Subtle lighting can really enhance the atmosphere of an outdoor wedding and it’s functional too, allowing the party to carry on long after the sun goes down.
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire (PRWEB UK) 15 May 2014
Nowadays couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor wedding venues, from English country gardens to farmland meadows. But what do you do when the sun sets?
The Pavilion at Lane End, one of two wedding locations in Buckinghamshire licensed to hold open-air ceremonies, shares four ideas for lighting and decorating an outdoor wedding venue.
Garlands – Twinkling light garlands look exquisite in an outdoor setting.
Available in a variety of styles, including delicate paper lanterns, shabby chic roses and traditional white fairy lights, garlands are ideal for draping around garden structures and tree branches.
If your wedding ceremony or reception isn’t covered, hang strings of fairy lights loosely in rows from free-standing poles, buildings or trees to create a stunning starlit canopy.
Crystal Chandeliers – Vintage and contemporary chandeliers are perfect for adding a magical glow and makes for great wedding photography.
If you are marrying in a marquee, tent or garden gazebo suspend a chandelier from the ceiling for a beautiful centrepiece.
For an outdoor wedding reception, hang chandeliers from sturdy tree branches for a stunning ‘secret garden’ effect.
Remember cables will need to run from weatherproof electrical outlets, so check what facilities are available at your venue.
Lanterns – Large and small lanterns in paper or metal are an easy and practical way to illuminate an al-fresco wedding.
Particularly popular at the moment are large Chinese paper lanterns in white or pastel shades. Easy to hang because they are so light, paper lanterns cast a soft, pretty light across proceedings.
To light a wedding garden gazebo, why not adorn the aisle and steps with heavier Moroccan-style or garden lanterns?
If concerned about naked flames, consider using battery operated LED tea lights instead. You can always use candles in hanging lanterns that are out of reach.
Traditional Tea lights – Simple white tea lights are a timeless lighting effect.
Use them to light up the entrance to your ceremony, on tables and in lanterns hung from nearby trees.
To prevent the candles blowing out, invest in decorative tea light holders or for a rustic romantic look, try clear jam jars. You can even paint the jam jars in soft shades to match your colour scheme.
Carolyn Worrall, Wedding Co-ordinator at the Buckinghamshire country wedding venue, said:
“Tying the knot outdoors at sunset exudes romance. Subtle lighting can really enhance the atmosphere of an outdoor wedding and it’s functional too, allowing the party to carry on long after the sun goes down.
“Remember to speak to your venue wedding co-ordinator about lighting ideas too. They may have other imaginative suggestions for lighting up the venue and recommendations for good lighting hire companies.”
The Pavilion at Lane End hosts a handful of exclusive outdoor weddings each year.
Set in rural Buckinghamshire in 26-acres of country parkland, The Pavilion’s traditional wooden garden gazebo provides a serene, romantic backdrop for wedding ceremonies.
This picture perfect location also has a spacious stone terrace with seating for up to 130 guests.
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About The Pavilion: The Pavilion at Lane End Conference Centre has hosted weddings since 2003. Set in 26-acres of rolling Chilterns countryside in Buckinghamshire, The Pavilion is 30 miles from London and licensed to host indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies.
The Pavilion is one of five buildings at Lane End Conference Centre with access to 104 bedrooms, four lounge and bar areas, four dining rooms, a games room with a lounge and bar, plus a wide range of fitness and leisure facilities.