10 Reception Lighting Ideas

As any event designer will tell you, lighting sets the mood for the evening. Whether you’re looking for something soft and romantic or bright and upbeat, your choice in lighting is key to transforming your venue. From lanterns to LED furniture, we present 10 bright ideas for your wedding reception space.


Uplighting

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In their wedding, Mila and William Chong opted for pink uplighting at their Henry Morrison Flagler Museum reception.


Furniture

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Many rental companies are now offering modern lighted furniture options. These LED swirl high tops and bar stools by Just Bars will surely get the party started.


String Lights

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Photo by Wedding 101

Although very simple, this canopy of string lights gives guests the impression of sitting under thousands of stars.


Lamps

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Photo by Make Be Leaves

Although these lamps were used to line the ceremony, this idea could easily translate into the reception.


Paper Lanterns

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Photo by Bridal Guide

Add a punch of color to your reception space with an array of floating paper lanterns.


Candles

Photo by Wedding 101

Whether hanging artistically overhead or glowing on tables, candles create a romantic atmosphere. If your reception space contains a pool, try setting candles afloat on the water.


Chandeliers

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Photo by Mark Brooke

Add elegance to any reception space with hanging chandeliers. In the rustic reception above, the antique barn is complemented by glittering chandeliers.


Mason Jars

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These fun and unique hanging Mason jar planks are great for Southern or rustic weddings.


Lace

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Photo by My House My Home

Perfect for any vintage wedding, these lace lanterns were constructed by overlapping lace doilies onto a balloon.


Umbrellas

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Photo by 100 Layer Cake

These chic vintage umbrellas add a Parisian-inspired vibe to the reception space.