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How to Light Up Your Wedding

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Whether they’re twinkly, glowing or bright, the right lights can make a big impact in your wedding venue.

Here are 5 lighting ideas to incorporate into your wedding design to make it truly shine:

1. Pinspot Lights

Pinspot lighting refers to a small light suspended from a high point on the ceiling, illuminating flowers, centerpieces, cake tables or other important details from above.

“If you can only do one thing, pin spots are very effective," says Katie Kozlowski of Bliss Weddings and Events in Chicago. “This enhances the look of the flower and showcases what you've spent so much time and money working on. It can also help to extend the life of your flowers through the entire evening, even after the room gets dark.”

2. Café Lights

If you’re looking for a more intimate vibe for your soiree go with some form of café or string lights. This style of lighting has been a huge wedding trend in recent years and not going anywhere anytime soon according to Brooklyn, New York-based event designer Michelle Edgemont.

3. Pillar Candles in Hurricane Glasses

Candles are another classic and inexpensive way to give your wedding a romantic glow.

“Everyone wants something sparkly: twinkle lights, tons of candles, anything to create a romantic atmosphere," says Edgemont.

Try filling a bunch of hurricane glasses with black pillar candles or floating tea candles in centerpieces to create a cozy atmosphere.

4. Colored Uplighting

Colored uplighting is the perfect choice is you want to add some drama to your décor by essentially swathing a space in the color of your choice.

"Room uplighting is incredibly effective," says Kozlowski. "Your event designer can help you select the hue that's appropriate for your wedding. I love a soft blush pink or a warm ivory to give the room a gentle glow."

5. Magnetic LED Lights

A newer wedding lighting trend, magnetic LED lights are extremely versatile and easy to use.

"I love to use these on dark stairs or areas that need extra light, and their cordless, moveable ease makes them dreamy for weddings," says Kozlowski.

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