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Illuminating Your Wedding Day With Lights

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Using lights in the centers of your tables at your wedding reception can set the mood and theme for your big day, and there are many options to choose from to illuminate your tables. Lights can stand as centerpieces on their own, or accompany flowers, stones, jars, or whatever else you have chosen for your centerpieces look all the more elegant. Though not a necessity, lighting can enhance and change centerpieces for the better.

Simple LEDs can easily be brought into any centerpiece. Photo by Brock Roseberry via Flickr.
Simple LEDs can easily be brought into any centerpiece. Photo by Brock Roseberry via Flickr.

LED candles are quick and simple additions to include in or around your table centerpieces. These small, inexpensive, candles are very easy to use and battery operated with a switch. Since they are also lightweight, they can be put on a flat surface or in jars, and are versatile enough to fit with any theme or flowers. LED candles flicker like real candles, making them look natural. The batteries will last throughout the reception, making them one less thing you have to worry about on your big day, since fire is an unlikely issue and they will remain illuminated without supervision. White and basic, but also elegant, LED candles could be a great option if you’re looking for a simple lighting addition to spread across your reception tables.

 

Branch lights are perfect for any centerpiece. Photo by Maria Morri via Flickr.
Branch lights are perfect for any centerpiece. Photo by Maria Morri via Flickr.

Branch lights are gorgeous and rustic, and work perfect for tall centerpieces. Though they don’t fully illuminate a table like overhanging lights, they provide just enough light to enhance the flowers they light up, and they can allow you to use less flowers if that’s your preference, since the branches add more stems and structures to the centerpiece. They also are a great way to minimize crowding in the center of a table because, unlike real candles, they can be stood right inside a centerpiece, making one, cohesive unit. Branch lights could also work no matter the theme or season because they are natural and compliment any type of flower well. Looking at the reception room as a whole, branch lights make tables look full and gorgeous from afar, since their lights extend upward toward the ceiling.

 

Traditional, chic, and beauitful, real candles always work. Photo by Dustin Gaffke via Flickr.
Traditional, chic, and beauitful, real candles always work. Photo by Dustin Gaffke via Flickr.

Going with real candles is always a great route to go, especially when using jars or containers alongside centerpieces. Real candles can be placed in the base of jars, like pictured above, can be placed directly on a tabletop, or could be placed floating in a jar of water. They can also serve as centerpieces on their own, since real candles come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Real candles could also be more incorporated into an overall theme than branches or LEDs since they can be color coordinated to flowers and bridesmaid dresses. If you go with simple tea light candles, they are inexpensive and can be purchased in bulk, making them a very easy and classy tabletop addition. Similar to LEDs, these candles can be added anywhere, sporadically or carefully, over any reception table.

In addition to these lighting options, you can also gather holiday lights in the center of a table or surrounding a centerpiece, real, table-size candles, or glow-necklace rings. Lights also don’t necessarily have to be in the center of reception tables. Especially if you go with holiday string lights, you could intertwine them around plates or even table legs, making them truly apart of your tables. You can also add whichever lights or candles you choose to the guest book table, gift table, and cake table, to tie all parts of your reception room together. Adding lights to the center of your reception tables, no matter which route you go, can enhance the overall look and feel of your guest’s dining area.

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