrangements around them instead of tall pillar-style candles.

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Wedding ceremony with candles in the hall.

Custom Neon Sign

The popularity of neon signs doesn’t appear to be declining soon. So if you want to add a lot of personality to your event venue, consider using this unique lighting option. For example, you may use the neon sign to display your last name or a funny saying behind your head table for a quick photo backdrop.

Rattan Lanterns

Considering a bohemian wedding theme? Rattan lanterns will complement your wedding decor well. To complete the relaxed atmosphere, add plants and floating votive lights.

Love Sign

Declare to everyone that you’ve found the one with the giant marquee love letters. But, of course, your visitors won’t be able to help themselves by taking a few pictures in front of this striking backdrop.

Illuminated Love sign in large letters at a wedding reception

Bistro Lights

Strings of bistro lights or Christmas lights will instantly add charm and personality to your wedding, whether indoors or outside. To create a lovely canopy of fairy lights, hang them in rows over your dance floor, lounge area, or wedding reception tables.

Tented Light Strands

Add dozens of draped LED string lights to a clear-top wedding tent for the ultimate wow factor; you’ll feel like you’re partying under a starry sky. But, of course, a typical marquee tent or sailcloth tent also looks stunning when used with this wedding lighting concept.

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Great Lighting Makes Your Reception More Beautiful.

Lighting can be a beautiful addition to your wedding day. It can help you create the perfect mood for each part of your reception and add a touch of romance.

Here are some ideas for how to use lighting to enhance your reception:

  • Choose romantic lighting that adds a glow to couples during their first dance or when they’re enjoying each other’s company at their table during dinner. You could also choose uplighting that creates an elegant look on the floor around tables and chairs.
  • Use different colored lights in areas where people will be dancing, such as over the dance floor or under trees where guests gather for photos before or after dinner service begins (or both). This helps set the mood for dancing by giving off a fun vibe and creating great photo opportunities when couples are together celebrating this special occasion!

We hope we have given you some great ideas for your wedding reception lighting. Remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg regarding options. You can do many more things with lighting than we have outlined here. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know in the comments below!