Unique Wedding Decoration Ideas – Use Wedding Lights as Part of Your Decor

Planning a wedding means making some big decorating decisions. Using wedding lights will add ambiance, brilliance and romance to your wedding decor. Here are some of the choices available to make your special day shine.

WEDDING LIGHT DISPLAYS

Add a dramatic and elegant touch to your wedding décor using wedding light displays.

Wedding light displays come in a variety of styles and colors. Some favorites include bells, doves and hearts. There are also roses and even cupid styles. Just plug them in and you’ve got a spectacular lighted wedding decoration.

Most wedding light displays are for indoor or outdoor use making them an easy way to decorate. Place one above the wedding party’s table, over the entry way to the reception area or near the dance floor. Accent them with some string lights on white wire and you’ve got a truly beautiful wedding decoration.

As an added benefit, wedding light displays can also be used at Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Once you see how beautiful these displays are, they will be the first decoration up next holiday season!

BATTERY OPERATED MINI WEDDING LIGHTS

There are two varieties of these wedding lights; incandescent or LED.

If you are using floral table centerpieces, then battery operated mini lights make the perfect accent. Nest them in your floral arrangement and turn them on. They turn an ordinary bouquet into an exquisite centerpiece.

Battery operated mini wedding lights are a great accent anywhere you want to add sparkle. Intertwine them with some white garland around windows or table tops a shimmering effect. Here’s an easy wedding decoration idea. Buy an 18 inch grapevine wreath, some small dried flowers (like baby’s breath) and wide white ribbon. Secure the battery pack to the back and weave the lights around the wreath. Next attach bunches of the dried flowers over the lights and wreath. Wrap the ribbon around the top to hang and you have an elegant lighted wedding decoration.

One safety consideration using battery operated incandescent mini wedding lights; they run hot so use caution when placing them near flammable materials for extended periods of time.

WEDDING STRING LIGHTS

Clean and classic, these wedding lights add luminescence and elegance to your wedding décor. Their decorating uses are limited only by your imagination.

White wedding lights are available in incandescent or LED and come in mini, globe, C6, C7 and C9 styles. The difference between incandescent and LED is economy and safety. LED wedding lights are more expensive but run cooler than incandescent. LED lights also use about 80% less electricity than incandescent, so they pay for themselves over time. Also, LED wedding lights have a much longer bulb life than incandescent, reducing the expense of replacing worn out string lights. With the right accessories, LED wedding lights make a brilliant ceiling-to-floor display or a wonderful accent to the rope light sculptures.

Mini wedding string lights are best used as accents around windows and doors. If you are planning an outdoor wedding these lights make great arbor accents. Nesting them in the arbor’s foliage creates a starry canopy for the bride and groom.

Here’s a quick and easy wedding decoration idea. Loosely wrap (like a cigar) a string of LED mini wedding lights in tulle and place along the edge of a table top. You’ve created a gorgeous wedding decoration in just a few minutes.

Globe, C6, C7 and C9 wedding lights are best for exterior or perimeter applications. Globe wedding lights come in two sizes (G12 and G25). Globe wedding lights can be used as room accents like around the tops of walls or windows.

No matter what type of wedding lights you use, it is a good idea to buy an extra strand or two just in case of emergencies (the nervous bride will be forever grateful). Also, plug all the lights in to ensure they are working properly. A little preventative measure goes a long way.

Keep your wedding decorating tasks minimal and still make your guests think you’ve spent countless hours creating the perfect atmosphere. Wedding lights make it possible. With a little imagination and lots of fun, you’ll have the perfect look for your special day!

Why Do I Need Lighting at My Wedding?

This is the common question among brides looking at their budgets and comparing it to the picture they clipped from a magazine the day before. A wedding is a complex event of organized desires and wants. It is a compilation of emotions, desires and hopes of a dream that one has in the mind. Catered food, imported flowers, specially designed colors; all of this combined creates the day we call the wedding. But where does the lighting come in? The common misconception is the look translated in the picture. Lighting is the very essence of mood. Colors and intensities, placement and texture; this is what makes amazing events memorable; this is what you see in the picture!

If you want to set a mood, if you want to create an atmosphere that your guests will remember, lighting is a must! This is usually very affordable in the grand picture of the wedding budget. A good lighting package generally costs about 7% of the overall budget. When this amount is planned for, it is not a shock. I encourage all of my clients to start by setting aside their lighting budget. Every element of the wedding is important, but a flower without lighting is an expensive shadow, and a cake in a dark corner smells great, but no one knows it’s there! Take time to look through your mind’s eye and ask yourself these questions:

* Do I want to set a mood at my wedding reception?

* Do I want to create a memory that no one will forget?

* Am I willing to adjust other budgeted items to make room for lighting?

Once you define what you want to accomplish in your reception look, we can help you envision just where lighting fits in your wedding reception!

Take a look at our Wedding Lighting Portfolio to see how lighting can transform your wedding.

Until next time, Keep it Light!

Specialty Lighting For Weddings

In recent years, there has been a move towards consulting a lighting specialist when planning a wedding. Rather than accepting their venues the way they are, brides and grooms are exploring creative options for setting a mood, personalizing their wedding, camouflaging unattractive features, and highlighting beautiful ones. This is an overview of the ways in which specialty lighting can be used to enhance a wedding.

Perhaps the biggest trend in wedding lighting has become the use of chandeliers. The most fascinating thing about this is that it is not only the fancy weddings with black tie attire and loads of jewelry which are being decorated with rented chandeliers. Whether they are opulent crystal chandeliers, rustic ones for barn weddings, or sleek modern lights for a loft wedding, it seems as though the reception just isn’t right until it has been lit by a chandelier. The visual impact of a specially selected light over each dinner table simply cannot be beat. Chandeliers are also a marvelous way to add style to a generic space or to draw attention away from an unappealing ceiling. Even weddings in tents and barns are being dressed up with chandeliers.

Another very hot type of wedding lighting is colored gels. These can be used to add drama and style to the ceremony, the reception, and especially the dance floor. The colors can even be designed to change as the evening progresses to achieve a different ambiance at different times. This sort of advanced lighting technique definitely requires the services of a lighting specialist.

Spotlights also are wonderful for weddings. Shine a spot on any area that you wish to highlight, such as the wedding cake. The bright light will ensure that your stand out elements get the attention they deserve. Another popular use for spotlights is to shine them on the bride and groom during their first dance. A nice side benefit about spotlights is that when you draw attention to certain features, the areas left in the dark will naturally recede; great when you have an ugly corner to hide.

A really cool thing you can do with specialty lighting for your wedding is project a monogram or motif. They can be done in white or colored lights. The most popular places to shine the custom design is on the center of the dance floor or on the wall behind the head table. Monograms are especially popular, but some couples will also choose a unique motif, such as a regal crown. This is a detail that is sure to impress.

When you are devising a lighting scheme for your wedding, be sure to factor in candles. They are low tech, to be sure, but candles remain the most romantic form of lighting. Nothing is quite as lovely as the flickering glow of candlelight reflecting on your guests’ faces and bringing out the sparkle in their wedding jewelry. Candles are inexpensive and plentiful, so be sure to use them in abundance.

Lighting a wedding should be a central feature of the overall design rather than an afterthought. The transformative power of light is simply marvelous, and you can use it to fantastic effect. A specialized lighting plan will be just what you need to elevate your wedding from merely pretty to pretty spectacular!