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.
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.
Aim for High Quality Mood Lighting.
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’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
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.
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.
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.
Billowy Waves of Light.
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!!
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.
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.”
A Natural Glow.
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:
Tabletop Bulbs of Glory.
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:
Lanterns + Lovely Limbs.
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.
Industrial Rustic Chic.
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…
A beautiful woodsy WOW moment:
White, Bright, and Just Right.
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:
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.
Are you a fan of beautiful mood lighting?
Peace to you right where you are.
This post is sponsored by Burton Lighting, and all opinions expressed here are my own.
First photo at top, via Hey Wedding Lady