Diy lighting ideas for wedding reception

Okay, so what exactly IS a raw space?

Diy lighting ideas for wedding reception

When we tell «raw» we mean that the venue is essentially just a shell: Four walls, a roof, and a floor. Bare bones.

Diy lighting ideas for wedding reception

A entire empty slate.

If there’s one thing raw-space venues own in spades, it’s character. Although you’ll essentially be building your wedding from the ground up, the point of an industrial-chic wedding is to let the inherent features of your venue shine.

We own lots of Loft/Warehouse/Industrial wedding venues on , but here are a few that really embody the essence of industrial chic:

Luce Loft


The Green Building | Lev Kuperman


Industrial Chic: It’s as if Restoration Hardware and an ancient, empty warehouse had a wedding.

Aria | Robert Evans Studios

Industrial-chic weddings give new life to once neglected or abandoned spaces love previous factories, revamped warehouses, and converted lofts.

Diy lighting ideas for wedding reception

Seemingly unappealing details such as exposed brick, peeling paint, visible pipes, and cement floors glance strikingly beautiful when paired with modern wedding décor.

A throwback to the industrial revolution, this style mixes unrefined structures with sleek, contemporary design. The result is both gritty and glamorous, so it’s no wonder industrial-chic weddings are having their moment.

If this style speaks to you, scroll below for 5 tips on achieving an elegantly edgy look:

The Lytle House

} Explore your décor options.

With your venue providing so much visual interest, there’s no need for an overabundance of décor—but the things you do bring in should make a statement.

We recommend focusing on wealthy textures, mixed metals, architectural patterns, and sophisticated foliage to dress up your urban event space.

Here are some of our favorite industrial-chic wedding décor ideas:

• Acrylic & Lucite •

Adding crystal-clear acrylic or lucite elements lends a cool, contemporary vibe to an industrial space, while never blocking the view:

Gerber + Scarpelli | La Vaca Designhouse

Morgan Manufacturing | Kristin La Voie Photography | Liven It Up Events

Studio 52 | Madeleine Collins Photography

• Geometric Patterns •

The architectural nature of hexagons and other angular shapes makes them the perfect structural accompaniments to a stark setting:

Strongwater | Amy Peppercorn Photography

HNYPT | J Wiley Photography

Katie & Alec Photography

Laura Kelly | The Cake Whisperer

• Draping •

Clean white draping adds an air of elegance as well as an eye-catching contrast to the brick-and-mortar backdrop:

Strongwater | Amy Peppercorn Photography

Luce Loft

Morgan Manufacturing | Kristin La Voie Photography | Liven It Up Events

• Foliage •

We’re partial to using greenery for raw-space weddings; however, monochromatic florals add a neutral touch of color:

Studio 52 | Madeleine Collins Photography

Aria | Matt Lien Photography

UNION/PINE | Catalina Jean Photography

• Mixed Metals, Stoneware, & Wood •

Galvanized metal, gleaming gold or copper, stainless steel, reclaimed wood, and even stoneware fit perfectly within the industrial theme:

The Pearl

Morgan Manufacturing | Kristin La Voie Photography | Liven It Up Events

Ashton Kelley Photography | Simply Gorgeous Events | EAlexDesigns

Don’t Tell Charles

} Illuminate the space.

No industrial-chic wedding is finish without ambient lighting.

However, this wedding style doesn’t just use lighting as an accent—the fixtures that come with raw spaces are themselves often a sight to behold.

• Chandeliers •

Perhaps the most statement-making lighting fixture of them every, chandeliers may be the most surefire way to up the glam factor:

The Loft by Bridgeview | Studio 27

• Marquee Lights •

Salvaged-metal marquee letters are graphic enough to hold their own in an industrial space:

Strongwater | Amy Peppercorn Photography

• Edison Lights •

Edison-style light bulbs not only own an old-fashioned glance, they cast a warm-yellow glow:

Laura Anne Watson Photography

• Votives •

Votive candles glance especially industrial when set in mercury glass holders atop a reclaimed wood table:

Robert Evans Studios

} Ponder exterior the box for photo ops.

Juxtaposition isn’t just a enjoyment expression to tell.

Diy lighting ideas for wedding reception

It’s also our favorite part about the industrial-chic wedding style. Frolic up this concept by posing in your wedding best in front of the grittiest, grimiest, and most graffiti-d of backdrops.

Studio 27

Houston Station | Zoe Life Photography

Castaway Portland

Strongwater | Amy Peppercorn Photography

It’s simple to see why industrial chic is in!

→For even more inspiration, check out our Industrial-Chic Weddings board on Pinterest.

} Be mindful of your budget.

Since raw-space venues are the opposite of all-inclusive, they own the potential to break the bank.

After every, you’ll own to rent even the most basic wedding items on your own tab.

These «extras» can include everything from the tables, chairs, linens, and flatware to the sound system and lighting—things you’d never own to worry about at, tell, a ballroom wedding venue.

The excellent news is, industrial-chic weddings are no-frills by nature, so the flowers (assuming you even own them) and décor can be kept fairly minimal.

Aria | Robert Evans Studios


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