Lights, camera, action!

So you’ve found the love of your life, set the date and booked the perfect venue, now what? Setting the right mood for your reception can be tricky, but choose the right lighting and you can transform a plain space in seconds. When the wedding breakfast is finished and the speeches are over it’s time to let your hair down and have some fun! This is usually signified by the main overhead lights being turned off and everyone in the room making “whoo” sounds and giggling (you know you’ve done it too). Why not follow the cheeky “whoo” with a few astonished “oohs”.

Choose dreamy satin wall coverings with colourful uplighters, or combine uplighting with beautiful string lights on the ceiling for an added wow factor.

photo credit: http://www.hireforparties.co.uk

Giant illuminated initials or words are very popular right now and it’s easy to see why, they can make a huge impact in the room and provide a great photo prop. Why not see if you can move them outside in the evening for a romantic photo shoot.

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This gorgeous couple made their own letters for their big day, the link to their blog is below their photo if you feel inspired to do the same!

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http://evanandkatelyn.com/2013/08/makin-loooooove-complete-diy-marquee-letters/

String lights are simple and chic but still make a statement. Hang them vertically or delicately bowed for a romantic effect. If you are decorating your own venue this is a great way to dress up a room without breaking the bank. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family if you can borrow their Christmas lights I’m sure they would love to help make your day magical.

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Photography: http://www.kristenweaver.com
www.heatherjowett.com
Photography: http://www.heatherjowett.com

If you wanted to leave the walls alone how about making use of high ceilings and add some drama from above? Colourful paper lanterns bring a real sense of fun to the occasion and can be customised to your colour scheme. I love the simplicity of these hanging bulbs, so romantic.

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photography: http://www.im-art.co.uk/
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photography: http://www.hofferphotography.com
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Photography: http://www.studioimpressions.com.au

Let’s not forget about the humble candle. Use dramatic mismatched candle holders grouped together, or lanterns teamed with small flower displays to make gorgeous table centres.

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Inspirational wedding table centerpieces that feature candles and tea lights.
Photography: http://www.hamiltonphotography.dreamhosters.com

 

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