Celestial Wedding Mood Lighting- Love Under the Stars!
10 ways to use paper star lanterns at your wedding venue
Whether you’re planning a formal wedding reception, a rustic wedding, or an informal garden elopement, the right wedding lighting creates atmosphere and takes your big day into night. Carefully chosen lighting will also define and theme spaces and work in harmony with your carefully chosen wedding décor. Many people choose to make a feature out of their lighting by using statement pieces such as chandeliers, hanging lanterns, garlands of festoon lights, or canopies of fairy lights to be a talking point for wedding guests.
Paper star lights are the perfect lighting for a wedding – and there are many ways to illuminate them! Use as lampshades over existing lightbulbs in an indoor venue. Or as wedding lanterns over fairy lights, festoon cabling, multiple pendant lights and bulbs on a rope. Re-usable and sustainable, they can even be given away as wedding favours to guests as a memento of your special day!
We’re here to help you add a celestial direction to your wedding planning – so without further ado, here are our 10 ways to use paper starlights as wedding decorations:
1. Awesome Arches to Make an Entrance
If you're looking for wedding arch ideas, why not greet guests beautifully with a constellation of stars ! Hang in a cluster above an entrance arch for immediate impact, and let your guests enter beneath a canopy of star light. Mix and match styles and sizes pf paper stars and display at different heights for a multi-dimensional effect. Their mesmerising visual display is sure to provide a spectacular welcome to your wedding reception and keep the celebrations sparkling long after everyone has arrived!
2. Fabulous Festoons for your Festival Wedding
Bring a cool festival feel to your favourite celebration. Whether boho wedding or barn wedding, festoon lights and star lights are a match made in heaven! Festoon cabling is great for decorating and defining spaces, lighting paths and borders, and effortlessly creates an air of boho decadence. Our flat-packed star lanterns are designed to work perfectly with long drop style festoon, and a space can be transformed in minutes by simply tying over each bulb. We’ve put together exclusive packs of white lanterns for weddings to suit any location and every season - use over every bulb, or perhaps just a few, to highlight a particular space such as a bar, or seating area.
3. Enchanting Chandeliers
You can use lanterns for a wedding centrepiece. Do this by creating a multi-dimensional show of stars right over your dining table! Illuminating the food can often be a problem – guests need to be able to see without spoiling the atmosphere! Our starlight lanterns will illuminate softly and provide visibility and clarity without glare. For dining decadence combine styles and sizes and hang at different heights. Stars can be illuminated using multi pendant lights and suspended from beams. Many venues and hire companies also supply lighting rigs, lighting canopies and adjustable suspended lighting points which can be transformed into a starlit chandelier!
Photograph by Rwoodmedia. Styled Celestial shoot, organised by Bobbi Wren Events at Priory Meadows. Tipi by Sami Tipi.
4. Highlight a Bar Area
Take your wedding lights to new heights and hang Paperstarlights in a cluster or constellation over your bar area. Your wedding bar will be a busy and sociable space where people will gather - time and again. A display of stars will define your bar area beautifully as well as creating a happy sociable space that keeps guests talking. Starlights also work well with the operational lighting you might expect to see behind a bar and will illuminate without spoiling the atmosphere. Create an unforgettable display by hanging star lanterns at different heights and mixing the sizes!
5. Create a Celestial Photobooth
Play a starring role against a starry backdrop in your very own fairy story. Use paper starlights to create the perfect wedding backdrop for your wedding photos by framing an arch, or hanging low over multiple pendant lights. Use as props and scenes over bulbs on a rope or fairy lights at key points throughout your venue for a photo opportunity around every corner.
6. Boho Wedding Decor
Relaxed, boho vibes are a huge trend for wedding decoration this year. Adding touches of pampas grass, feathers and flower garlands around your venue, and draping macrame over chairs are just some of the ways you can easily create boho wedding style. And don’t forget your boho wedding lighting! Our handmade wedding paper lanterns are magical must-haves if you’re planning a boho wedding celebration – and will complement the organic textures and natural tones of your boho décor beautifully.
Photo by Sarita White. Organised by Bobbi Wren Events at Priory Meadows. Tipi by Sami Tipi. Flowers by J Austin Designs. Makeup by Ellen Fowler Artistry. Hair by Kellie Straw Hair and Beauty. Dress by Belle Lueur Gowns. Neon Sign by Smithy’s Events. Stationary by Bluebell Press. Model - Emily Joy Baker
7. Boho Chillout space
To continue with the boho wedding theme, create a luxury chill-out area at the wedding reception decorated with comfy sofas, low tables, cosy throws, warm rugs and an internal fire pit. Basically, it’s your place to cut loose - and you’re going to want oodles of atmosphere to lounge in style! Paper star lights are gorgeous celestial statement pieces that will cast their cosy glow over your chillout space and create the ultimate in chillout vibes. Finish off with a delicate whisp of incense.
8. Beautiful Beams for your Barn wedding
A traditional barn is the perfect venue for a wedding celebration. Whether it’s a DIY wedding, quirky wedding - or something more formal – a barn gives you a nice wide open space, as well as original features such as wooden beams to decorate. Paper Starlights lanterns are the perfect way to enhance traditional features such as wooden beams or alcoves, and our handpicked selections of wedding white lanterns look fantastic within a traditional timber setting. Use Festoon lights to swag and chase the entire length of the barn – and tie a star over each lightbulb to decorate your beams with a dreamy display of stars.
9. Naturally Foraged Rustic Chic
If you love a natural look and organic textures, then maybe a rustic wedding theme is for you! Think flower wall backdrops with pastel florals and green vines making their way up walls and around pillars. Think floral arches and fronds of ferns decorating tables. Some people make a virtue out of forward planning and forage and dry their own flowers throughout the year. Some even make them into jewellery afterwards. With their natural colours and textures, Paperstarlights make fantastic lanterns for a wedding and are the perfect partner for a natural palette. And because they’re sustainable and ethically traded decoration for a wedding, they’re a match made in heaven for the environmentally conscious couple!
10. A Touch of Elegance for the More Formal Affair
And finally – for those who prefer the glamour and glitz of a formal wedding reception in a traditional hotel setting, Paper Starlights will create an elegant atmosphere as you dance beneath the stars. From a single point of light to a canopy of stars, Paper stars create elegant wedding lighting displays and are great for decorating the larger space - fill open ceilings, frame your aisle and combine with cascades of warm white fairy lights. Paper starlights will shine love and light over your special day – and with a wide choice of handpicked party selections to choose from, they can fit in with any dream you dare to imagine.
Our curated collections of handmade paper star lanterns are fairly traded and crafted from natural materials. Our elegant star lights are the perfect decoration for the wedding and good news if you’re looking for sustainable wedding décor. We invite you to browse our collections of wedding lights and multiple party packs today!
With Love and Light from the Paperstarlights Team