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Lighting your way to a chic wedding venue

In Decoration on April 23, 2009 at 6:00 am

It’s the interior designer’s most famous secret – you can turn any interior into a haven of chic with some decent mood lighting. Turn even the most grim of village halls into welcoming place with some clever lighting. Here’s how:

1. Sack off overhead lighting. It makes everyone look ugly and no one wants to feel like they’re in a Topshop changing room.

2. Fairy lights work wonders. Make your own DIY flower fairy lights here.

Cherry blossom fairy lights could replace flowers at tables for evening weddings

Cherry blossom fairy lights could replace flowers at tables for evening weddings

3. Tea lights are cheap as chips and far less calorific. Hang them in jam jars outside for a higgedly piggedly country knees-up effect.

Cute AND wind-proof? Whatever next.

Cute AND wind-proof? Whatever next.

If wind is an issue, you could even go for LED fairy lights and make pretty covers for them, like this.

Make your own tea light covers (involves putting glued thread in the microwave)

Make your own tea light covers (involves putting glued thread in the microwave)

4. Church candles at every table create a feeling of opulence. Find them at online bulk discount stores like Candles on the web, Covent Garden Candles or for the Americans, Barn Loft Candles, though watch out you get decent ones not spluttery ones with wicks which burn too fast. Read the Independent article on church candles here.

Pillar candles at different heights. And a birdcage. It's lighting nirvana.

Pillar candles at different heights. And a birdcage. It's lighting nirvana.

5. Paper lanterns create soft, warm lighting, and are financially-friendly, easy to put up and even easier to take down afterwards.

Pack the ceiling with paper lanterns for a many mooned feel.

Pack the ceiling with paper lanterns for a many mooned feel.

6. Sparklers are a perfect end-of-the-night treat and create cutelicious photos.

One, two, three, aaaaaaaaaaaah.

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  1. Great ideas! I love the pillar candles in the bird cage. The fairy lights are pretty too!

  2. I love the fairy lights and the lights in the birdcage! I went to Vintage Glam to check out the fairy light tutorial. I like the lights pictured here better. Maybe just because they’re not hanging and their shown indoors. This would have worked well for our wedding.

  3. Apologies to the grammar police. I meant, “they’re.”

  4. just a quick note – tea lights have a very short life so remind caterers to not light them too early – otherwise you’ll be sitting in the dark 😦

  5. wedding venue beside the beach is i think the best and looks very romantic :*;

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