Wedding Lighting Ideas

It's been fun putting together some of our favourite wedding lighting ideas. Lighting can completely transform a wedding. We know we are terrible at posting lots of wedding details on our blog, since we usually prefer to focus on our awesome couples and emotions. However, we do take LOTS of them. We always make sure we capture details from different angles making sure to capture all the work and design that was put into your wedding. Taking a good photo is all about lighting, and while we can make our own if needed, accent lights are the sure fire way to take your wedding ceremony and reception to the next level.



Candles are the number one easy way to make your wedding reception romantic. The ratio of cost to value for candles packs a huge punch. There are a lot of ways you can use candles. A few ideas are: Putting them on the middle of the table (obviously), hanging them from centerpieces, putting them in jars or lanterns and hanging them / scattering them throughout the venue, on windowsills, put them on floor and any empty space, float them in jars of water. You can have them long or short, skinny or fat. You can almost drill candles into any surface like rocks and wood. They are always a great complement to any greenery. Bonus tip: some venues don’t allow candles, but fake candles still add great accent lights.


Add some class to your wedding with hanging chandeliers. Many venues have chandeliers installed already and some have the ability to add afterwards. Bonus tip: don't be afraid to add flowers / greenery to your chandeliers and lighting.



There's no limit to creativity when projecting designs in your venue. You can put any image anywhere! We have seen some great ones with the couple's monogram and cool designs being projected through the venue to completely change the look! Spotlights with graphics add some amazing texture to your wedding reception / ceremony. Bonus tip: try adding subtle graphics and texture to walls and ceilings of your venue.



String lights add some perfect accent lights to the roof of your venue. You can even create a light wall where you vertically hang accent lights, and it adds a lot of interest to a room.

"In our extensive experience, nothing transforms a venue space quite like the right lighting. Lighting can transform even the most pedestrian hotel ballroom or industrial space into a place of magic and enchantment. It sets the scene for that finishing touch of welcoming warmth and romance. It breathes life into the decor, and sets the tone for the whole affair." - Wedding Planners / Sea To Sky Celebrations




Up lighting just screams luxury. You can completely transform your venue. The key is to accent them off interesting points of the venue. The beauty of the latest LED’s is you can choose whatever colour you would like on the fly. Most up lights are as simple as plug them in, angle them, and turn them on! Bonus tip: try not and have hotspots. If lights are too bright in one area move away from the wall or turn power down.


Event rentals, DJ’s and wedding planners are the go to’s for extra lighting. If you have the space, some are just cheaper to buy on your own then sell after the wedding. Many have the DIY option, but just like photography there is definitely a right and wrong way to using lighting, so we usually recommend a professional lighting designer that has experience with how the light works.

"It is important to select the right lighting for the space and the theme, and multiple choices are available from candles of all sorts to strings, fairy lights, canopies, LED curtain and pillar lights, illuminated giant letters (very on trend) and lanterns of all styles and sizes, and more. We’re pretty sure we have seen and done it all! We love wedding photographers like Pursell Photography Inc. who know how to work with every kind of lighting to translate the magic of the scene into breathtaking, beautiful images." - Wedding Planners / Sea To Sky Celebrations


What do you guys think? Any tips of making your lighting reception better? *A special thanks to Sea to Sky Celebrations for sharing their expertise with us!  


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