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Tent Wedding – String Lights and Paper Lanterns

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Tent Wedding – String Lights and Paper Lanterns

Tent Wedding – String Lights and Paper Lanterns: Thinking about a tented wedding?  Don’t forget the lighting.  Most tent rental companies will include some basic wash lighting or perimeter string lights.  That’s pretty boring and won’t make for a WOW factor at your tent wedding.

The first thing to remember is that any lighting in a tent should be on dimmers.  Once it is time to dance, you need to be able to dim the lights so your wedding guests will feel like getting their groove on out on the dance floor.  It’s human nature – bright lights and no one wants to dance.


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There are many styles of string lights – fairy lights (not dimmable), twinkle lights (LED versions are normally not dimmable but the standard Christmas bulb ones are), bistro lights (2″ diameter bulbs about 2′ apart) or Edison Bulbs (higher power draw and limited runs to about 100′ per dimmer)

Coming up with a pattern that fits your vision and the power available can be daunting.  Don’t forget to check with your local electrical inspector as many towns require a licensed electrician to install and pull permits for your tent wedding string lighting.  Yes – they are string lights but many areas will not allow them to be done without that licensed electrician and town permit ($40- $100).

Paper lanterns are one place where people tend to falter with their tent wedding lighting.   Some wedding couples DIY and pick up a box of 12″ diameter paper lanterns and then quickly realize that they get lost in a normal size wedding tent.

Sparse small diameters – get lost in a large tent

We recommend that you go 16″ – 30″ in diameter for your paper lantern installations.  You can mix of the sizes, colors or even texture of your lanterns for a completely unique look for your tent wedding. Wait until a day hanging your paper lanterns as they will absorb moisture.  There are many LED lighting options or just hang them over your string lights to illuminate them.


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As a wedding lighting designer to help create that perfect feel to your tent or barn wedding lighting.  Have an inspiration image from Pinterest or the internet?  Just send it along to them and they can help recreate it for you.

Don’t be shocked – tent lighting is time-consuming and should be another line item on your wedding budget.  If you consider that we normally have a 2 or 3 person crew setting up for about 4 hours and then factor in another 2 hours for striking, the labor costs add up quickly.  Most of our tent lighting jobs range from $1600 – $3000 depending on the complexity.

Meet Allison & Nick
Stonover Farms – Lenox, MA


I’d like for you to meet Allison and Nick. When you walk into Stonover Farms – it is an empty barn. Allison and Nick had a vision for their wedding. They wanted to completely transform the space with lights hung throughout. We walked the space with them, brought in a few light fixtures, and created a design to meet their vision.

We brought in amber uplighting to warm up the wood tones around the perimeter. We hung about 600′ of black strand bistro lights throughout the space. Then, we brought in 2 custom recycled wood chandeliers. One was an 8′ long plank chandelier with glass and hanging Edison bulbs hung over the wood bar. The second was a 6′ x 6′ square recycled wood chandelier with 16 Edison bulb hanging strands placed over the dance floor.

When they came in for their first look on their wedding day – they just lit up. It was more than they ever expected. Even, Stonover Farm’s owner, Tom pulled me aside the day after their wedding to say that he’s never seen the barn lit up – it was just amazing.

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