How to Light Up Your Wedding with LED Lights

Posted by Birddog Lighting on Jun 18th 2019

How to Light Up Your Wedding with LED Lights

Are you planning your wedding? Lighting probably doesn’t sound like something you need to worry about, but it actually plays a big role on your special day.

Your wedding lighting will help people see all of the details that you worked for! Not only does it make it easier to see what’s going on, but it also helps set the mood.

Whether you like gobo lighting, landscape lighting, or even candles, your wedding will shine in just the way you want it to.

Keep reading to learn more about lighting styles you can use in your wedding and find the perfect option for you.

Wedding Lighting: Unique Ideas to Consider

Weddings are all about love and commitment, but they also can be about creativity for couples that want to have a special ceremony or reception.

Lights and lighting styles help us figure out what type of expression a room or event space is trying to portray.

A great way to express a certain type of atmosphere is to use lighting in specific ways. Learning about lighting styles can also help you with your photos and the photos your guests take during the ceremony or reception!

Twinkle Lights

Twinkle lights are so popular for weddings this season. They are also known as fairy lights and are simply small lights on a line of string. 

This is an easy way to find a type of lighting and can be used in many ways. You may want twinkle lights to line a table, as a backdrop, or something else entirely! 

Color Wash

Color wash is created by using colored lighting. Layers of acetate gel are placed on lights to change the color of the lights. It adds warmth and a calm feeling to an environment.

For a wedding, you may consider using this on ceilings or the dance floor at the reception! Working with a professional to choose the best color is a good idea to coordinate with the overall theme.

Landscape Lighting

This type of lighting is often used for outdoor weddings. You can use this for pathways, gardens, pools, or trees. Outdoor landscapes are where landscape lighting is used!

Spotlighting and Uplighting

A spotlight is when there is a single beam that is directed at something in particular. You likely have seen a spotlight at some point before as they are commonly used in stage performances.

Uplighting is when light is shot upward. This could be against a wall or against a table. You may want to use this to accent a plain wall in your venue or to add extra color to something specific.


Candles are used often in weddings and they are likely another type of lighting you have seen before at some point! It can help to warm up a room, but it is important to remember that they don’t get that bright.

Gobo Lighting

Another very popular lighting technique for weddings today, gobo is a stencil that slides into a projection and a light is cast onto a surface from there.

The light that is cast from the projector will help project an actual image onto whatever you would like! This image could be your initials, a photo of the happy couple or, anything else that represents what you want for your special day.

Outdoor Wedding Lights

Getting married outdoors is a great idea, but lighting is super important!

If you are getting married during the day, you will have the option to use the natural light and that’s all. You can always add in other types of lighting to help illuminate and focus the eyes on a certain area as well.

Lighting is used to help people see, but it is also used as a means to be creative. You can be very specific and intentional with use of lighting that may not even be that bright, such as candles or twinkle lights, to add a little something to the event.

Night Wedding Ideas: Illuminate Your Space

When you’re having a nighttime ceremony or reception outside, you need to be sure that there is adequate lighting so that everyone can see what is going on. Otherwise, it will be really hard to enjoy all of your hard work!

Landscape lighting is a great option for a nighttime wedding that is also outside. Not only is it going to make it easier for people to get around without running into things, but it also will showcase a lot of the decorations as well.

Candles are another option that can work, but since they don’t give off a lot of light, they will need to be used with another option.

Part of what you need to think about is the wedding style and what type of decorations you are trying to match. Most types of lighting can be used in an outdoor space, but remembering functionality is crucial for it to work.

Choosing the Best Wedding Lighting Ideas

Now that you know about some of the wedding lighting options you may have, you are probably ready to start figuring out what type of lighting will work for you.

Whether you are having a daytime wedding in a venue or a nighttime wedding outside, there are great lighting options for you that will make you and your soon-to-be-spouse shine!

If you’d like to learn more about decorating your space with LED lighting when you are getting ready for your wedding, check out our blog post to see what you can find.

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