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Tent or Barn Wedding Lighting Options
The funny thing about having a barn or tent wedding, people forget about their wedding lighting needs. If there are any lights provided by the tent rental company or built into the barn, they are typically NOT DIMMABLE.
By: Rob Alberti
There is no perfect way to set that dim, romantic feel and your guests will be hesitant to dance until the lights are dimmed. It’s human nature – it’s easier to fill the dance floor once the lights are set at about 30 – 50% of the full on value. The ability to dim lights at your barn or tent wedding is paramount in filling your dance floor.
That is why you need a wedding lighting professional – not your florist, not the craig’s list DJ, and not your caterer with the 6 LED lights they bought for $500. A wedding lighting expert can transform your barn or tent into the perfect place to celebrate with friends and family.
What are some options for lighting your barn (https://animoto.com/
There are bistro string lights (market lights) and the retro-style Edison bulb string light that are a great way to brighten your barn or tent. They can be attached to dimmers to be able to control the brightness.
LED fixtures can be used to up-light your barn beams to warm up the dark wood tones or wash your tent top with color.
There are texture lights that can be used to project patterns on the wall, dance floor or ceiling of your wedding tent.
Task lighting might be needed to spotlight table centerpieces, your wedding cake, or for use to illuminate your bar, dessert station or for kitchen staff use.
If bathrooms are a distance from the tent or barn, you may need to illuminate the path using LED Rope lighting, shepherds hook & lanterns or string lights.
Don’t forget chandeliers – yes, who says you can’t hang crystal chandeliers or wrought iron chandeliers in your tent or barn to add some classic chic style to your wedding.
Many times, lighting with complex setups will require installation the day prior to your wedding and removal the morning after. Be sure your facility will allow for the necessary setup and removal of your wedding lighting.
Whenever you talk lighting in a tent or barn, electricity needs to be considered. For example, 400’ of bistro string lights might require 2 or 3-15amp circuits. Generators may need to rented to accommodate your wedding lighting needs. Texture lighting can be just as extremely taxing when it comes to electricity with theatrical fixtures pulling as much as 750w per fixture. A typical tent installation may require 8 or more fixtures – equaling 4-15amp circuits
Whatever you decide is the right look and feel for your wedding décor, lighting your barn or tent wedding needs planning and a lighting professional to design and implement your vision. Lighting your tent or barn wedding can take a simple tent or rustic barn and turn it into something out of a wedding magazine or wedding blog. Find an inspirational wedding image on pinterest and show it to your wedding lighting designer and see how amazing your tent or barn wedding can be.
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