When you're planning a special event, such as a baby or bridal shower, a wedding reception, a milestone birthday celebration or a romantic soiree, don't forget to consider lighting elements. If the event will take place in the evening, the type of lighting that you choose will have a big impact on the overall look and feel of the venue.
In addition to illumination, lighting can also be used to enhance the event's decor theme as well as create the right ambiance. Even if you're renting a celebration space, such as a reception hall or a hotel conference room, you can use your own lighting elements to give the space a personal stamp.
Lighting is also important when you're hosting a party outdoors, such as in a garden, on a beach or in a country barn. There are many different styles and options to choose from, so use your event decor scheme as a starting point.
Here are some event lighting ideas that could help you execute a theme:
1. Tropical Beach Soiree
Even if the event isn't taking place on a tropical island, you can transport guests to a beach paradise using the right lighting and decor elements. As one idea that you can reuse in your home after the event, place seashells, sea glass, sand dollars and star fish in a glass lamp base and choose a rattan shade to match. Place the lamps on tables throughout the venue to create a relaxed beach house vibe.
You can also use blue-hued LED lights to cast a magical underwater glow throughout the event space. Another whimsical option is using a projector to place colorful seashell and starfish shapes on the venue's neutral-hued walls and even the ceiling.
2. Garden Party
Use soft, twinkling lights to add instant ambiance to either a real garden or to a space featuring a romantic garden theme. Wrap white string lights around tree trunks and limbs as well as staircase railings if you're outdoors. For indoor venues, hang the delicate lights across the ceiling or wrap them around beams and pillars.
Other garden-inspired lighting elements include rustic wrought iron lanterns, Chinese paper lanterns, and delicate candle holders filled with tea lights, which will make ideal table decor.
3. Winter Wonderland Celebration
When choosing winter wonderland-themed lighting, go with elements that will give the event space an enchanted feel. As one idea, wrap battery-powered string lights around bare, silver-painted manzanita tree branches and place them in glass vases as table centerpieces.
You also can't go wrong with paper snowflake-shaped lanterns suspended from the ceiling or blue icicle-inspired lights hanging from rafters, shelves, mantels, or any other surface.
Keep in mind that if you want especially dramatic event lighting, you can hire professionals to light the whole event.