We are all about the wedding details—cakes, flowers, monogrammed invites, and more. But we have to admit this understated fact: Lighting is the single most important décor element at your wedding. And while, at first, that thought sounds more functional than fun, hear us out: The bulbs and candles you select (whether they're simple votives or over-the-top chandeliers) are what will ultimately light your perfect venue, make your photos just right, and keep the party going—even after the sun goes down.
Take a moment to think about your priorities and create a lighting plan around them. For instance, if you're a foodie bride who envisions a wine-fueled night under the stars, consider hanging string lights above the reception area or placing a long line of taper candles down the middle of the table. Both would spotlight the night's main show (the food) and keep your guests in their seats way past the final course.
Keep scrolling to see picture-perfect wedding lighting ideas that will make your day shine.
Use Taper Candles on Tables
We can't get enough of this light-filled scene. Who knew the balance of taper candles on tables and bistro lights up above could be so perfect?
Illuminate the Outside
Don't forget to illuminate the outside of your space, too—especially if you're pitching a tent in the middle of a dark field. Here, Tara Guérard Soirée lined the edges of this white-draped tent with pillar candles in tall glass vases.
Hang Lights Around Trees
We've talked about hanging lights from trees but you can hang them around trees, too. At this garden wedding in San Diego, string lights look beautiful when wrapped around a statement tree's base and branches.
Use Moroccan-Inspired Lanterns
At this elegant backyard bash, a cluster of Moroccan-inspired lanterns kept the open-air tent lit well into the night. We especially love how the silver hue adds a metallic accent up above (and coordinates with the marble-inspired table settings).
Light Hundreds of Candles
This photo is yet another reminder of how to use lighting to highlight your space. This real bride wanted to highlight the natural beauty of her ceremony site (and rightfully so) so she lined the aisle and altar with hundreds of candles—and zero flowers.
Dance Under a Disco Ball
And speaking of dance floors, don't underestimate the power of a retro disco ball against string lights. The result is pure magic—and let's be honest: Who doesn't want to be in the middle of this dance floor?