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50 Decadent Ceilings That'll Blow Your Guests Away

It’s easy to get lost in planning the tablescapes, seating, or dance floor, but that’s not to say the space above is any less important! The ceiling of your reception or ceremony is a blank canvas; whether adorned with lush florals, radiant lighting, billowing fabric, or piece of statement décor, a carefully styled ceiling will transform and elevate your venue. These gorgeous ceilings will show you how it’s done.

By: Hillary Hoffower

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  • Macramé Chandeliers

    Macramé Chandeliers

    Macramé chandeliers are a little bit southwest and little bit boho, the perfect choice for the free-spirited couple.

    Photo Credit: Geoff Duncan

  • Honeycomb Balls

    Honeycomb Balls

    A dance floor canopy made out of ribbon and tissue paper honeycomb balls in blush, peach, mint, and gray screams a good time.

  • Greenery

    Greenery

    A lush greenery chandelier brings romantically woodsy vibes.

    Photo Credit: Erin Jean Photography

  • Golden Glow

    Golden Glow

    Tawny fabric sweeps extravagantly across the ceiling, combining with suspended industrial lights to bathe the reception in a golden glow.

    Photo Credit: The Why We Love

  • Floral Wreath

    Floral Wreath

    An oversized floral wreath of roses creates the perfect spotlight for bride and groom to share their first dance.

    Photo Credit: Ira Lippke Studios

  • Geometric Lanterns

    Geometric Lanterns

    Geometric-shaped lanterns are both modern and romantic, merging abstract with nature in this set-up.

  • Floral Arch

    Floral Arch

    A summery floral arch creates a vibrant ceiling for this wedding brunch.

  • Amber Lanterns

    Amber Lanterns

    Cylindrical lanterns cast a soft, amber glow over this reception space, illuminating the ceiling’s centerpiece of fauna and creating a romantic mood.

    Photo Credit: Studio Impressions

  • Dangling Blooms

    Dangling Blooms

    A festival of florals from above commands the room’s attention, adding a splash of color to an all white affair.

  • Eccentric Fun

    Eccentric Fun

    A monochromatic marquee, colorful streamers, and rainbow of lanterns create a quirky feast for the eyes.

    Photo Credit: Blooming Photography

  • Floral Extravagance

    Floral Extravagance

    This tent is fit for a princess, from decadent pink uplighting to lavish clusters of rose, complete with strings of crystal and chandeliers.

    Photo Credit: Samuel Lippke Studios

  • Floral Tray

    Floral Tray

    A hanging tray of overspilling wildflowers, complemented by an affectionate sign, perfectly accents any ceiling.

    Photo Credit: Chaz Cruz

  • Floral Frame

    Floral Frame

    A lush runner of flowers at the edge of a billowing white canopy, complete with two elegant crystal chandeliers, romanticizes this table setting and frames picturesque views of the sea and mountains.

    Photo Credit: Studio Impressions

  • Eclectic Chandelier

    Eclectic Chandelier

    Innovative and eclectic, these upside down crates teaming with greenery, white florals, and incandescent light reimagine the blank canvas of a warehouse ceiling. 

    Photo Credit: Viera Photographics

  • Draping

    Draping

    Classic white draping is a no fail option for achieving a timeless look, like this linen spawning from the candle chandelier to the edge of the ceilings.

     

  • Decadent Florals

    Decadent Florals

    Who wouldn’t want to walk down the aisle underneath a breathtaking ceiling like this? A shower of blush florals transforms this ceremony into a romantic vision.

    Photo Credit: Andrew Bayda

  • Chic Outdoors

    Chic Outdoors

    Cascading drapes, delicate chandeliers, and suspended bouquets of blooms and greens are nothing but chic.

    Photo Credit: KT Merry Photography

  • Bunting

    Bunting

    This colorful bunting’s playful mix of patterns dresses up a plain white tent roof.

    Photo Credit: Benjamin and Elise

  • Balloons

    Balloons

    White balloons are a beautiful and affordable way to dress up the space above; their rubbery texture adds a shimmer and their strings a whimsical touch.

    Photo Credit: Beatrici Photography

  • Beaded Chandeliers

    Beaded Chandeliers

    Single beaded chandeliers shine bright when the rest of the lights go down, resulting in a magical ambiance.

    Photo Credit: Elizabeth Lloyd

  • Canopy of Lights

    Canopy of Lights

    A glittering canopy of fairy lights meet at one stylishly copper chandelier, together creating the perfect glow for a dance floor and shining like magic against a dusky sky.

    Photo Credit: Concept Photography

  • Earthy Elements

    Earthy Elements

    White spherical lanterns, evergreen and goldenrod ribbons, and string lighting crisscross across wooden rafters, rounding out the venue’s earthy elements.

  • Edison Bulbs

    Edison Bulbs

    Just because you don’t have a ceiling doesn’t mean you can’t create one. An awning of Edison bulbs rounds out the modern feel of this classy reception.

    Photo Credit: Studio Impressions

  • Fabric

    Fabric

    Fabric weaved in and out of rafters creates a luxuriously billowing look.

  • Flower Garlands

    Flower Garlands

    It’s raining gerber daisies — at least that’s what it looks like with these beautiful garland suspensions.

    Photo Credit: Elizabeth Lloyd

  • Gobo Lighting

    Gobo Lighting

    Gobo lighting and uplighting work to create a midnight dream, complete with an inky violet sky and illuminating stars.

    Photo Credit: Gruber Photographers

  • Gold Stars

    Gold Stars

    There’s nothing more romantic than dancing under the stars.

    Photo Credit: Samuel Lippke Studios

  • Starry Night

    Starry Night

    Welcome to Morocco. From the floor of the opulent lounge seating and elaborate rugs to the ceiling of gold Moroccan lanterns and a projected starry night, this rich reception tent is a whole other world.

    Photo Credit: Raj Tents

  • Vintage Chandelier

    Vintage Chandelier

    A vintage chandelier with wrought iron fixtures dazzles against rich purple uplighting.

    Photo Credit: Mark Malijan

  • Variety of Lights

    Variety of Lights

    Lanterns, bulbs, and a mason jar chandelier mix and match to create a fiesta of light in a rustic barn.

  • Uplighting

    Uplighting

    A ceiling like this needs no décor — only a bit of lighting effects. Soft gold and purple uplighting accentuates dramatic arches.

    Photo Credit: Pedro Vilela

  • Sheer Panels

    Sheer Panels

    This grandeur reception combines swooping navy blue sheer panels, a damask patterned Gobo lighting, and dazzling chandeliers to create a ceiling stunning in splendor.

    Photo Credit: Kent Drake Photography

  • Striped Ceiling

    Striped Ceiling

    A red and white striped roof and balloon centerpieces take inspiration from circus fun.

    Photo Credit: Kat Forsyth

  • Pom Poms

    Pom Poms

    White draped fabric mimics the classiness of the dining era, while dangling tissue paper pom-poms beckon everyone to the dance floor for some fun.

    Photo Credit: Nina-Photo

  • Paper Lanterns

    Paper Lanterns

    Purple lanterns in shades of lavender, lilac, and orchid add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral palette.

    Photo Credit: Mark Tattersall

  • Mossy Chandelier

    Mossy Chandelier

    A large chandelier topped with moss and white florals takes its cue from an ethereal woodland.

    Photo Credit: Studio Impressions

  • Light Bulbs

    Light Bulbs

    This overhang of wired light bulbs resembles an art installation, emitting a contemporary vibe.

    Photo Credit: Studio Impressions

  • Modern Design

    Modern Design

    At a glance, this sleek and industrial light fixture resembles shooting stars, providing a design that’s minimalistic while still drawing the eye to the center of the tent.

    Photo Credit: Jose Villa Photography

  • Stringed Lighting

    Stringed Lighting

    A draping of stringed lights allows this tent’s roof to twinkle in a sea of light. 

  • Streamers

    Streamers

    Suspended crowns of fairy lights and streamers in a soft palette are pastel perfection.

    Photo Credit: Anne-Claire Brun

  • Leaves

    Leaves

    Strings of gold leaves add a touch of glam to any fall wedding.

  • Rustic Chandeliers

    Rustic Chandeliers

    Two statement chandeliers made of branches entwined with string lighting bring nature indoors for a rustic and elegant feel.

  • Ribbon Charm

    Ribbon Charm

    Vivid ribbon in peach, pink, and sky blue hues liven up this reception pavilion. Who wouldn’t want to party under a ceiling like this? 

  • Potted Plants

    Potted Plants

    Suspended pots of luscious blooms burst with hot pink and flaming orange colors for a quaint and charming look. 

  • Pendant Chandeliers

    Pendant Chandeliers

    Man-made meets Mother Nature in this combination of silver pendant chandeliers, tufts of ferns, and vibrant blooms.

    Photo Credit: Studio Impressions

  • Paper Décor

    Paper Décor

    Strung pieces of paper in a blush and neutral color scheme create a modern light and airy romantic vibe.

    Photo Credit: Jenn Emerling Weddings

  • Organic Elements

    Organic Elements

    Illuminated balls of twine and a wooden chandelier pop with blue and rich berry tones, lending an organic feel with a touch of whimsy. 

    Photo Credit: BL Photographs

  • Open Roof

    Open Roof

    Translucent white draping runs from the walls to the roof of the tent in a cohesive look. Ideal for an outdoor wedding, this open style provides a beautiful ceiling while still allowing guests to enjoy the wind’s breeze.

    Photo Credit: True Photography

  • Nature Details

    Nature Details

    Branches entwined in twinkle lights and married with crystal beans and votives mix rustic and glamour vibes.

    Photo Credit: Jeff Loves Jessica

  • Moravian Stars

    Moravian Stars

    This Moravian Star light installation offers a sparkling and unique touch that’s both whimsical and a bit vintage.

50 Decadent Ceilings That'll Blow Your Guests Away

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