Incorporating Diwali Elements in Weddings

Couple cutting cake
November 04, 2021

Light is a beckon of hope, a reminder that from darkness comes light, and from light comes wisdom and knowledge. Diwali is one of India’s most widely celebrated festivals that has reached several corners of the world. Known as the festival of lights, it symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness. Communities clean their homes, perform Lakshmi Puja and pray to the Goddess of wealth, and decorate with diyas, flowers, rangoli, and of course––lights! Candles and lamps illuminate every corner, creating such a special and beautiful sight to behold. It is observed on the 15th day of the Kartik month according to the Hindu Lunar calendar. This year it falls on November 4th and we’re celebrating by sharing how Diwali elements can be incorporated into weddings!


A staple of Diwali is having Diyas, meaning rows of lights. This is an easy way to add touches of tradition. Line paths with lights, incorporate light arches as focal points, and pair candles or lanterns with flowers and waterscapes for an extra peaceful atmosphere. 

Candles on the reception lawn
Photo courtesy of Les Anagnou Photography

Flower Rangoli

Rangoli is an art form of intricate patterns made on the floor or on tabletops using materials like powders and flowers. Flower Rangoli are perfect for reception entryways! Top with vases and vibrant bouquets.

Photo courtesy of Saayh Studio

Wedding Sparklers & Fireworks 

Nothing screams light like dazzling fireworks. They can be traditional fireworks that light up the sky at the end of the reception or in the form of light fountains and indoor sparklers. 

Couple with sparkler send off
Photo courtesy of Ashley Tiedgen Photography


Let sky lanterns go at the end of the night to illuminate the darkness. Lanterns are a sweet way of honoring the messages of Diwali–inner light and letting go of worries. These floating lights bring peace to all weddings. 

Sky lanterns
Photo courtesy of Beyond the Dark Room 

Bright Color Palettes 

Besides lights, colors are also a great way to add some Diwali vibes to any wedding. Add pops of bold colors, like oranges, pinks, blues, and greens. These colors are great for cushions, curtains, table cloths, and florals. “Weddings are a mark of new beginnings, a journey that people take together towards a strong relationship. Be it the sweetness of the ladoos or the whiz of crackers, Diwali is the festival to build new bonds, cherish new relations, allow love to bloom, and bring the advent of wedding season.” -Ruchika Soni

Flowers and an Indian couple smiling
Photos courtesy of Naman Verma

Hero photo courtesy of Naman Verma


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