The right kind of lighting can make all the difference to your wedding, and can transform your venue into a beautifully romantic space. Whether you’re celebrating your wedding in a marquee or under the stars, there are hundreds of different types of wedding lights you can use to create the perfect atmosphere.
We've put together this section to inspire our customers and readers when planning their weddings, engagement parties, receptions and civil ceremonies. For even more wedding lighting inspiration, visit our wedding board on Pinterest »
Curtain lights can be harsh and bright on their own however dressed with organza fabric can produce delightful results. We love how our friends at 3 Point Lighting have created this enchanting entrance to this wedding reception. With LED bulbs that don't generate any heat, you can use them close to fabrics and there's no worry about safety. For a classic theme always choose warm white curtain lights, they truly capture that nostalgic feel and complement any traditional white wedding.
We held our wedding reception in a hotel room, and hung up backdrop lights behind the gauzy curtains that were already there. They looked amazing – the room had an old-time Hollywood feel to it, and they helped make the transition from dinner into dancing seamless. - Clair, Devon
Photo credit: SK Weddings
Our top marquee wedding light idea is to create a starry sky effect. Marquee interiors can often be stark and boxy meaning you could spend a small fortune trying to transform it into the wedding reception you've always dreamed of.
Most marquees will have a central ceiling point where a chandelier usually hangs, so get creative and use it for fairy lights. Creating your own light canopy is so easy to do using our connectable wedding lights, and if your marquee hire company does not offer one they should. Using a white cable light means the cable blends into the ceiling fabric and creates a pretty starry night sky. Choose warm white for a romantic feel and much softer lighting for your guests at their tables. Feeling bold, then plump for white if it's a winter wonderland wedding theme.
We transformed our marquee into a romantic paradise using strings of lights that we strung from the centre of the tent to the sides. Everyone said that it looked amazing, and it felt very romantic to be sitting under a galaxy of sparkling stars. - Kerry, London
LED tea lights are a beautiful alternative to candles are can be used in many ways. Set one, two, or as many as you like at each guest’s table setting. You can hide LED tea lights within the table’s centrepiece to illuminate and highlight the flower arrangements. Fairy lights are hugely versatile and look great underneath gauzy fabric such as tulle or chiffon; weave them around the table skirt for instant sparkle and glamour.
We were worried about normal tea lights going out or catching things on fire, so your imitation LED tea lights really were a godsend – they created a beautiful glow around each table without any fuss. - Diana, Surrey
Beautiful by day, take your wedding party into the garden with our range of outdoor lights designed to be used in trees, along fences and on the exterior of your wedding marquee. Put sparkles in the foliage to light up the way to the wedding venue, or have net lights over bushes – beautifully simple and simply beautiful.
All Lights4fun outdoor lights are fully IP44 rated, so they can stay outside in all types of weather (fingers crossed for no rain on the big day though!) and can even be left up permanently. For a traditional look but with the benefits of the low running costs associated with LEDs, go for warm white lights - they'll give you a soft, golden glow, but won't run up your energy bill, so that's one less expense to worry about.
‘Our daughter wanted to hold her wedding reception in our garden, so we transformed our grounds into a magical fairy-tale kingdom by stringing lights around the trunks of trees and around their branches. All our guests thought they looked stunning.’ - Mark, Birmingham