12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & The Burton Bulb!

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Burton Vargas-Chambers, founder of Burton Lighting

Today is special. It’s my birthday, and I’m whisking you away for a tour of romantic wedding lighting ideas for you to Pin and save (don’t you love gorgeous mood lighting!?!) for wedding inspiration or beautiful lighting inspiration for an outdoor celebration.

While you are destined to discover blissful inspiration for romantic lighting, my hope is you will also glean helpful ideas for mood lighting at home. I am partnering with Burton Lighting (led by Burton Vargas-Chambers (left), an innovative creator of a new neo-vintage LED decorative light bulb called The Burton Bulb™) to enlighten and enrich the discussion of romantic mood lighting. Today marks the launch of Burton Lighting’s kickstarter where you can partner with the company and learn more about the debut of their innovative bulb and its potential to enhance experiences at special events as well as in homes, restaurants, and businesses.

This Birthday Girl could muse about mood lighting ALL DAY LONG as a dreamy fairy-light-lovin’ someone who is extra sensitive to natural and artificial light and a believer that we can truly elevate the everyday with lovelier, more mindful illumination.

Let’s start with the why and how of mood lighting. Why are experiences so profoundly affected by mindful, beautiful lighting? The complex answer is related to neuroscience and our physiological response to light at the cellular level. The simple answer may be that we are wonderfully wired to respond emotionally to light! We know, for example, how bright light intensifies our initial emotional reactions to stimuli and how proper mood lighting promotes relaxation and restfulness.

So how do we create a favorable backdrop for beautiful memories and experiences with mood lighting?

Consider These 12 Mood Lighting Ideas and Lessons.

1.

Mood Matters.

Elegant and Romantic Bali Wedding | Jemma Keech Photography. Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas #weddinginspiration

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When mood lighting is orchestrated thoughtfully, mood, heart rate, productivity, circadian rhythm, energy level, cognition, and wakefulness are engaged. It’s no wonder we invest so much time and thought into beautiful romantic lighting for weddings: we want to light the day in the most flattering, memorable way since the memories for the couple and their guests will last a lifetime.

2.

Aim for High Quality Mood Lighting.

Bulbs hung from trees in chapel. Amazingly romantic wedding inspiration. Giulia Miller. Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas #weddinginspiration

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via Style Me Pretty

For mood lighting to be flattering, it should be soft to minimize harsh shadows and should provide pleasing highlights (think of the reflective beauty of a sparkling crystal chandelier). For mood lighting to be pleasant, it should be easy on the eyes, and unfortunately, not all LED lighting is created equal.

Burton Lighting - neo-vintage LED decorative light bulb. #edisonbulb #burtonlighting #vintagelight

Burton Lighting – neo-vintage LED decorative lighting

Burton Lighting’s founder worked as a lighting professional in TV and film for decades and noticed too many neo-vintage decorative LED light bulbs on the market were of inferior quality with hard bluish-green flickering lights. That flickering is not merely an aesthetic issue; it creates a stroboscopic effect negatively influencing brain function. (As a migraine sufferer, I am well aware of the harsh consequences of flickering light since it can trigger headaches, eye strain, and discomfort.) Burton created a high quality bulb with the look and feel of old vintage Edison incandescent light bulbs, yet with all the energy saving benefits of LED lights.

“The Burton Bulb is all about providing an experience. The Flickerless LED Technology causes the brain to relax, allowing everyone to more appropriately enjoy their environment. The warm vintage glow of The Burton Bulb is designed to usher in a romantic and inviting ambiance, perfect for any wedding or special event.” ~Burton Vargas-Chambers

3.

Floating Candles. 

Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas #weddinginspiration. Impossibly romantic wedding ceremony set-up with twinkle lights and floating candles | J. Messer Photography

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via Huffpost

What could be more simple than delineating an aisle or creating a path with a winning combination of fire and water? Short and tall simple glass hurricanes can beautifully light the way and lighten the mood.

4.

Daylight Lighting.

Garden wedding aisle decorations. Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas #weddinginspiration

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via Pinklover

When your special occasion gets glowing before sundown, there are beautiful ways to complement floral displays, arbors, archways, and more with subtle twinkly light. This advice holds for a simple pick-me-up at home as well: light a candle during the day and notice how the warmth and glow bring a calm enhancement to the moment.

5.

Suspended Bubbles.

Stunning Napa Wedding Illuminates The Garden - MODwedding. Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas #weddinginspiration

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via MODwedding

A candlelit table sets a beautiful mood, yet think of the possibilities when you kick it up a notch and draw your guests’ attention skyward for a magical display of glowing votives within suspended glass spheres.

6.

Billowy Waves of Light.

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12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via HappyWedd

Strings of white lights are a safe bet for setting a beautiful mood with light, and for a creative twist that heightens the sophistication factor, combine them with a soft tent-like canopy or swaths of linen or silk, perfect for lovers of coastal style, sailing, or even fashion. If you are lucky enough to have a luxe tent (like the one below) for your occasion, ooh la la!!

Elegant Parisian style wedding tent with chandelier. Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas #weddinginspiration

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via Sim White

7.

Beautiful Bulbs.

Greenery and edison light bulbs make for a romantic al fresco dinner party! photo by brightwood photography.

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via Snippet & Ink

Horizontal strands of fairy lights always seem to succeed in adding a sweet romantic layer to wedding receptions and special occasions, yet an equally handsome alternative is to think vertical! Beautiful vintage-style decorative lighting heightens the magic of a night under the stars with friends and family.

Burton Lighting's vintage style LED decorative lighting #edisonbulb #burtonbulb

Burton Lighting – The Burton Bulb

For a truly special neo-vintage style LED Edison bulb, Burton Lighting offers something lovely and clearly different than the competition. The Burton Bulb™ is eco friendly, uses 75% less power, boasts Flickerless LED technology and a long life span, and has true color dimming capabilities (and we design freaks know the power of dim-able lighting!). Even better, these bulbs are not expensive!

“Beautiful, romantic lighting doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We’ve come a long way in 100 years.”

~Burton Vargas-Chambers

8.

A Natural Glow.

Outdoor wedding in parklike setting with lights in trees. Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas #weddinginspiration

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via Elizabeth Anne Designs

What could be more simply elegant and inspiring than living structures decorated with strings of light to set a peaceful mood outdoors under the stars? For a less formal but equally charming idea, string beautiful LED Edison style bulbs like these:

Burton Lighting 's LED Edison bulbs strung in magnificent tree in park #edisonbulb #burtonbulb

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: Burton Lighting

9.

Tabletop Bulbs of Glory.

Festive mass of vintage style exposed bulbs over bridal table. Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas #weddinginspiration

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via Bridal Musings

It’s not everyday you see a festive and lovely outdoor tablescape illuminated not with candles or fancy chandeliers dripping with bling, but cleverly with simple exposed bulbs. This idea could be expanded with the use of LED Edison bulbs like these:

Burton Lighting's neo-vintage LED Edison bulb

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: Burton Lighting

10.

Lanterns + Lovely Limbs.

Beautiful trees wrapped in fairy white lights and lanterns on tables.Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas #weddinginspiration

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via Bodasnovias

Are you a fan of tree limbs wrapped snug in luscious bubbly lovely lights? Color me charmed! For glowing lanterns that truly speak romance, do consider ones made of polished nickel or other reflective metal to optimally bounce the light around.

11.

Industrial Rustic Chic.

Photo Credit: Kat Hill | Cosy Romantic Urban Winter Warehouse Wedding by London Bride at MC Motors

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via Kat Hill

Make an unexpected and dramatic statement with Hollywood glammy overscaled letters or stars paired with traditionally elegant and romantic decor in a rustic, edgy environment. And don’t be afraid to bring the celebration to your backyard at home even if it happens to be humble and not park-like…just look at how romantic mood lighting makes all the difference…

Backyard wedding with lights. Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas #weddinginspiration

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via Greatest Garden Info

A beautiful woodsy WOW moment:

Burton Lighting - the Burton Bulb #edisonbulb #weddinglighting #fairylights

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: Burton Lighting

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12.

White, Bright, and Just Right.

Photo: Michael & Anna Costa Photography; wedding centerpiece idea; Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas #weddinginspiration

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via MODwedding

There’s just something classic and timeless about creating a fairytale mood with an ocean of white flowers, linens, candles, and starry white light. Contrasting dark dining chairs heighten the dining-on-a-cloud romantic mood. Here are a few additional examples of the light with dark lovely:

Grapevine balls entwined with string lighting twinkle like stars in the sky. Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas #weddinginspiration

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via Brides magazine

Candlelit wedding with dramatic tall centerpieces. Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas #weddinginspiration

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas: via Wedding Design Studio

Outdoor wedding lit with starry lights. Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas #weddinginspiration

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas & Lessons in Mood Lighting: via iWillMarryU

I hope the inspiration and mood lighting ideas and tips were helpful! I am delighted to have discovered Burton Lighting, who inspired these reflections and are sure to revolutionize neo-vintage LED decorative lighting.

The ceiling drapery lined with twinkling lights makes this space incredibly romantic!

12 Romantic Wedding Lighting Ideas: via Happiest Are the Prettiest

Are you a fan of beautiful mood lighting?

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

This post is sponsored by Burton Lighting, and all opinions expressed here are my own.

First photo at top, via Hey Wedding Lady

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. Rhonda
    January 23, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    Happy Birthday, Michele, and hope your special day is full of rich blessings!

    I’ll be checking out the Burton Bulbs…how wonderful! I love ambient lighting.

    • January 23, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      Thank you kindly, Rhonda. Me too! 🙂

  2. Sally
    January 23, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    Happy Birthday Dahling!!

    • January 24, 2018 / 10:30 am

      Merci beaucoup, buttercup! 🙂

  3. jo
    January 23, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    Thanks for this awesome post! Lighting at a wedding (or any event) is so important!! I’m in love with the Burton Bulb-

    • January 24, 2018 / 10:30 am

      It’s something special and so thoughtfully created to enhance experiences! Thanks for reading, Jo. 🙂

  4. Kathy
    January 24, 2018 / 4:47 am

    Happy Birthday, Michele! Enjoy your day!

    • January 24, 2018 / 10:29 am

      Thanks, Kathy. Light and peace to you. 🙂

  5. January 24, 2018 / 5:55 am

    Happy Birthday Michele!! This post was right up my alley for a couple of reasons…FIRST, as a photographer who shoots indoors with created light, I am always looking for a unique source and SECOND, I seriously have been thinking of using a vintage bulb as the subject of a shoot and this is perfect!! Great post and I am checking them out right now! I hope you have a beautiful day xoxo

    • January 24, 2018 / 10:29 am

      Yes! It’s got your name all over it, Joan. Can’t wait to hear about your experience with the Burton Bulb. Peace to you. 🙂

  6. Susan in MT
    January 24, 2018 / 6:57 am

    One birthday, one you, one special day. It’s yours. Happy Birthday Michele!

    • January 24, 2018 / 10:28 am

      Beautiful wishes–sending you peace. 🙂

  7. January 24, 2018 / 7:31 am

    Happy light-filled birthday!!

    • January 24, 2018 / 10:27 am

      Ha! A wonderful wish! Sending you light 🙂

  8. Linda Hill
    January 24, 2018 / 8:00 am

    Happy Birthday! I wish you a great year ahead 💕

    • January 24, 2018 / 10:27 am

      Thank you kindly! 🙂

  9. Christine
    January 24, 2018 / 8:53 am

    Happiest of Birthdays 🌹🌹🌹

    • January 24, 2018 / 10:26 am

      Thanks, Christine. Have a great week. 🙂

  10. Lisa
    January 26, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    Belated happy birthday! I love this post. Timely, too, as my daughter is getting married in April, outdoors, with a reception under a big tent! 🙂 Interesting bulbs — I will check them out!

    • January 26, 2018 / 3:17 pm

      Thank you kindly, Lisa! How exciting to be planning a celebration and the tent! Happy you visited today. 🙂

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