Lighting is the perfect way to add softness, romance and interest to your wedding styling. From fairy lights and candles to lanterns and festoon lights, there are so many options available to you. So, why not enhance the atmosphere on your wedding day by incorporating some of my top fairytale wedding lighting ideas…

Fairy Lights

Fairy Lights On Trees At Wedding

As they are small and versatile you can use fairy lights almost anywhere in your wedding styling and around your venue. Add some fairy lights to trees outside your venue to set the romance flowing before guests even enter. If you’re having a woodland theme, why not wrap fairy lights around small trees to feature inside your venue or as centrepieces on your reception tables?

Suspended Lights

Tea Lights in Glass Baubles Suspended from Ceiling of Wedding Venue

Suspend lights from the ceiling of your wedding venue to give a twinkling effect when the daylight fades. You could use any lighting to suit the style of your wedding, including tea lights in glass baubles hung from beams, fairy lights covering the entire ceiling, lanterns of varying sizes hung at different lengths across the centre of a room, or festoon lights perfect for festival weddings and contemporary looks.

Candles in Assorted Holders

Mixed Candle Holders

The mix and match look is really on trend at the moment. Hang an eclectic mix of candle holders from beams or use them as your table centrepiece to create a soft glow in your venue.

Ceremony Aisle Lighting

Wedding Ceremony Aisle Candles

Add candles, lights or funky LED lights to your ceremony aisle for a sense of drama when you walk in. Keep the rest of the lighting low to ensure all eyes are on you as you walk down the aisle.

Lighting On Crates

Wedding Ceremony Arch with Wooden Crates Styling

Add candles or lanterns to registration/welcome areas and team these with wooden crates built up in informal designs to put your wedding lighting on. This will keep guests wondering about what your wedding styling will be like inside your reception.

Mixed Height Candles

Mixed Height Candles On Wedding Tables

Use an array of individual candlesticks on dining tables at different heights and levels. Choose candles of different sizes as well as standing them on and in different objects such as pots and vases, log slices, candelabras and terrariums.



Hire unusual chandeliers to display in your marquee for a twist on the usual lighting. You could add flowers and foliage to complement your table d├ęcor, or even add fairytale wedding lighting to your own DIY flower chandelier.


Wedding Uplighting

Use uplighting around dark walls in your venue to add some softness. If you want to enhance particularly large areas with uplighting, add flowers in pedestals underneath or create a chill out area for your guests with some extra candlelight for a cosy glow.

Tip – Turn down your venue’s own lighting and let your fairytale wedding lighting take over.

Guest post by Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted

Images from…

Fairy Lights Wrapped Around Trees: Plain Jane Photography

Teal Lights in Glass Baubles* and Candles On Wedding Table*: Kevin Greenfield

Mixed Candle Holders: Martin Dabek Photography

Aisle Candles*: Get Knotted

Ceremony Arch with Wooden Crates*: Mark Tattersall Photography

Chandeliers: Lara Hotz Photography

Wall Lit by Uplighting: Tyron Craig Mackenzie Photography

*Styling by Get Knotted

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