15 Gorgeous Lighting Ideas for Outdoor Weddings
The right lighting can set the perfect mood for your wedding. An elegant chandelier over the dance floor will make your reception space feel like a royal ballroom, and a few strings of lights can turn a barn into an elegant, rustic reception space. But your lighting doesn't have to stay inside. Take your celebration outdoors: Hang chandeliers from oak trees, drape lights over your ceremony arbor or string Edison bulbs above your reception tables. Whatever you choose, light the way to a beautiful celebration with any one of these outdoor lighting options.
1. Beachside Lights
Simple market lights will look beautiful draped across tropical tree limbs at your beachside reception.
2. Gold Chandeliers
Hang ornate gold chandeliers above banquet tables to give your outdoor tent the Midas touch.
3. A Low Arbor With String Lights
Seat your guests beneath a woodland-inspired arbor with lots of greenery. Weave twinkling lights between the leaves and branches for captivating reception décor.
4. Steel Lanterns
Chic lanterns instantly upgrade an outdoor seating area while providing an intimate glow.
5. Chandelier in the Trees
A glitzy chandelier will adds whimsy and glamour to an outdoor reception. Hang the chandelier from a large tree branch to take advantage of natural setting.
6. A Fire Pit
A cozy fire pit will set the tone for a relaxing evening and give your guests a homey place to sit and chat.
7. Limb Lighting
If your reception area has a canopy of trees with long, low-reaching limbs (like oak trees), use them to your advantage by dangling clusters of lights from the branches.
8. Geometric Glow
Hang chic, architectural chandeliers along banquet tables to add light and cozy ambiance.
9. Lanterns on Vines
Incorporate an array of lanterns in different metals and designs for your rustic reception. Wrap the lanterns in verdant garlands and hang them over your tables.
10. Tented Lights
String market lights from the top of a pole to create a charming and impressive tent-shaped light display.
11. Edison Lightbulbs
Chasing daylight at an evening reception? Hang industrial-chic bulbs along your tables for a beautiful visual that your guests will love—especially when they can still see their entreés after the sun sets.
12. Rustic Candlelight
Bring romantic candlelight to your tables with tall silver candelabras holding with classic white tapers. Incorporate lots of greenery and fresh florals for elegant centerpieces.
13. Lanterns on Limbs
Hang lanterns from low limbs for an alternative ceremony backdrop or cocktail hour setting that's cozy, unexpected and just a touch magical.
14. Vintage Lamps
Vintage glass lamps will offer a soft glow during your outdoor ceremony. Hang them from a homemade arbor and decorate with delicate blooms and lots of greenery.
15. Lanterns on the Beach
A set of simple lanterns will look breathtaking at your sunset wedding on the beach.