Wedding Tent Lighting Ideas For Your Special Day

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Are you planning your wedding reception – perhaps these wedding lighting tent ideas can help?

One way to do this is to ensure that your wedding looks magical by installing a good tent lighting setup.

This is especially true for bigger tents like our Classic Plus tents.

Here are some of the best options for you to light your tent and set the mood.



Wedding Tent Lighting Ideas – Questions To Ask Yourself

But first, we need to talk about your actual goal in mind. What wedding atmosphere are you looking to achieve? The look you’re gunning for is going to dictate the type of lights you will need to buy. For instance, a big chandelier won’t really fit a minimalist wedding. The items really depend on the whole theme and atmosphere you choose for your wedding.

  • Are you looking to set the mood with some romantic wedding string lights?
  • Do you want your wedding guests to be able to see and move around easily?
  • Are you looking for wedding lights that will make your wedding photos pop?
  • Does your event planning committee understand your lighting needs?

Your wedding lighting goals will help you determine what wedding lights to buy and how to set up your tent lights. You can always turn to your event planner to help you with the setup. But if you really want to personalize your wedding and make it the most unique wedding ever, then you may need to experiment with a few lighting options.

Here Are Some Wedding Lighting Ideas You Can Choose From

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Fairy Lights To Illuminate The Tent

Fairy lights are one of the best tent lighting ideas because they are relatively inexpensive and easy to set up. You can buy them in different colors, but white fairy lights are the most popular because they give off a romantic and ethereal vibe.

To set up your fairy lights, you will need to use light clips to attach the fairy lights to the tent’s ceiling. You can also use zip ties, but light clips are the best option because they’re easy to remove and won’t damage the tent.

When you’re setting up your fairy lights, make sure that the lights are evenly spaced out. You don’t want your wedding to look like a Christmas tree.

Chandeliers For Classy Weddings

Just because you’re in an outdoor tent, doesn’t mean you can’t have a touch of glamor at your wedding. Chandeliers suspended from the tent roof add that extra touch of luxury if you’re looking to create a glamorous wedding reception to remember.

If you want chandeliers, ensure that you’re using a tent that will be able to support its weight. The best thing to do is talk to the wedding tent supplier, as they’ll be able to recommend the right tent for you and your needs.

Chandelier lights are expensive as well. This is a stark contrast to string lights which are ultra-cheap in comparison.

LED Candles For Table Decorations

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There’s no denying that you can’t use real candles in your tent as lights. As fantastic as they look, they are very much a fire hazard. Even if you’re careful with them, you can’t be sure that they won’t cause any damage. Your event planning personnel wouldn’t allow you to have an actual fire on your head table.

If you want the look of flickering candles though, you can still have it.LED candles give you the look and feel of real candles, without danger. Modern LED candle lights even flicker realistically, so no one would ever know the difference.

These work amazingly well in tea light holders and lanterns, so get creative with them. Have them on your tables, lining walkways, and more. They’re so safe you can have them almost anywhere.

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String Lights For Tent

A set of string lights or bistro lights is incredibly affordable and allows you to create all kinds of looks in your 30-foot wide tent. You can string them along the roof to create the look of a star-studded night sky, or around tables or other furniture.

You can even wrap them around the center poles holding the tent up, turning them into a feature as well as making them more visible, for safety. Or you can put it above the dance floor. It’s amazing what you can do with a set of string lights.

Battery-powered bistro lights are best, as you can put these lights anywhere you like without worrying about where you’ll plug them in. This is especially useful for hard-to-reach areas which are plenty in an outdoor wedding. You can even surround your bar area with this type of bistro lighting.

Bottle Lights As Elegant Decoration

This is a really cool idea that will look incredible anywhere in your wedding tent. All you need to do is buy ‘bottle lights’ online, which are a set of LED string lights that are attached to a plastic ‘cork’, which houses the batteries. When turned on, it will look like a bottle full of fireflies.

These are beautiful and have such a simple effect. It’s also a great excuse to hang onto those cool bottles that are now empty but you don’t have any use for. Just ensure that you do use LED lights, as any other kind will get too hot and could even explode the glass.

This is the type of tent lighting that can be used in tandem with other tent lighting options.

Lanterns For Ethereal Glow

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Lanterns are an amazing option for weddings. They lend a fairy tale feel to any wedding reception, something that works well with so many tent styles. What better way can there be to celebrate your happily ever after?

They can be used with electric lights or can have LED bulbs put into them. As discussed above. That way, they can go almost anywhere.

Lanterns are very simple to pick up before your wedding. You can buy them in most home stores, or you can even get them on wedding sites where couples sell and buy wedding lighting décor.

Wherever you get them, they’re sure to look amazing. And they would look even better when paired with string lights or other string lighting options.

Globe Lights For Illumination

Want to add a splash of color to your wedding tent? Then globe tent lighting options are just the thing. They are perfect in your home, but they look exceptional at weddings too. When the sun goes down, they’ll glow softly and look amazing.

Before the night falls though, they’ll still look fantastic. Pick colors that match your wedding tent and you’ll have effortless décor in your 40 x 100 tent.

Paper Lanterns Lighting & LED string lights

This is yet another unique lighting option for your event. Paper lanterns always look great, and you can get them in all sorts of colors and sizes. You can even buy battery-operated ones that will glow all night without needing to be changed.

Hang them up around the wedding tent, or even from the ceiling for a different look. Just ensure that if you are hanging your paper lanterns from the ceiling. They are well-secured and not at risk of falling and hurting anyone during the wedding.

Choose The Lighting Setup That You Want

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Overall, the final say is still yours. If you want to have your wedding lighted in a certain way, then, by all means, choose one that you want. After all, it is your wedding day.

All of these wedding lighting ideas are here to give you an idea of what’s possible and what would look good. In the end, it is still up to you to decide on what tent lighting to go for.

Professional Recommendation

But as for our recommendation, it is still better to go with your event planner’s or wedding tent supplier’s recommendation. They know more about lighting setups than you do. Plus, it would be easier for them to adjust to your wants and needs if they are the ones who did the event planning.

If you are not happy with the lighting choices of your event planner, you can always voice your concerns. Surely, they can work around your themes or motifs.

In ETI, we are happy to help so feel free to contact us if you want.In the end, you can choose any of these wedding tent lighting ideas.