What could be more romantic than saying “I do” under a beautiful starlit sky?
If a nighttime wedding is your idea of perfection, then there are a few things you’ll need to think about, and a whole heap of special touches that’ll make your wedding like no other!
If you’re on a budget for your wedding ceremony though, it doesn’t mean you can’t have the wedding of your dreams. Here are 10 beautiful night wedding ideas that won’t break the bank.
Of course, one of the cheapest and most popular night weddings ideas is the use of candles. Candles come in all shapes, colors, sizes and scents, and can suit any budget under the sun.
Choose candles according to your color scheme to tie everything together, or simply opt for white, which whispers elegant chic at any occasion.
Buy candles in bulk and you’ll be sure to get a great deal. Tea lights and pillar candles look great anywhere, and if you’re worried about causing a fire hazard, flameless candles can still give you the desired feel while keeping you safe.
2. Fairy Lights
Fairy lights are incredibly versatile and never fail to make things magical. Plus, they give you the very real bonus of brightening up the darkness outside.
Wrap them around trees, place them in jars, hang them from branches or drape them across the ceiling of your venue. The resulting sparkling effect will make you feel like you’re in a dream.
3. Sparkler Art Shots
Sparklers are a signature of night weddings, and for good reason. They provide a touch of whimsy, make for awesome photos and – let’s face it – they’re just plain fun!
Tell your photographer ahead of the time that you’ll be using sparklers at your wedding, so it’ll give them time to work them into your photos.
Of course, as with all fireworks, you’ll need to take safety precautions when using sparklers. Read more now so you can handle them with care.
What better shouts ‘let’s celebrate!’ at night than fireworks? Fireworks come in all different colors and effects, so you can personalize your display to suit you both as a couple.
Of course, you’ll want to give your guests a heads up so they can all be present to watch the glorious show.
Again, make sure you take safety precautions when using fireworks. Only use them outdoors and appropriate clearance, and handle them with care.
5. Paper Lanterns in the Sky
Paper sky lanterns originated in China, and are absolutely stunning when released into the inky night’s sky. Night weddings make the perfect backdrop for releasing paper lanterns into the air.
Have your guests release a lantern each for maximum effect. And if you’re on a budget, you can have a set number of lanterns, limiting them to one per couple, family, etc, so you can still have the effect without breaking the budget.
6. Midnight Snack Wedding Favors
A midnight snack box or pouch is the perfect nod to a nighttime wedding, and will add to the theme of your occasion.
Wedding favors are essential to anyone’s big day, and you can tailor them to any budget at all. Make them yourself and you’ll end up with beautiful personalized gifts, while staying in full control of the cost.
7. Fire Pit
For some warmth and charm on a cool evening, night time weddings lend themselves to including a fire pit in the celebrations.
Not only will a fire pit provide a focal point for your guests to gather around, but you’ll also be able to provide a cost-effective and fun activity: Making campfire snacks!
Fill a tiered cake stand with graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate, add skewers and pretty napkins, and you’ll be the envy of all your bride-to-be friends.
8. Bridesmaid Lantern Bouquets
Every bridesmaid needs a bouquet, but at a nighttime wedding, take advantage of the atmosphere and use glass lanterns instead. You can use glass jars or more formal lanterns, and you can change up the color depending on your color scheme.
Have your bridesmaids walk down the aisle carrying a twinkling candle each, and they’ll set the mood for your enchanted evening.
9. A Barrow of Blankets
Outdoor night weddings can sometimes get a little chilly, so you’ll need to think about how to keep your guests warm as the temperature drops. One cheap and easy way to do this is by providing blankets to have your guests snuggle under so they can keep cozy while still having fun.
Depending on your wedding decor, you can use a number of different storage ideas for your blankets. A big rustic basket would look wonderful at any wedding, though we love the idea of blankets spilling out of a wheelbarrow, which adds a charming touch to the festivities.
10. Hot Cocoa Bar
Night time can only be made more splendid with a hot mug of cocoa, so a hot cocoa bar is going to be a hit with any one of your guests, we promise. After all, who doesn’t love chocolate?
There are all sorts of ways to set up your cocoa bar. We recommend that you have a barista or two (get your friends perfecting the perfect hot chocolate to save you some dough on the day!) who can make the chocolate fresh for each guest.
You can also have marshmallows, whipped cream, dipping sticks and even some liqueur on the side, so your guests can customize their drinks for the end to a perfect night.
The Best Night Wedding Ideas for Your Special Evening
Night time weddings have become hugely popular because of their romantic quality and fairyland feel. If you’ve chosen to hold your wedding after the sun goes down, you’re in for a treat.
There are heaps of inexpensive night wedding ideas that will make your special day one that all your guests will remember. Glowing candles, twinkling fairy lights and cuddling up under blankets when the air turns cool will make your wedding an unforgettable occasion.
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