London Based On Tour Events Talks Wedding Lighting Design & What Lighting Equipment to Hire.

Wedding LIghting Design & Hire Services London
Wedding LIghting Design & Hire Services London

This is it, you're getting married. It's one of, if not the most significant events of your life. Which means you've got to get it right, there are no repeat performances (at least, there aren't supposed to be!). Whilst your initial thoughts might immediately become occupied with the dress or the venue, lighting shouldn't be forgotten. 

Wedding lighting in many ways is many ways in like the wedding cake. There is a multitude of combinations and options to choose from, and you'll need the help of experts to decide (such as On Tour Events), but you'll probably dedicate more of your time to other seemingly more pressing matters. But if you get it wrong, not only will it annoy you and put a dampener on your day, but your esteemed guests will notice too.

We understand that wedding lighting might not reach the highest spot on the priority list. However, if you get it right, it can set everything off perfectly. From the dancefloor to the photographs, lighting can literally make or break your wedding celebrations.

With that in mind, what have you got to think about when it comes to wedding lighting equipment and wedding lighting hire for that matter. 

Which Aspects of a Wedding Require Lighting? 

Ok, we'll admit this question is a little like asking "how long is a piece of string?" However, it's still a worthy exercise to sit down and properly think about which specific aspects of your day are going to require wedding lighting.

An excellent place to start is by breaking your choices down into two categories. Start with the absolute essentials, as in, what aspects will not be able to function without proper lighting equipment. Then progress to think about ways lights could really elevate your venue to the next level. 

Starting with the essentials, there are many aspects of your celebrations that are clearly going need hired wedding light equipment. First start with the venue itself, is there going to be adequate lighting provided? Unless your planning on pioneering a 'wedding in the dark' theme, you're going to need lights as the sun sets and your celebration progress well into the late hours. 

Many venues are going to provide bog-standard lighting arrangements, but many others won't. For example, if you're hiring a tepee, marquee, or other outdoor temporary structure, many providers either steer clear of the electrical set up or only offer options that leave a lot to be desired. 

Once you've got your venue lighting sorted, the next prominent place to start thinking about in the context of lighting is the evenings' entertainment, which is going to require all manner of wedding lighting equipment. From DJ lights and lasers to spotlights for the first dance, your stage and dancefloor are going to form the centrepiece to your celebrations. Thus, they should be bestowed with wedding lighting worthy of the occasion.

Once you've checked everything major of the list, it's time to think about how lighting can transform your space. Festoon and outdoor lighting can change the whole ambience of a wedding. From brash and bold, to subtle and understated, your wedding lighting choices can set the tone for the evening ahead.

The list of wedding venue areas below is by no means exhaustive, but it should get you thinking about where you might want to hire specialist wedding lighting to make them extra special:  

  • Reception Tables

  • Overhead/Ceiling

  • Dancefloor

  • Ceremony Backdrop

  • Ceremony Aisle

  • Cake Table

  • Guestbook Table

  • Bar

  • Photo Booth

  • Lounge Areas

  • Cocktail Tables

  • Outdoor Walkways

  • Trees

  • Reception exit (sparklers, glow sticks, etc.)

Understanding Wedding Lighting Jargon 

Brides-to-be often tell us that it feels like we are speaking a foreign language when describing lighting options. While we try our best, we can't avoid all lighting-related jargon, and therefore we thought it would be a good idea to familiarise you with some of the most common types of lights so you can get a better idea of what you might want to go for with your wedding lighting hire: 

  • Spotlight a light that emits a narrow beam to focus on a particular person or space. Perfect for the first dance and wedding speeches.

  • Floodlight – pretty much the opposite of a spotlight. Lights a large surface area, which is ideal for larger outdoor spaces that require guests to be able to see what they're doing.

  • Uplights – lights that are placed on the floor and shine up the walls in various colours. Perfect for setting the mood and ambience within your venue. 

  • Textured lights – these lights shine a preset pattern, such as leaves or a starry night sky, which is great if there's a theme to your wedding. For instance, you could adorn your venue with revolving snowflakes if you're having a winter wedding. 

  • Pinspot – a tiny light used to illuminate a small area, such as a centrepiece on a table, often powered by LEDs these days. 

  • Festoon lighting – also referred to as twinkle, fairy, bistro, or cafe lights, these strands of lights are the most versatile and cost-effective way to light up any space. They mostly appear as a long line of lightbulbs on a string, but there are many variations. These are especially popular for outdoor weddings, and rightly so, they look amazing when you get them right. 

  • Pendants – these light are single fixtures that hang from the ceiling. You could decide to go old school and hang one right above the dance floor instead of the obligatory glitter ball. 

  • LED light – the light you're probably most familiar with. A cost-effective option with a range of colours available capable of dazzling brightness, if that's what you're aiming for. Used in a lot of contemporary DJ lighting products as well as for pinspots.  

  • Mood lighting – again, you're probably familiar with mood lighting, which floods the venue with a particular colour without having any recognisable source. Great for switching up the feel of a room when transitioning from the meal to the dancing later on.

Once again, this isn't an exhaustive light. Instead, it's a quick a run-down of the most commonly chosen lighting options for brides and grooms-to-be. 

What Are the Most Significant Areas When It Comes to Wedding Lighting?

The answer to that question largely depends on whether you're hiring an indoor or outdoor venue. An outdoor wedding is going to need more spent on general wedding lighting. You'll also have to figure out the associated challenges of supplying your lights with the necessary power if in a rural or remote setting. 

However, the entertainment set up usually represents the most significant lighting spend. Spotlights, DJ lights, and pinspots, all form part of even the most basic of setups. That's without mentioning the related audio visual technology with which the lighting rigs are usually linked. 

Then you've also got to factor in that this type of lighting is not the sort of technology you simply hire and then hand over the 'have-a-go Harry' of your family. They require expert technicians for set up, operation, and subsequent dismantling before being moved on to the next event.

For an all-encompassing wedding lighting hire package, it makes sense to hire all of your equipment from one place. 

What Else Can On Tour Events Provide for Couples?

We realise that in the chaos of trying to organise a wedding, it helps to keep supplier numbers down to a minimum. Since we also work in the conference, exhibition, and awards show industry, we have everything imaginable in our warehouses for your wedding lighting, audio visual, and physical structure requirements. If we don't happen to have what you need, we possess the necessary human resources and skills to design and build it from scratch. 

From stages to dancefloors and state-of-the-art PA systems, we can meet all of your wedding needs for one price. We can provide the following as part of our wedding services: 

  • 3D Visualisations before your event

  • Custom lighting designs

  • A full suite of audio visual equipment including 

  • A full suite of IP-rated lighting equipment