Lighting up your wedding
Your wedding may start in the glorious sunshine, but as the day goes on the and the sunsets, it can be tricky to know how to illuminate your reception. So read our 5 top tips and you will no longer being in the dark about lighting up your wedding!
Fairy lights are a brilliant option for the budget bride. Not only do they give a magical feel to the outdoor, summer wedding but they are easy to get hold of and put up! They are also relatively safe so you can put them up in trees or in the marquee. So add a little fairy dust to your big day!
Paper lanterns can be a great option if you are having a garden wedding- especially if your marquee is little small. Putting paper lanterns outside the marquee, with seating, gives your guests other places to sit and chat. They give a gentle, glowing light which creates a stunning atmosphere! Take care though, if it is windy they may not be the safest of options!
Candles are always a success. The romantic radiance will flicker beautifully late into the evening. They are easy to get hold of and excellent for the budget bride. They can also double up as table centre pieces! It is best to put them on something sturdy to avoid them being knocked over. Also have you considered a candelabra? They look amazing.
If you are a ‘do it yourself’ budget bride then making lanterns out of out jam jars is a great way to light up your wedding. Wash your jam jars in the dishwasher to remove any labels, and using nail polish remover, remove any sticky marks. Then using wire or string tie a loop to the top of the jar and place a tea light candle in the base of the jar. If you are really creative you could glue tissue paper to the inside of the jar to create a colored glow, or you could use printed tracing paper, if you want to show a message. Jam jar lanterns are great as outdoor lights as they can be safely hung along fence posts to show paths, hung on trees as decoration, or just scattered about the garden. Remember to have a stock of spare tea lights- you may need to go round a relight mid way through the night. Flares are fantastic if you want to light up a path or drive, to guide your guest to the reception or the marquee. Not only do they look dramatic and elegant but they are easy to put in place and light. You do need to take some care though especially if there are young children, overhanging trees or if you want to put them close to the marquee. Whatever you choose in the end, don’t keep your guests in the dark! Having spent so much time on your wedding, you want people to see it glowing in all its glory!
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