Lights play a big role in setting the mood of the party; especially for an outdoor event. Personally we love outdoor venues simply because there is so much you can do to by just playing with lights! The right lighting can create a stunning setting for a perfect outdoor wedding reception.
There are plenty of options for lighting an outdoor venue, and they may vary depending on the theme. Like for example, a rustic wedding could have something as simple as paper lanterns whereas a formal or royal reception could have crystal chandeliers or candles to set the mood.
To get a clear idea on how many and what kind of lights you need to add on, you must visit the venue in the evening. Most venues usually have the basic lighting in place and you only need to add on more to enhance the ambience. Candles for example, create a soft and subtle look and are not expected to brighten the place as opposed to halogens; hence your requirement will determine the lighting for the venue.
Depending on your flow of events and preferences you can shortlist the lighting requirement for each area. Like for example, you may want spotlights to focus on the guests while raising a toast or on you for the first dance. It is very interesting to know the various effects lights can create. LED’s are preferred when it come to coloured lighting as they can produce vibrant hues and are great for colour change. They also consume less electricity and can create a very dramatic look.
The best thing to do is to have a combination of lights which can vary depending on the area which they would light. LED’s are perfect for the stage while candles make lovely center pieces. Fairy lights on the other hand, look amazing when strung in the passageway or just around trees. For a rustic look you can opt for low voltage bulbs strung across the whole area and keep the tone to amber. A personalized wedding gobo with your initials carved is a great way to add an element of design to your lighting.
Vintage chandeliers are a little expensive but can create a very classy ambiance. The chandeliers can be tied with ribbons and hung at various heights.
Pathway lighting can spice up walkway and lead the guests while making them wonder about they should expect at the end of the passageway!