Every new wedding season brings with it new trends and ideas to make that special day even more so, allowing you to explore more options and make your ceremony and reception unique to you. Currently, barn weddings are the latest venue trend, known for blending both a rustic and casual setting while also creating an amazing experience for both the bride and groom, as well as all of the guests in attendance. However, the hardest part for most barn locations can be picking the best string lights for your wedding. Gone are the days for plain plastic disco lights or saying yes to whatever lighting system the DJ will provide. You’ve worked too hard to just settle for cheap lighting. That’s why we have compiled a list of this year’s hottest DIY lighting ideas to take your wedding lights from mundane to magical in no time.
First and foremost, before saying “I do” to your lighting, check with your wedding planner and location to ensure there are no ordinances or regulations that will prevent you from hanging lights for your wedding or reception. It’s always a good idea to consult with a wedding planner, who has experience with barn weddings specifically, before actually confirming the venue.
1. A Starry Setting
Nothing says romance more than a starlit night sky, however when planning a wedding indoors or in a barn, the roof can often get in the way of dancing the night away under those gleaming lights. Twinkle lights are the perfect solution to bring the outside in! Think of these shimmering lights as the Fairy Godmother of led string lights. Here to answer your every wish by bringing the illusion of a starry atmosphere close enough to touch to your wedding. The bride and groom will fall in love all over again as they cascade across the floor to their first dance under the soft gentle glow.
For added effect, you can hang twinkle icicle lights along the walls, frame of your venue or even around those gaudy obstructive posts. Or if you aren’t a fan of traditional white twinkle lights, you can add in a pop of color throughout your décor.
2. Fantasy Forest
If you happen to have a barn that also come with some landscaping, we understand that the landscape can seem overwhelming. All you see are trees and bushes and don’t know where to start. Well those trees and foliage can transform into an enchanting forest to help complete your perfect wedding vision. Tree wrap lights, also known as trunk wraps can turn odd branches into an elegant display. Trunk lights are quick and easy to use as well, making the process of learning how to wrap lights around a tree very simple.
Another addition for your glowing forest scenery are net lights for bushes. And just like a normal pumpkin turned into a carriage, with net lights, average shrubs transform into stunning mystical floras.
3. Rustic Charm
String lights can add just the perfect amount of drama, ambience and attention to wedding décor. The newest popular lighting trend for weddings happens to be marrying the raw, industrial look with a touch of feminine chic. Bistro lights (also known as Edison bulbs or S14 led bulbs) paired inside a barn venue, give a relaxing at-home feel with a little hint of charm, providing a classic and timeless look for wedding décor. These lights are very diverse in how they can play apart in your wedding lighting, used both indoor and outdoor, they can be hung over the reception area, above a dance floor, patio, or even an entrance area.
Though Edison lights are most commonly looked at as patio light strings, their ability to steal the show as centerpieces, such as on a wooden plank or inside lanterns, have been known to leave wedding guests speechless.
4. Simple Centerpieces
It’s all in the details, and it’s an age old saying “a little goes a long way”, and sometimes strategically hanging twinkle lights throughout your barn venue may seem like too much. String lights don’t need to be dominating your décor to still give your wedding that perfect magical look you have been dreaming of. Fairy lights are a very simple yet elegant way to incorporate lights into everything you are looking for, but without all the work. These battery operated lights take the stress work out of your planning. With the simple switch of a button, led fairy lights can be strung into floral arrangements on tables, placed into jars and hung above guests, wrapped around candles (though we would recommend battery operated for those as well) or entwined into the clothes hanging from your guests’ chairs. The uses for fairy lights incorporated into your wedding décor are endless!
Hopefully with these simple ideas you’ll be ready to plan your picture-perfect rustic wedding with just the right amount of amenities and magnificent lighting.
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