(Closed) Tent Lighting?

posted 13 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think you almost have enough as it is.  We bought a few strings of small Martha Stewart white lanterns to string through the middle of the tent, and we aren’t even having perimeter lightbulbs in ours.  Our tent is part of our dining area, with dancing and food in a separate room, so we are also using big pillar candles in glass hurricanes on the tables.  I don’t know about you, but soft lighting under a tent at an outdoor wedding is just so dreamy to me ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Lanterns are a great idea. Something also to consider is West Coast Brides’s suggestion of hurricanes with pillar candles.  I saw this at an outdoor wedding I went to last August and it gave the tent a really romantic glow. I don;t know what your colors are, but I have seen some amazing stained glass hurricanes at Target for about $10-$12. I would even use some smaller votives if you have a long table.


Best of luck with your dream wedding!!

Post # 6
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Beach Social Hall

I agree that lanterns are a great way to light up a tent; also having candles (real or battery operated) in the centerpieces will help to light the tent. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚


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Post # 8
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2022

I think you should do lanterns with little leds that you can get at radio shack, or go to Do what Mrs. Lemon did with candles, she also got them at CUDGE.NET not crudge. and she got her hurricanes-actually drinking cups from ikea. I am doing the same thing thats why I also recommend! ๐Ÿ™‚ Tents look amazing with lanterns though, I think it was Mrs. Tiramisu or that used leds with lanterns in her tent. Both are great ideas! Good Luck!!

Post # 9
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@emilybrooke $2500 for paper lanterns?! That’s ridiculous. I wonder what vendor told you that. You can buy the lanterns yourself for $2-$4 a piece and then find a willing friend or family member to string them up for you. It’s probably going to cost me about $100-200 to have the lanterns.

 Our entire wedding is going to be held outside. During the day you dont really need any lighting at all– you have the sun. The perimeter lighting you’re already having will be plenty. When the sun goes down you bascially need enough light for mood lighting.

I’m getting married August 1st in upstate NY and it doesnt get dark until around 9pm. We’re not having LEDs in the lanterns, we’re just having them to add color and ambiance. We will have white string lights around the perimeter of the tents and we’re having candle centerpieces on the tables. We’re also going to have some citronella torches around the tents that we’ll light once the sun starts to go down.

Post # 10
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2022 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

We are having twinkle lights wrapped in tulle draped on the ceiling of the tent.  Also doing hanging lanterns and lots of candles!

Post # 11
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

Hi emilybrooke!

We used paper lanterns with LEDs to light our tent and managed to do-it-ourselves for about $200.  We also used perimeter lighting and together with the lanterns we had more than enough light. 

I posted about the process here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/04/03/if-only-i-had-majored-in-event-lighting-instead-of-biology/

Here we are in progress with making the LEDs and testing them out:  http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/06/17/lighting-lanterns-with-led-throwies/

I was super worried about the whole process and about the cost, but it ended up working out great.  Let me know if you have any more questions!

In the picture here we have around 100 lanterns in a 40×120 tent just so you can get an idea ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am thinking of doing a gobo light projected on the ceiling with a leaf or flower pattern. I like the look of lanterns, but was told that installation could be expensive.

Post # 13
23 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hi Tiramisu – I’m following your LED instructions for lighting (I hope I bought the right ones!) and am planning to do ~100 lanterns in our 40×80 tent. I have a couple of questions that I’m hoping you can answer:

– how did you hang your paper lanterns?
– how did you prep the lanterns for hanging? We’ll be doing this ourselves so I want to be able to do as much in advance as possible!
– what size lanterns are you using in the photo, above?
– did you light all of the lanterns and when?
– do you have any photos of the lanterns at night?
– anything you would have done differently, in hindsight?

Any other tips for us? Thanks for your help!

Post # 14
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent

Hi runrunrun!

Lots of questions!  I am working on a post that will hopefully answer all of these in more detail for you, look for it in the next 2 weeks.

-We used fishing line to hang the lanterns from the center poles of the tent out to the side poles and also between the center poles.

-We attached the throwies to the metal frame of the lantern (with fishing line also) ahead of time and then put the frames into the lanterns on the day before the wedding.

-What you see in that photo are 100 14" lanterns and 30 lanterns ranging in size from 8"-16".

-We lit all of the lanterns the Friday morning before our Saturday evening wedding.

-The lanterns didn’t photograph very well at night but I’m searching through some of our guest photos to try to find one that shows how much they glowed.

-The throwies were great but were pretty time consuming to assemble.  Mr. Tiramisu did most of them at the last minute, so I would have just started earlier and tried to do a few at a time (but who am I kidding I’m such a procrastinator!).

I hope that helps you!  Sometimes I don’t notice board posts so if you have a specific question  you can always PM or email me.  Good luck!

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