Every avid selfie taker knows the importance of good lighting. This is even more important on your wedding day. Brightening up your wedding ceremony and reception can be as simple as adding a few candles, or as intricate as installing a hanging chandelier. String lights, hanging lanterns and marquee signs are just a few ways that you can use lights at your wedding. With these 20 different ways to brighten up your wedding day, your smile won’t be the only thing lighting up the room.

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1. Marquee Monogram: See your name in lights! Brighten up your venue by highlighting your initials or new shared last name. (via Paula O’Hara / Ruffled Blog)


2. Lighted Vows: Say your vows under a romantic archway of wooden hanging lanterns. These beauties are just as pretty as they are functional, and you can use them again later in your home. (via Amy & Jordan / Brides)

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3. Super String Lights: Take string lights to the next level by uplighting your backdrop. You and your new boo will be constantly illuminated throughout your reception. (via Heather Jowett / Snippet and Ink)


4. Paper Lanterns: Outdoor weddings are *so* much prettier with some string lights and paper lanterns. All you have to do is look up and feel the romance. (via Simple Color / Style Me Pretty)


5. Bright Tables: Cocktail hours are already great with all the mini-sized food and signature drinks. Make them stand out even more by having your tables glow through opaque table cloths. (via Chris Humphrey Photographer / Bridal Musings)


6. Contemporary Chandelier: These rose gold chandeliers give a posh spin to a modern garden wedding. They’ll instantly turn your venue into a super stylish reception space. (via Corbin Gurkin / Brides)


7. Hanging Lanterns: Add a little country charm to your reception by having hanging lanterns installed at your venue. The cozy feel will make your guests feel like they are right at home. Keep them around even after the big day to light up your home’s outdoor space. (via Eric Kelley / Inspired by This)


8. Romantic Lighting: Make the aisle your runway with hanging lights that illuminate your every move. The contrast of bright lights in a dark industrial space give off a chic vibe that modern brides will love. (via Green Wedding Shoes)


9. Hanging Bulbs: Glam up your dinner table with these modern hanging bulbs that give you light in all the right places. With a ceiling installation, you don’t have to worry about lamps or candles cluttering up your centerpieces. (via Nikole Ramsay / Style and the Bride)


10. Country Chic: Go *au naturel* with your lighting. Add some candle lanterns to a eucalyptus table runner for a garden themed table that is sure to stun. (via Pat Furey / Brides)


11. Vintage Lanterns: As the sun sets, decorate your ceremony with these vintage storm lanterns that create a romantic ambiance. You can line your walkways or decorate a foyer area for a glamorous setting. (via Piteira Photography / Le Magnifique)


12. Bright Nature: Getting married under a giant tree makes a for gorgeous statement. Amp up the romance by adding delicate lighting to highlight you and your boo. (via Shewanders Photography / Bridal Musings)


13. Elegant Garland: String lights aren’t just for overhead lighting. Weave them into your table runner for a hint of light that brightens up your dinner table in the most charming way. (Photo via Peaches & Mint Photography / Wedding Sparrow)


14. Sweetheart Table: A sweetheart table gives the couple a private oasis on their wedding day. Spotlight yourselves with some amazing lighting that will have all eyes on you. (via D’amor Photography / Confetti Day Dreams)


15. Light the Way: Lead your guests to your celebration in style. These bulbs will make it easy for your friends and family to find the party. (via Jodi & Kurt Photography / Style Me Pretty)


16. Classy Chandelier: Chandeliers never go out of style. If a chandelier is on your list of must-haves, save yourself some money by finding a venue that already has them installed. (via Emily Katharine Photography / Hey Wedding Lady)


17. Double Trouble: Candles and light bulbs totally go together. Brighten up a dark space by lighting from up above and down below. All this brightness is a wedding photographer’s dream, so your day will basically live on forever. (via Raquel Benito / 100 Layer Cake)

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18. Mix and Match: Create some diversity with your hanging bulbs by using different sizes and shapes for an eclectic feel. The lighting from above will make a pastel tablescape look even more ethereal. (via Nastja Kovacec / Ruffled Blog)


19. Outdoor Lighting: Just because you’re having an outdoor wedding doesn’t mean you can’t add a few extra bulbs to help out when the sun starts to set. Setting up outdoor lighting can be tricky, so make sure that you hire a professional and have extra extension cords on hand! (via Jemma Keech / Style Me Pretty)


20. Star Light: Create an ambiance that is beautiful and bright. Don’t forget to make full use of the floor, so your table is *lit.* (via Jamie Rae Photography / Green Villa Barn)

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