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Roundup: Outdoor Wedding Lighting Inspiration

There’s nothing quite like a stunning outdoor wedding on a beautiful day! However, with an outdoor space comes extra considerations – namely, how you’ll keep the space lit so guests can see once the sun starts to set! Luckily, most lighting fixtures double as décor pieces and can add a lovely touch to any event space.

Let’s take a peek at some of our favorite outdoor lighting inspiration:

Credit: Dana Todd Photography

Candles are so versatile that they make for great additions to both indoor and outdoor events. Their soft glow is perfect for ensuring guests can see outside, while also providing a romantic and intimate ambience throughout the space.

Credit: Jasmine Lee Photography

Day or night, string lights are always a game-changer. We love how this couple used them to string across the ceremony area – this is the perfect setup for those who want their space to transform between the ceremony and reception!

Credit: Meg Sexton Photography

String lights aren’t just for covering a space; they’re also perfect for winding around trees! In addition to bringing elegant lighting to the walkway, it’s sure to point guests in the right direction. Paired with bistro lighting above, this look encapsulates Italian luxury at its finest!

Credit: Bellalu Photography

When in doubt, a simple white uplight is perfect for grabbing a sweet silhouette shot at the end of the night! Place it against a solid or brick wall for maximum effect – anything bolder may distract from the shot.

While outdoor weddings may take a bit of extra effort to map out a lighting plan, that’s all part of the fun. Get creative and put your clients in the limelight – literally!


Kevin Dennis is the owner of Fantasy Sound Event Services, a full-service event company based in Livermore, California. Dennis is the current chapter president for Silicon Valley NACE, and the immediate past national president for WIPA.

Kevin Dennis

Kevin Dennis is the editor of WeddingIQ and the owner of Fantasy Sound Event Services, a full-service event company based in Livermore, California. Dennis is the past president for Silicon Valley NACE, and national vice president for WIPA.