The best part about using a stretch tent marquee for your function is the fact that you have a completely open canvas for décor and lighting. You potentially have limitless options and are not restricted by existing features and wall colours. There are hundreds of options to choose from, which may seem a little overwhelming, so here are a few tips to help you decide what could best suit the occasion.
Ask for Plans
Ask the company that you are hiring your stretch tent from for detailed plans of the marquee that you have chosen for your event. These can be used to meticulously design your lighting plan and will give you a definite indication of what type you need and how much the area will require. It is also the easiest way to evenly space any decorative hanging pendant lighting options and will ensure that you don’t miss any opportunity to light exposed beams or columns. It is also a good place to start when considering whether decorative lighting will be sufficient or if you will need to incorporate base lighting as well, which will be determined by the area size.
Match your Theme
If you are planning your wedding and have chosen a vintage garden theme for example, then a wistful romantic ambience is easily achieved through a number of different marquee lighting options. Backdrop fairy lights are a popular and transfixing option either as a curtain on a feature wall, often used behind the bride and grooms table at a wedding or as net lights along the walls which create a whimsical look. Curtain lights arranged as ceiling drapery, with several chandeliers dropped in the centre, creates a dramatically elegant effect.
For a birthday party-coloured LED lights are great festive mood-enhancers and can be used to influence an effect of an all-encompassing colour backdrop or to subtly enhance the theme by lighting up just one or two walls. Coloured lanterns are another popular lighting choice as these are fun and functional accessories and can be used to light pathways, create romantic lounging areas or to embrace nature hanging from the branches of surrounding trees.
Make the most of any exposed columns or beams which can be beautifully dressed with fairy lights or coloured LED lights and drapery. This creates natural features and adds contrasting height elements to the interior of the space.
An inspired idea is to choose accent lighting within your marquee to highlight certain areas like a bar, a food buffet, a display table for a wedding cake and of course, a dance floor. A few soft spotlights can be used to accentuate bar and food areas but if you have your sight set on creating a gentle romantic setting, then it may be a good idea to arrange a separate area for the dance floor. Once the party gets going you can light up the night with movement and energy without affecting the theme or mood of your main area.
Lead the Way
Exterior lighting is important too. Lead the way along the paths to the marquee and try and include at least a three metre lighting depth around the entrances. Discuss with your caterer whether any food or services need to be prepared outside and make sure there is sufficient lighting in an area for this if necessary.
Ensure that the tent material is made from specially designed fire retardant fabrics, which means peace of mind for you and your guests, should there be any electrical shortage or knocked over candles. Having said this, under no circumstances should anyone but a licenced electrician install the lighting in your event-tent, apart from obvious safety regulations that need to be adhered to, they are also well-equipped to wire an area without the hazard of tripping the entire venue.
Lighting a marquee or a stretch tent is an important aspect of décor planning, as the entire mood of your function will be determined by the type of lighting you choose. So be imaginative, let your creativity run wild and most importantly – have fun!