Special Event Lighting Ideas

16 August 2019
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After you've chosen your event venue and catering menu, it's time to think about decorative touches that will give the space a personal feel. One of the easiest ways to customize a basic venue is with the right lighting elements. Not only will lighting illuminate the space, but it can also add to the overall decor and theme of the event. You don't have to spend a lot of money to find the elements that will transform the venue from boring to beautiful. 

When choosing the perfect lighting elements for your special event, consider whether it will be held in an indoor or outdoor venue. If it's an outside space, such as a country barn, vineyard, park, or friend's or loved one's backyard, you may need to get special fixtures and wiring rated for outdoor use. This is especially important if rain is in the forecast, as moisture can damage traditional lighting elements.

Depending on your event-planning budget and your specific needs, you can either purchase the lighting yourself or rent it from an event rental company. If you need more elaborate elements, such as LED-lit furniture or a dance floor, renting them is most likely the best choice.

Here are some lighting element ideas for your next special event:

1. String Lights

Although string lights are basic elements that you can find almost anywhere, don't underestimate their power when it comes to illuminating an event space. These small white lights will give any area a warm, welcoming glow and plenty of ambiance. They're also convenient because you can wrap them around a number of objects, such as tree limbs, pillars, and railings, or drape them above tables and entranceways. 

You can easily customize the look of the lights by choosing themed colors, such a red and green for a Christmas party, orange, black, and purple for a Halloween soiree, or even wedding colors for a reception. The bulbs also come in a variety of whimsical shapes, such as tropical fish or hearts, which you can choose from depending on the celebration theme.

2. Texture Lighting

Another way to infuse any event space with decorative illumination is with texture lighting. You can use texture light to project shapes and patterns on a venue's floors, walls, or both. Templates featuring cut-out designs are placed over the bulbs to create a special effect.

As with the string lighting, you can use texture lights to highlight a particular decor theme, such as fleur-de-lis patterns for a Mardi Gras-themed celebration. Texture lights will help give boring white walls or floors plenty of visual interest, and are completely temporary.

To learn more about holiday, wedding, and event lighting options, contact a company that provides these services near you.