A growing trend for modern Australian weddings is to host a more informal gathering in a residential garden instead of holding the reception at a formal venue. This is largely due to the desire to have a beautiful and memorable wedding day that doesn't cost a small fortune.

If you're planning to hire a marquee for your backyard wedding, then you may be looking for ideas on how to decorate it in a suitable, romantic wedding style. Having amazing lighting is possibly the most important element in creating the right atmosphere in your marquee. With these four lighting ideas, your plain marquee can be transformed into a stunning and ambient outdoor wedding venue.

1. Lanterns

Lanterns make a beautiful lighting option for an outdoor wedding. As well as providing light, they also double as decorative features that can enhance your overall decor look. You can opt for quirky paper lanterns in spherical or geometric shapes or choose metal and glass lanterns for a whimsical and old-fashioned feel.

2. Fairy lights

Fairy lights are an enduringly popular choice for outdoor wedding lighting. They can be used in several different ways to create different looks. Fairy lights look wonderful whether they're draped across the ceiling in a festoon style or used in vertical strings for a striking wall of lights. They can also be draped elegantly around posts, trees or furniture for gentle yet magical illumination.

3. Candelabras

For a timeless and elegant lighting look, candelabras as centrepieces for your tables is a fantastic lighting choice. You can opt for vintage or antique style candelabras or choose a more modern look for a more contemporary feel. The gentle flicker of candlelight is the ultimate in romantic lighting and helps to create an intimate and warm glow inside your marquee.

4. Chandeliers

If you'd like to take your lighting one step further, then a striking chandelier or two will make an incredible lighting choice. They will give even the most humble marquee a feeling of glamour and charm as well as provide a bit of bling to dazzle the eyes. Chandeliers also look amazing outside the marquee and can be hung from trees to tie the garden in with the interior marquee theme.

You might like to include one or more of these lovely lighting ideas for your backyard wedding. Contact your local wedding decor hire company to find out about the selection of lighting they have for you to choose from.