Lighting Trends for Summer 2016

Any professional event planner will tell you that by far the biggest bang for your event buck is in lighting.  This post is for brides seeking inspiration, hard core DIYers, and professional event designers who want core pieces that they can reuse in a variety of high impact lighting scenarios.  So pretty much, if you’ve got weddings on the brain, we’ve got you.

Folding wrought iron balls are one of the hottest trends in weddings now.  We love this chandelier comprised of a metal orb and a pallet of florals topped with a cylinder of candles.  (You might want to go with flameless candles here, both for heat and safety.)  With showstopping chandeliers like these, you can go with more modest floral centerpieces on many of the tables, and a few tall arrangements like the one shown in the background.

Our affair with reusable event pieces rages on with this line of bling-intensive candle holders.  Pair elevated and low candle holders for maximum high-low style and reflection of candlelight.

When the master himself, Colin Cowie, christens something a hot trend in lighting, you know it’s true.  Purple chandeliers make this tented outdoor reception simply fabulous.  (And the generous purple rose florals don’t hurt, either.)

Insider Tip:  Our ShopByColor feature will show you everything we sell in any color you choose.  It’s super efficient when you have a color scheme and need some product ideas.  Don’t forget to check out the metallics as modern neutrals, too.

purple chandelier at outdoor wedding reception

Source: Colin Cowie Weddings and Colin Miller Photography

The Edison lighting trend has been hot in interior décor for several years, and it has effectively transitioned to weddings as well.  We heart this antique filament look and its soft, amber glow.  Let Edison lighting bring the romance, and the super flattering light, to your outdoor reception.

For nighttime weddings, string lights bring just the right mix of soft sparkle and delicate glow.  If your reception space includes gorgeous trees like these, make the most of the tangled garden vibe by illuminating what nature put there.  Add lanterns and votives on the tables, and put the money saved on your floral bill toward an extra sexy honeymoon.

string lights in trees at outdoor wedding.


You may have noticed that we’ve highlighted lighting trends that work in outdoor weddings, but these 2016 lighting trends are equally applicable to indoor receptions.  So, whether you are planning a luxurious outdoor wedding in a pastoral setting, or a climate controlled celebration, these lighting ideas are budget friendly, current, and high impact.

If you are new to lighting, looking to choose some high impact pieces to add to your existing supply of event products, or a bride who is ready to plunge in to DIY event lighting, we can help. The friendliest customer service folks in the event industry are waiting to help you clarify your vision, select the best products for you event’s scale and budget, and to get everything shipped where and when you need it.  Call 1-928-855-6075 or email us at for personal service from real, live, happy humans in our Arizona warehouse.


Written By: Beth

Posted: 2016-04-07
Last modified: 2016-04-07

Beth is a mother of two with a flair for the dramatic rivaled only by that of her children. She loves the art in every day and appreciates the way that great design makes the world a more beautiful *and* a more functional place.

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