Tent Lighting

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

What kind of a lighting are you considering?    If your wedding is in the evening I wouldn’t skimp on lighting. People need to be able to see so they can manuever around the tent and dance.  You don’t want anyone tripping.   Our reception was tented and I couldn’t imagine not renting the lighting.

  I’m not sure what sort of lighting you’ve looked into,  I know certain kinds are semi- expensive i.e. paperlanterns run 10-20 dollars per lantern, chandliers run around 100-200 dollars  per unit- and with both of those options you still may need additional lighting.

   Inexpensive tent lighting could be globe lights or canned lights (sort of like a spot light that points to the ceiling of the tent, you can purchase filter paper and do some creative colorful lighting).  Both of these options are inexpensive (1-300 dollars for a 40×60 tent).  If you’ve called rental companies and they’ve given you quote you can pretty much assume they know how much lighting you need.  They do this sort of thing for a living, and most of the time when people rent tents they also rent the lighting. 

 

  I hope this helps, and good luck. I would love to see pictures of your day! 

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

By the way, I see you’re new to the hive- Welcome!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We used globe lights for ours- the tent was a 40×60 and the cost was around 300 dollars (we also had tiki torches around our venue to ward off the bugs).  600 dollars seems like a really high quote for the basic lighting.

    For our wedding, the perimeter was lit, we had 12 votive candles on each table- it created a very nice atmosphere. Not too light, but people could still see pretty well.  I would defintiley look at other companies and when talking about lighting, explain your vision.  The first company we talked to brought us into their show room and immediatle started pressuring us without listening to what we wanted (we asked for square tables, they kept trying to talk us into round, etc.. etc..)  Goodluck with your search!  I found it helpful to do a google search for tent rental companies (+ your zipcode) most places post their rates online

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If you are willing to do the work, paper lanterns don’t have to be expensive. And they look really nice.  If you buy the lanterns bulk from paperlanternstore.com and then make these lights called throwies.  There are directions online to make them for a really good price.  One of the other bees said that if you tape one led bulb to a battery they will last 2-3 weeks.  I’m going to try attaching 2-3 bulbs per battery and see how long they last as a trial.  Here is the link for the throwies and the link that one of the other bees posted, there is a lot of great info and pictures:  http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Throwies/, http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/04/03/if-only-i-had-majored-in-event-lighting-instead-of-biology/

 Good Luck!

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Wow! $600 for the simplest uplighting seems a bit steep. The cheapest lights the tent company we’re renting from are like $8 per light and it includes the colored gels.

 Maybe try shopping around at other rental places that may carry lights. I bet you could find a better price.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m also considering doing the lighting for our tent. I read the post about the throwies and paper lanterns and it seems fairly simple to make the throwies and budget friendly. I guess I’m not entirely sure what you do with them though, once you’ve made the throwies. Do you tie them all together (I think <font color=”#81a026″>Mrs. Tiramisu</font> used 3 per lantern)? And how do you attach them to the lantern itself? And then my last question, which I feel sort of stupid asking, is how do you actually hang the lanterns? Do you attach all the lanterns to a long string and then tie it to the sides of the tent? I’m also not sure how many we’ll need for our tent (which will be 40’x60′). I feel like this is going to be more complicated than I initially thought.

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