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5 Gorgeous Ways to Light Up Your Wedding

What sets the mood for a wedding most brilliantly? Event planners agree it’s a matter best discussed by candlelight, among paper lanterns, or under multiple incandescent bulbs.
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HIDDEN
Concealing the source is one of the great tricks of the trade. Planner Sofia Crokos (sofiacrokos.com) uses softly draped canopies to hide fixtures but let in light.


CANDLES
The soft flicker of a flame is the most flattering type of lighting, but don’t overdo it—and never use candles at a daytime affair. Event designer David Monn (davidmonn.com) plays the glow against incandescent lighting.


COLOR PLAY
Monn underlit the perimeter of the Four Seasons restaurant’s Pool Room to create a border and highlight the famous aluminum chain curtains. He emphasized the colors of the room by using blue gels over incandescent lights. “It’s an old-fashioned trick,” he says, “but it works.”


LANTERNS
Paper orbs are a party planner’s best friend. Crokos uses them in multiples; Monn varies the wattage of the bulbs to create shadow and depth.


OUTDOORS
Lighting under the stars is always a challenge. Monn says not to forget objects in the distance: Light up the dunes, the ocean. “A guest’s experience is defined by as far as he can see,” Monn says.


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