10 Creative Lighting Designs for Your Wedding or Special Event

Events such as weddings, corporate galas, or anniversary celebrations are special occasions calling for grandiose decor and bling to wow attendees. Nowhere else will you find the perfect combination of flowers, lights, and decor come together to create a truly remarkable space. We all know the beauty, luxury, and elegance flowers bring to an event, but the lighting you choose is also essential in creating the mood and look you desire. Whether glorious and bright or romantic and soft, the lighting sets the tone for the entire event. Here at Rose Hill Flowers – Weddings & Events, our experts show you some of the different and creative lighting designs you may want to have for your big day.

10 Types of Lighting To Consider for Your Special Event 

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String Lights and Cafe Bulbs 

String lights and cafe bulbs have become popular lighting options often seen at boho, chic, or barn-type weddings. Providing a soft, warm glow, they are perfect for creating a romantic, loving, and cozy vibe. Their classic, simple designs are charming and sweet and will fit into almost any theme or design.

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Fairy Lights and Twinkle Lights

Smaller than bulb lights, fairy lights, also known as twinkle lights, are less boho and more elegant and classic. To achieve a glistening effect from above, hang fairy lights from the ceiling. Place them in lines of different lengths to create a cascading effect. You can also place them close together to create a curtain of lights. No matter how these versatile lights are used, the effect is always charming, soft, and dreamlike.

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Candelabra Centerpieces

Regal and stately, candelabras with lighted candles take us back to the days of Bridgerton and Regency England and the time of elegant, extravagant balls. A timeless design piece, gold or silver candelabras will elevate your decor and impress your guests, especially when paired with lush blooms.

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Neon Signs

For an off-beat, trendy, and jazzy vibe, go with neon signs to add a pop of color and Las Vegas-style lighting. Neon signs are a great accent piece and can be personalized to suit your event. Put a neon sign above your sweetheart, or use it to indicate the lounge or photo opp area. Whether it says “love,” “always & forever,” or your name, neon signs are a fun way to incorporate unique lighting into your wedding.

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Floating Candles

There’s nothing quite like the ambiance natural flames provide, and when hung from the ceiling, the result is a soft, romantic ambiance. Floating candles provide a gentle, warm light, and are especially beautiful when encased in a glass ball or vase.

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LED Globes or LED Balloons

Hide harsh lighting by placing the bulb within paper globes, lanterns, or balloons to create a soft, diffuse light perfect for special ceremonies. Light globes or balloons are fun to hang above dance floors, used as a backdrop, or to accent a particular area. You could even place them in a pool to add drama, luxury, and soft lighting to your wedding.

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Spotlights and Uplighting 

To highlight a particular area, use uplighting or spotlighting to focus on special areas or items. This lighting option is great for emphasizing the bride and groom, gorgeous florals, or the band. Uplighting is also a great way to control the flow and mood of the event by switching its view from one area to the next.

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Lighted Trees 

Lighted trees enhance the beauty of their structure and add an alluring and soft, magical ambiance to outdoor events. Lights encircling limbs and trunks going in all different directions create a wonderfully artistic take on Mother Nature’s awesome creations and make any outdoor event so much more interesting.

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Pillar Candles in Tall Glass Vases

A grouping of candles in glass vases of varying heights creates an attractive lighting spectacle that provides islands of intrigue and charm throughout the room. This type of lighting is ideal for drawing attention to features such as an alter, an entryway, or a dazzling floral centerpiece.

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A Disco Ball Above the Dance Floor 

Most weddings include dancing, and there’s nothing quite like a disco ball to get people moving! The glittery, spinning ball casts reflective lights all across the room and floor, adding a sense of fun, merriment, and joy!

Selecting the lighting for your special event begins with knowing the type of moods you want to evoke during the event. From soft, romantic, and serious to fun, enthusiastic, and joyful, lighting can help get it right. Work with a wedding planner on the best way to illuminate your wedding or event, and, as always, use Rose Hill Flowers – Weddings & Events for the very best in fresh, gorgeous florals for all your special occasions.