We’ve all swooned over incredible images of outdoor weddings with twinkling lights, but how does this actually work in real life? Where there’s no power source, or your venue is a exposed to the elements?! There are a few things to consider if you have your heart set on outdoor lighting for your wedding day – but worry not, as always, RMW’s The List is here to help.
We have some brilliant lighting companies on our wedding directory, who hire and sell lighting to make your festoon-lit dreams a reality. Read on for our guide to wedding lighting for outdoor cerebrations…and prepare to swoon!
Jo from Lights4Fun says…
“Outdoor lighting for the wedding is the very last thing brides tend to think about, given they are immersed in all the plans up until that point. The main message is that making the wedding look special is much easier than you think and with any budget you can create something very effective! My advice has always been, choose one element and do it really well, rather than diluting your efforts by having lights all over the place. Look at the outdoor space you wish to light, and choose the prettiest feature.”
“Create a walkway canopy of lights, using either our outdoor festoons or fairy lights, that gives a big wow factor. Simply daisy chain the lights together (they have male/female connectors attached) and swag between trees/buildings. If required, use our festoon poles which will eliminate the need for anything to attach the lights to. We also sell shepherd’s hooks for lighting pathways when there’s a need for lights at a lower level. Fairy light strings cost less than festoons, and look gentle and pretty, especially in trees.”
But what about power? I hear you ask, no worries, Jo has your back…
“The days where one bulb goes out are over. Modern LEDs are bright and reliable without being sharp and cold looking. The way they are manufactured ensures that there doesn’t tend to be an issue with them failing. If a power supply is an issue, we have fairy light strings that can be powered by battery, so really we’ve got everything covered. Outdoor LED lanterns really do make a difference, and we have all types and sizes on offer. Also, solar lights should not be ruled out if you are getting married in a country where the sun is guaranteed.”
If you haven’t discovered The List yet, then we have a great selection of suppliers who will be able to help create light solutions for you that look truly striking. From Twilight Trees, who offer beautiful LED trees that you can use to line your aisle, or frame a door way, to Sparkling Lights who supply the whole of the UK but are based in Scotland so are well versed in outdoor wedding celebrations (it’s legal to get married outside there).
And don’t forget the brilliant Lights4Fun whose expert team are at the other end of the phone and would love to help with the best solution and assistance with calculating quantities. They offer next day delivery by courier for NO EXTRA CHARGE, so can fulfil any last minute orders this feature may well prompt 😉