Tent lighting anxiety!

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The_Cub: I don’t think it will be too much light, but it obviously depends on how many strings of light you use.

You can install a lamp dimmer, not a wall dimmer, and then be able to control the light. Talk to someone at the Home Depot, Lowes or a lighting place to ensure you get the right product.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The_Cub:  I am having the same anxieties! I am also having a tent wedding and bought globe string lights from Target. I don’t want them so bright that it doesnt have a cozy feel, but also dont want it to be too dark. But, here is a photo I’ve seen that helped me make the judgement call. (this is the tent I will have my reception in, I want to hang them up higher though. But, its alot of lights and looks pretty okay to me. ) 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  blushpink10.
Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I got a basic lighting package from my tent rental people that included small flood lights that were stationed at each corner of the tent and faced upwards so it created ambient light and wasn’t in anybody’s eyes. There were also a few candles on the tables but I don’t know that they really contribute that much to the light environment. We still had some sunlight during dinner which made it a little brighter so people could see their food, but it was low level lighting later in the evening during dancing and cake.  I did globe lights and christmas lights between and around the outside seating area and this was fairly dim – my grandmother couldn’t really see too well in this area and had to walk with someone. This would not have been enough light for the main tent area, but you can always just add more globe lights.

How do you plan to hang all the frosted globe lights? Generally you can only string two or maybe three strands together, in a row, so you’ll need to have outlets at several locations. Also, I’d try stringing a set up in your dining room and turning off all the lights and having dinner. Would your grandmother be able to see her food? I’d also ask your tent rental people if they offer any basic lighting.

Here are some pics from our wedding:

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

The_Cub:  Yeah, the globe lights look awesome! Look into the dimmers, but I’d guess you’d need separate dimmers for each of the strings that would start a the power source. So just think through how they will be strung and powered and dimmed from different points.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The_Cub:  haha yea its a stress of mine! From the photo it looks like they had about 10 rows of it. I have 15 strands but I’ll need 2 to reach across each row, so I will only have enough for 7 rows total, which I think will be good because I was thinking I wanted a few rows less than in the photo. Yea, definitely too low in this example. 

Not sure what time of day you are setting up, but might need to just budget a generous amount of time to play with it. I am bringing like 5 people with me to help the day before, I figure even if its sunny, under a tent it will still be dark enough to kind of see…I hope! Good luck!

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