When planning a wedding or event, the lights may not be at the top of your priority list. After all, you have the venue, catering,... Read More
When planning a wedding or event, the lights may not be at the top of your priority list. After all, you have the venue, catering, photography, and plenty of other big ticket items to worry about.
But after seeing what a difference great lighting can make to an event – from functionality in the dark to mood setting – you’ll be glad you made lighting a cornerstone of your big day. Here are 6 successful tips for lighting to enhance your event.
1. Get clear on the logistics.
Regardless of a day or night event, indoor or out, you’ll need some form of lighting for functionality. In other words: your guests need to be able to see. Basic lighting is more straightforward and, with a simple conversation with your venue, you should have a sense on what lighting is already included or available in your rental.
Getting clear on the logistics of the venue will help you start making other lighting decisions, such as walkway or outdoor lighting, fun bistro lights, statement chandeliers, dramatic uplighting, and more. Simple logistics include: lighting included, power sources, areas accessible to guests, and any venue rules regarding lighting.
2. Think about food and beverage lighting.
The majority of events will have some form of food service. From simple appetizers to a full meal service, it’s vital that your event area is well lit for eating.
Consider brighter lighting over tables where guests will eat their food. This may be part of your existing venue or, if you’re hosting an outdoor event, you may need to have lighting installed.
Remember that other areas, such as buffet tables and a bar will also need good lighting for your guests. This is a great opportunity to create well lit signs to draw attention to these spots. After all, much of your event budget likely went into catering and beverage service!
3. Remember other functional lighting.
Outdoor events are notorious for needing extra lighting because, well, they’re outside! If your venue doesn’t include any lighting, you’re creating or renting your own pop-up structure (like a tent), or if any part of the event will be at night, it’s critical you make lighting preparations to keep your guests safe when walking around the venue space.
Think of lighting any high traffic paths guests will use to and from the actual event space, such as to the parking lot, bathrooms, and any other entertainment area (ceremony area, cocktail space, and so on). Also consider lighting around the event area, as guests often like to check out the space surrounding it. (Perimeter lighting is perfect for this!)
Start by following these three lighting tips for your next event, and next time we’ll follow up with our final three thoughts!
And for help with New England event rentals, give us a call at Sperry Tents Seacoast!