Hosting your outdoor wedding at night offers several major advantages over hosting one during the day, especially during the hot, summer months. A nighttime outdoor wedding eliminates the risk of sunburns and heat exhaustion for your guests, and provides a more comfortable temperature for the reception party. Here are some ideas to consider using in your outdoor nighttime wedding.
A wedding tent is an ideal place to host your outdoor wedding reception at night, as it will make the party seem more enclosed and private, while still providing views of the great outdoors. A tent with mesh netting along the sides will also keep out mosquitoes and other pests that can irritate you and your guests, and keep the environment as comfortable as possible.
Twinkle lights will add romantic ambiance to your ceremony and reception, as these delicate lights can be used to decorate trees, bushes, wedding tents and gazebos. Twinkle lights are perfect for outdoor decorating at night, simply because they are one of the few decorations that will be clearly visible in the dark. Pure white twinkle lights will have a romantic, wedding-appropriate look, whereas colored lights may look too much like Christmas lights.
Paper lanterns are a versatile decoration you can use during your nighttime outdoor wedding, as they can be used as table centerpieces or hung up to add brightness and light to the ceremony and reception areas. Paper lanterns will also make your wedding safer for guests, as it will make seeing and navigating their way in the dark easier. Colorful paper lanterns that match your wedding color scheme are both practical and decorative.
Garden lights along walkways and paths will prevent you and your guests from falling and getting hurt in the dark, and will also add ambiance and decoration. You can use garden lights to guide you down the aisle if your ceremony is taking place after the sun has set, and you can also use them to line the outside of your wedding tent if you are using one.
If your state laws permit the use of sparklers and you have the permission of the wedding venue to use them, sparklers can provide entertainment for your wedding guests and add a unique twist to the traditional receiving line after the ceremony. Give each guest a predetermined amount of sparklers and allow them to use them throughout the wedding reception.