Ceiling Wedding Decor: Roses hanging upside down at a rainbow-colored reception space with long glass tables and acrylic chairs.
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Ceiling Wedding Decor That Goes Above Beyond

33 Over-the-Top Installations for Your Big Day
BY BLAKE BAKKILA / 08 12 22
Photo by Rene Zadori Photography

To say “the sky’s the limit” when it comes to wedding design fantasies has never been more true than with the ever-increasingly popular trend of spectacular ceiling wedding decor. Because why merely decorate the aisle and the dinner tables and the dance floor and… (you get the idea), when you could decorate the sky?!  From unique light fixtures to elaborate greenery to brightly-colored flowers, the different ways in which you can bring your own style and personality to your venue with ceiling wedding decor are truly endless. Ceiling wedding decor is more popular than ever, and couples are constantly showing us new ideas to add dimension, light, and pops of color to all kinds of event spaces. Modernize a rustic barn, brighten up a dark industrial room, turn your backyard into a glowing oasis from day to night…ceiling wedding decor is all about that “wow” factor. It might be one collection of blooms exploding from the sky, a selection of chandeliers carefully hanging above your reception tables, or perhaps an assortment of paper cranes (Trust us, you do not want to miss that one!).

We’ve hand-picked some of our very favorites to inspire your own sky-high wedding day dreams.

Twinkling Ceiling Wedding Decor

String lights may not seem like the way to an over-the-top installation, but when hung up in abundance—especially to create a sort of light-up drapery in the sky—wow! The seemingly subtle design addition makes a major difference as your venue goes from day to night. Plus,  even copious rows and rows of string lights, which are more decorative than they are brightening, are one of  the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to create warmth and whimsy. No matter your setting—whether it be, a garden estate, a western ranch, or a beachfront hotel—twinkling lights are as versatile as they are classic.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Woven lanterns and string lights hanging in a lodge-like wedding venue in Northern California.
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By bringing the feeling of a starry night indoors, string lights kept the Santa Lucia Reserve reception area feeling cozy and romantic.

Wedding Ceiling Decor: A wedding couple dancing on a floral-patterned dance floor with string lights overhead.
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Carefully-placed strands of twinkling lights merged to form a focal point above the floral-painted dance floor at Woodbine Mansion in Texas.

Wedding Ceiling Decor: String lights hanging from the ceiling of a see-through outdoor wedding tent.
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This see-through tent at Georgia’s Sea Island Resort sparkled, thanks to row after row of string lights covering the ceiling.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: String lights hanging over an outdoor reception area with rectangular wooden tables.
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Giving a ceiling effect with a view of the night sky, this canopy of string lights helped define the eent outdoor event space at the iconic Flora Farms in Mexico.

Light-Up Ceiling Wedding Decor

Whether you’ve chosen a dimly-lit barn or a lush, outdoor wedding venue, you can always use a little more light. We love choosing traditional light fixtures, like chandeliers and crystal pendant lights, to create an elevated indoor-outdoor or high-low contrast in either space—or to add some extra glamour to a more minimal event space. Ultimately your light fixtures can coordinate with the rest of your decor to convey your overall theme, while also contributing to the mood of your ceremony or reception. With sparkling chandeliers and other glamorous elements, these weddings show how much ceiling decor can completely elevate your entire event space. These examples of ceiling wedding decor are also incredibly functional, and can be as ornate or minimal as you like. And if you want the best of both worlds, you can never go wrong with ceiling wedding decor that’s  a combination of lighting and greenery.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Crystal-covered chandeliers and greenery hanging over an outdoor reception table in Southern California.
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Perfectly enhancing this venue’s outdoor structures, this half-greenery, half-crystal orb design was a major part of this Orange County wedding’s overall display.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Chandeliers hanging above at an outdoor reception with round tables in Maui.
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No ceiling? No problem! The outdoor reception area at Haiku Mill in Maui was full of light and creativity with these stunning chandeliers suspended mid-air.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Varied chandeliers with different threads, beads, and other boho elements hanging over a long rectangular table.
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Beading, fabric, and other textures made for a versatile and varied display of light fixtures at this beachy-boho wedding held at the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Six oversize chandeliers hanging above a black and white dance floor.
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The moodiness of the emerald walls and graphic black and white dance floor were magically offset with an assortment of greenery surrounding opulent white chandeliers.

Floral Ceiling Wedding Decor

Hanging floral installations are among the most eye-catching, photo-worthy options for ceiling wedding decor. For this particular feature, you can work with your planner and floral designer to customize the perfect burst of beautiful flowers. There’s really nothing quite so jaw-dropping as free-flowing florals overhead, as evidenced by our favorite examples here, which incorporated each event’s color palette and theme into each sky-high arrangement. Moral of the story: Your bouquet and tablescapes aren’t the only things your florist can conjure up for you!

Ceiling Wedding Decor: A wedding couple dancing under an installation with greenery and white florals with large light bulbs.
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Guests danced under a hanging bed of greenery, white blooms, and bright bulbs at Solage in Calistoga, California.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: White and pink flowers hanging above a colorful dance floor.
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A true explosion of florals hung from the ceiling at this bright and bold wedding in Milwaukee, which was echoed by the custom painted dance floor below.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: A white baby's breath hanging floral arrangement.
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Modern and chic, this cloud-like display of baby’s breath flawlessly matched with the rest of the all-white decor at The Duke Mansion in Charlotte.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Multicolored florals hanging down above a wedding couple dancing below.
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A Midwestern garden wedding venue’s tent was accented with cascading multicolored flowers and greenery hanging over the dance floor.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Hanging white flowers all over the ceiling of a reception space with wooden light fixtures in the center.
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The natural elements of the outdoors were brought inside for a reception area bursting with white flowers and greenery galore.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: A circular floral hanging installation in a white tent.
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One massive floral chandelier took center stage at this Birmingham wedding.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Rose stems hanging upside down from the ceiling at a rainbow-colored reception.
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Individual rose stems floating above whimsical tablescapes were just one of the many bold and fantastical features of this wedding at The Line DC.

Greenery Ceiling Wedding Decor

Gardens, forests, and even your venue’s vineyards are the ideal settings for these examples of greenery ceiling wedding decor. There are so many ways to embrace the great outdoors, whether you’re inside or out, by intertwining leafy elements with existing fixtures, along rafters and architectural details, and, of course, draped amid the peaks of an outdoor tent. Even if your ceremony boasted florals everywhere, mixing it up with vines and green garlands is an aesthetically gorgeous choice for your reception. 

Ceiling Wedding Decor: An elaborate green hanging installation with lights above an indoor-outdoor reception area.
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While soft white florals were all over the ceremony, this Cartagena wedding’s reception area was all about the greenery. Most notably, the garden growing above guests’ heads, which made for  a soaring design statement from all angles.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Greenery strung across the ceiling of a white tent at a wedding.
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This couple took an outdoor tent and totally transformed it with a delicately positioned cross-hatching of vines covering its infrastructure.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Large wooden ceiling installations covered in greenery in Texas.
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If you want to elevate a modern industrial space, take a note from this wedding reception at The Astorian, which featured vines climbing up pillars and along the overhead  light fixtures and the ceiling’s architectural details

Ceiling Wedding Decor: A dark reception setting with a large light fixture covered in greenery and a long rectangular table with long-stemmed candles.
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At an indoor gathering fit for royalty at Manhattan’s quintessentially cool Bowery Hotel, the main focal points were a series of oversized tiered chandeliers covered in greenery.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Garlands of greenery hung all around a white tented reception.
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Garlands of greenery greeted guests as they entered this tent at The Gasparilla Inn & Club in Boca Grande, Florida.

Fabric Ceiling Decor

Fabric drapery has the ability to soften any space—or create an indoor feel outdoors, when woven through garden structures or draped along tent ceilings. We love the effect that fabric drapery has as ceiling wedding decor, for both highly-designed and effortless weddings alike. Through different methods, these fabric-covered ceilings add dimension and creativity to every event space. Not to mention, it's a relatively straightforward method of completely transforming your surroundings.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: White fabric drapery converging at one chandelier at a wedding ceremony in San Francisco.
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Folds after folds of creamy drapery converged at one eye-catching chandelier for this chic, all-white wedding ceremony at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: White fabric draped over an outdoor reception structure at a wedding in California.
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With a little bit of everything (florals, drapery, and gold, geometric lighting), this installation was guaranteed to be a conversation-starter-in-the-sky at this wedding in Newport Beach, California. The delicate addition of blush-colored drapery between the bold, black structural beams gives you a striped effect al fresco.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Fabric drapery hanging from the rafters at a wedding venue with stables.
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Glam met country at Campbell Stables in Water Mill, New York, an equestrian center that was adorned with a wide swaths of cream-colored fabric hanging from the rafters.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: An indoor ceremony space with striped drapery overhead.
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Part rustic, part preppy, all of these elements coordinated effortlessly with a neutral color palette,  sisal aisle runner, and striped drapery above.

Basket Ceiling Wedding Decor

From nest-like pendant lights in a garden setting, to rattan lanterns hanging from an exposed outdoor tent, these boho-style ceiling wedding decor options show the many ways you can light up a venue—in a very on-trend interior design way. Generally in natural shades of tan or brown, rattan is made from a palm and often used in wickerwork. You can even match these ceiling wedding decor pieces to your reception chairs, basket flower arrangements, and other design elements of your ceremony or reception spaces.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Dark brown woven light fixtures hanging from the ceiling at an outdoor reception setup.
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For this ranch wedding at Gardener Ranch in Carmel Valley, California, the outdoor “ceiling” wedding decor blended in with the neutral tones of the day.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: A white outdoor tent with woven rattan light fixtures and greenery hanging above long rectangular tables.
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This boho-style Palm Springs celebration called for cascading strands of flowers that led to hanging rattan light fixtures above the reception tables.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Mismatched rattan light fixtures hanging from the ceiling of a white oceanfront tent with a blue dance floor below.
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Few things translate to beachside chic quite like a ceiling full of mismatched rattan light fixtures—especially above a tonal blue and white dance floor.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Bell-shaped rattan light fixtures with greenery.
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An outdoor Mexican wedding venue was elevated with greenery and bell-shaped rattan lampshades.

Unique Ceiling Wedding Decor Options

This is where creativity really goes to the next level. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of dancing under a sparkling array of disco balls, or want to greet your guests with a festive display of colorful hanging tassels. Incorporating various spherical shapes into your ceiling wedding decor is a popular choice for more modern events,  or for a garden-themed wedding you can even have a butterfly effect—quite literally. Once you’ve established your desired theme, don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to innovative ceiling wedding decor that could work for your celebration.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Decorative butterflies covering the ceiling a rainbow-striped tent.
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This butterfly-filled, rainbow-ribboned tent was the dreamiest setting for post-"I do" dining and dancing at Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Hanging tassels at the entrance to a late-night reception area in Guatemala.
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Bringing in the warm tones of the overall design scheme, these hanging tassels and lights welcomed guests at this wedding at Guatemala's Jardin Real De Santiago.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Disco balls and palms hanging from the ceiling at a colorfully-lit reception area in Mexico.
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An increasingly popular ceiling wedding decor option for couples, these disco balls were a statement-making part of this epic Cabo wedding weekend, and screamed, “Let’s party!”

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Paper cranes functioning as an installation at a tented wedding reception.
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Paper cranes “flew” overhead during this couple’s Northern California celebration.

Ceiling Wedding Decor: Red and white lanterns hanging from the ceiling at an indoor reception area.
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Red and white paper lanterns were a warm addition to this industrial, exposed brick-walled event space.

What You Should Know Before Deciding on Ceiling Wedding Decor

If you’re ready to start dreaming up the most fantastical decor for your wedding, we recommend considering your venue and who can create these aerial arrangements. Keep in mind that some logistics are required: For starters, make sure your venue or tent provider is on board. Some of these places may not permit large-scale installations, while others may offer some alternative options. Plus, you’ll need to hire the appropriate vendors to set all of this up—which, depending on the intricacy, may be no small feat. Depending on the scope of your ceiling wedding decor fantasies, the execution will potentially be managed by a lighting provider, your florist (for greenery and flower chandeliers), your tent provider, or any production staff your planner or designer  hires.

As stunning as overhead installations are, they require a lot of extra hands, time, and investment. Discuss the details and needs with your partner, and anyone else involved in your planning process, and figure whether your overhead ideas are feasible for your big day. 

Rather than qualifying ceiling wedding decor as a “nice-to-have” at your celebration, we’d argue it’s a pretty-amazing-to-have because the wow factor is pretty unbeatable. On top of that, there is no shortage of ideas when it comes to crafting or curating your own ceiling wedding decor, and these are just a few of our most beloved styles. What qualify as Instagram-worthy backdrops, and an on-trend feature at any fête, are sure to be conversation-starters—and make for epic wedding photography. Once you’ve determined whether your venue will permit you to hang or display something from the space’s ceiling, let the brainstorming begin. You can work with your planner to come up with creative ideas, determine the best options, seek out the vendors who can help bring your vision to life, and learn all the ways you can make your special day as memorable (and gravity-defying!) as possible. Let your imagination fly!

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