Wedding Lighting: 6 Types to Consider for Your Big Day

Once you dive into wedding planning, it’s easy to get excited about all of the little details that go into your perfect day. Chair types, linen choices, centerpieces… There’s a lot to consider when it comes to the look and feel of your big day. But there’s one element that allows your whole design to shine: wedding lighting!

Now, we’re not talking about the stuffy overhead lighting that feels like it says, “Party’s over, everyone! Go home!”

No, we’re talking about decorative lighting choices that enhance your wedding’s atmosphere by creating a mood and showcasing your well-planned details in the very best light.

Here are 7 show-stopping types of wedding lighting to elevate your big day!

5-light orb chandelier | bay area wedding lighting

Photo Credit: Tyler Vu Photography 

Chandeliers

A classic choice when it comes to wedding lighting, chandeliers come in all shapes and sizes! From our 5-light orb chandeliers (pictured above) to our crystal beaded chandeliers, the opportunities are endless! Go glam, industrial, or traditional — there’s an option for you without a doubt!

Market Lights

Perfect for indoor and outdoor celebrations alike, market lights are also known as bistro lights or string lights. While typically sporting larger bulbs than “fairy lights” or “Christmas lights,” market lighting serves to enhance aesthetics while effectively lighting a space. Consider stringing them across your event space, winding them around trees or columns, or highlighting a special area (like a photo booth).

uplighting | tri-valley wedding lighting

Uplights

As the name suggests, uplights project light…upwards! This is a great way to add drama to a space. And the best part? Uplights come in all sorts of colors, so you can fill your venue with wedding lighting that matches your color palette! Positioned strategically, uplights can truly turn a room from drab to fab.

Candlelight

Who doesn’t love a cozy ambiance at a wedding? While candlelight is not intended to fill a space with light, it can certainly set the tone with its warm, calm flicker! In the photo above, uplights pair beautifully with floating candles on the table and our candle chandelier. Just be sure to check on fire regulations with your venue coordinator!

fresnel lantern gobo wash | bay area wedding lighting

Fresnel Lanterns / Gobo Washes

Fresnel lanterns are often known as “theatre lights” as they are commonly rigged up in theatres. However, they’re also equipped for washes, making them the perfect addition to your wedding lighting design! Color washes and patterned gobo washes add texture and visual appeal to a space, allowing you to personalize your wedding venue to match your vision.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lights hang from the ceiling as single lights, just as our lanterns and Edison bulbs pictured above! These lights are versatile and simple, adding to any wedding design. So get creative and hang them throughout your space for extra impact!

So there you have it — six types of decorative wedding lighting to make your big day as picture-perfect as your love story! If you’re feeling inspired, get in touch and let us know what you’re thinking. We can’t wait to hear all about your wedding vision!