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The Magic of Outdoor Wedding Lighting: Ideas for a Dreamy Atmosphere

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Choosing your outdoor wedding lighting can be tricky, especially when you are working at a destination wedding location. If you do not know exactly what the venue looks like beforehand, it can be hard to make decisions. 

Luckily, there are a lot of great ways that you can transform any outdoor wedding venue with simple lights and decorations, no matter your aesthetic. From pops of color off of glass chandeliers to simple fairy lights, you can light your wedding however you want. 

This article will offer some outdoor wedding ideas for your lighting and decorations to create an enchanting atmosphere for your special day. There are a lot of beautiful ways to light up your ceremony and your reception. Here are just a few ways to make sure your wedding lights up your love. 

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Outdoor Wedding Decorations

When deciding on your outdoor wedding lighting, you may want to consider the rest of the decorations you are bringing into your ceremony and reception. The rest of your decor and design choices will certainly make an impact on the type of lighting that you choose. 

Many elements can influence the decorations, and therefore the wedding lights that you choose for your special day. One of these elements is the color scheme of your destination wedding. Your location will likely have an impact on your theme and color choices. 

If your ceremony is overlooking the ocean, you might want to add hues of green or blue to your decor and lighting. If you are getting married in a garden, you might try to match the beauty of the flowers surrounding you. You want your wedding to be complimentary to your surroundings.  

Your chosen colors and location will help you find the right outdoor decor. If you are by the sea, you might want to make use of elegant fabric to emulate the waves. In a garden, you may opt for a floral wedding arch. These outdoor decorations will change your lighting. At a beachside wedding, your lighting may be found on the sides of the aisles, like large candles set in the sand. In a garden, you might prefer string and fairy lights to create a magical atmosphere. 

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Outdoor Wedding Lights

There are so many different choices for your outdoor wedding lighting! Here are just a couple of ways that you can light your ceremony and your reception to match your outdoor wedding decorations. 

One very popular lighting design choice for weddings is the use of fairy lights and string lights. These tiny beads of light are incredibly versatile and can create a cozy and elegant atmosphere with just the flip of a switch. If your wedding is going to be in the evening or even past sunset, these little lights can twinkle just like stars. You can drape them like a canopy or a tent to appear directly overhead and illuminate your venue. Combine them with some tied drapery and candles, and you can create a cozy, sparkling curtain. If you are looking for a small and rustic lighting for your tables, you can twist your fairy lights inside of a glass jar to add to a centerpiece. 

You can also experiment with different lanterns and chandeliers. Depending on your location and your aesthetic, you might opt for woven or rattan chandeliers to hang throughout the ceremony. If you like bold shapes and glass, you might prefer Moroccan lamps or classic steel lanterns that can be hung or placed on tables. 

When you consider your outdoor wedding ideas for design and lighting, there are endless possibilities. Plus, you can always combine one idea with another. Hanging lanterns intertwined with fairy lights is another pretty and elegant choice. 

Outdoor Wedding Packages

Your outdoor wedding lighting will be impacted primarily by the place where you have your wedding. There are many great and affordable destination wedding packages offered by Destify that come with a wedding planner or a wedding venue already set up! How you choose to decorate and light your venue is up to you, of course, but it can be helpful to know what your setup looks like beforehand so you know how to plan accordingly. 

If you are looking for a summery, beach wedding by the ocean, you may be considering a destination wedding in Mexico, for example. Some of the wedding packages to Mexico specifically offer either a gazebo or beachfront arbor as options for your wedding. No matter what you decide, you will be getting a beautiful outdoor wedding.  

If you are thinking about hanging lanterns or using candles as a part of your wedding lighting, you may want to opt for a gazebo setup. There is likely going to be more ability to hang larger lighting pieces in a gazebo than along an arbor. An arbor would be a great choice for a smaller lighting setup, like with string or fairy lights. You could create a showering wall of mini fairy lights to illuminate the married couple, or you could weave the strings of lights between the lattice for a beautiful shining backdrop.  

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Make Your Wedding Day Shine

No matter where in the world you choose to have your destination wedding, there are endless possibilities for your outdoor wedding lighting. Here at Destify, we want to illuminate your wedding day and make it feel straight out of your greatest fantasies. Many of our wedding packages include outdoor wedding venues as well as wedding planners and collaborators. You don’t have to do everything alone! 

Our incredible planners can help you determine your design and lighting choices, wherever you are in the world. Work with us at Destify and select your dream destination wedding location. We are here to help you every step of the way until you walk down a shining aisle to say, “I Do.” 

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