10 Unique Lighting Decor Options for Your Big Day

Weddings and special events are incredible experiences where flowers, decor, and lighting combine to create a mesmerizing and illuminating space that tells a story or evokes a particular mood. The lighting is a large part of creating a special space for any occasion. Whether glorious and bright or mysterious and soft, the lighting sets the tone for the entire event. Here at Walter Knoll Florist – Weddings & Events, our experts show you some of the different, fun, and creative lighting designs you may want to have for your big day.

10 Creative Lighting Options for Your Special Event or Wedding 

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String Lights and Cafe Bulbs 

A staple at rustic, boho, or chic outdoor weddings, string and cafe bulb lights create a soft, cozy, dazzling yet charming effect. Like many twinkling stars hanging within reach, the glittery lights sparkling in the dark have great appeal. Their classic, simple design gives off a charming glow from above that will fit into almost any theme or design.

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Fairy Lights and Twinkle Lights

Smaller than bulb lights, fairy lights, also known as twinkle lights, are less boho and more elegant and magical. To achieve glistening lighting from above, hang them from the ceiling in strings to create a cascading effect. You can also place them close together to create a curtain of lights effect or wrap them around trees, plants, posts, and chairs for a dreamlike illuminating effect.

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Candelabra Centerpieces

Stately and regal, candelabras with candles take us back to the days of Bridgerton and elegant Victorian-era weddings. A timeless classic, gold or silver candelabras will elevate your decor and impress your guests, especially when paired with lush blooms.

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Neon Signs

Trendy, chic, and jazzy neon signs are a great accent piece for those cool cats who love the neon age. Play with this versatile lighting option with a personalized neon sign placed above your sweetheart, or use it to indicate the lounge or photo opp area. Whether it says “love,” “always & forever,” your first name, or your new last name, neon signs are a fun way to incorporate unique lighting into your wedding.

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Floating Candles

There’s nothing quite like the ambiance a real flame provides, and when presented in a hanging manner, the result is dreamy and fairytale-like. Floating candles provide a soft, warm, and romantic light for nighttime weddings outdoors. Floating candles or hanging votives are a wonderful and inexpensive way to add lighting that is mesmerizing and beautiful.

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LED Globes or LED Balloons

Hid harsh lighting within globes, lanterns, or balloons to create a soft, lovely kind of light that imbues everything around it with a toned-down beauty. Put these lights above the dance floor, hang from the ceiling above dining areas, or fill the pool with LED globes or balloons to add drama, luxury, and light to your wedding.

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Spotlights and Uplighting 

To liven up the night or highlight a particular area, use uplighting or spotlighting to add pizzazz to your event. This lighting option is great for putting emphasis on the bride and groom, gorgeous florals, or the band. Uplighting is a great way to control the flow and mood of the event by switching its view from one area to the next.

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Lighted Trees 

Lighted trees enhance the beauty of the tree’s structure and add an alluring and soft, magical ambiance to outdoor events. Encircling the limbs and trailing from tree to bush to post, string lights on trees present a dazzling display with many design options available.

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Pillar Candles in Tall Glass Vases

A collection of pillar candles in glass vases of varying heights creates an interesting lighting spectacle that provides oases of drama and charm throughout the room. This type of lighting is ideal for drawing attention to something such as an alter, an entryway, or a dazzling floral centerpiece.

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A Disco Ball Above the Dance Floor 

Most weddings include dancing, and there’s nothing quite like a disco ball to get people moving! The glittery, spinning ball casts reflective lights all across the room and floor, adding a sense of merriment, joy, and fun!

Choosing the lighting for your special event starts with the mood (or moods) you want to evoke during different moments of the event. From soft, romantic, and serious to fun, enthusiastic, and joyful, lighting can help get it right. Work with a wedding planner on the best way to illuminate your wedding or event, and, as always, use Walter Knoll Florist – Weddings & Events for the very best in fresh, gorgeous florals for all your special occasions.