Month: March 2017

lighting tips

Party lighting tips from an event manager

Event planning and designing

My role as an event manager is often challenging, enterprising and creative. Often, clients expect me to come up with out of the world themes and ideas to lend that unique appeal to the whole event. Admittedly, most people are organising these events at infrequent intervals, and they expect the memories to linger on.

Some clients who come to me, do a lot of homework on lighting hire for the parties and have specific themes and ideas on how the event should be organised. If you thought these are the easiest of clients to deal with, you could be wrong. These customers have pictured their game with great details, and I should read their mindset and ideas to bring out the best of my creativity and make them happy. On the other hand, when I am asked to plan the event from scratch, I enjoy a lot of freedom to mix and match different plans.

On that note, let us examine some of the party lighting ideas in different settings.

String lights

Decorative LED string lights are a very modern means of lighting up different event nights. String lights afford a significant level of flexibility and can be used as a medium of accent lighting or primary lighting. In outdoor settings, the entire space can be covered with zigzag strings providing a soft and festive look. Where the venue has plenty of trees or natural foliage, these strings of lights can be dangling from the branches giving the eye-catching appeal. They are widely used in the white night event in Melbourne. The city lighted up for the stunning festival.

In indoor settings or tents, strings radiate from the external surface from a central vantage point making it functional as well as attractive. Another option would be to use the string lights for creating a canopy of colourful lights. String lights are available in a wide array of lengths, bulb options, and socket spacing. Depending on the event, the size of the venue and other details, you can also choose string lights of commercial grade or Vintage Edison variants.

Combining paper lanterns with string lights

Combining paper lanterns with string lights is another beautiful way to bring your event venue to life. Paper lanterns have a high degree of adaptability, and you can bring out all your creativity with shapes, sizes and colours. Paper lanterns present unique looks when they are grouped in clusters or deployed sparingly for a minor accent. The traditional method of using paper lanterns is to hang them overhead. But try using them as centrepieces to decorate your cake table or other parts of the event that you want to highlight or add a pop of colour. To get the best out of these, your imagination is the only limiting factor.


Party laser light

LED Balls and Cubes

LED Balls and Cubes stands among other speciality lighting options to add the added WOW factor to any events. This option also allows you to choose between static colours or alternating cycles of multiple colours. You will also have the choice of deploying it as decorative accents or functional lighting. The waterproof character of LED balls gives you another opportunity to let loose your creativity around pools, water bodies or even makeshift tubs or other similar containers. Lighting is a crucial part of most events planned for after dusk hours, and a well thought out lighting plan will add glitter to your event.

Fairy lights

You can enhance any décor or centrepiece with the magical spell of twinkle that fairy lights bring along. The perfect economical solution to add lighting to nearly every event is the fairy lights operating on batteries. The flexible wire that comes with the fairy lights gives you the ability to wrap them around, twist them around table embellishments or even bend them to go into lanterns or jars to bring in the best of your creativity. Fairy lights always can be a good choice for your children’s function venue. Find more on kid’s gathering sites.

Mini Lights LED

If you are looking for an economical solution to light up your event, you should choose the LED mini lights. These low wattage lights allow you to connect multiple sets safety making them the perfect choice for wrapping around columns, shrubs or trees. They can also perform as great accent lighting and outlining windows or beams.

Light bases

LED light bases constitute another option to provide accent lighting. These are small stands capable of casting large-scale lighting perfect to emphasise table décors like a vase, centrepiece or ice sculptures. When used under tables covered with linen they provide a dramatic under-lighting which can also be tuned in with the colour scheme for the event. You have great flexibility in customization with this type of light bases in a broad range of colour schemes to achieve a dynamic display.

Submersible Floralytes

When your thoughts gravitate towards illuminating centrepieces from within, submersible floralytes constitute a great option. Your floral arrangements can be accented by adding these lights to clear vases or used in combination with a champagne fountain to bring about that dynamic and eye-catching effect. Submersible lights also present a sophisticated and moody vibe when they are submerged in clear vases which are filled with transparent beads. Floralytes can be sourced in static colours or colour changing variants to achieve perfect coordination with your décor.

Flower Lights

This is, in fact, another variation of string lights and can be a great addition to present a unique festive look. Positioning them at vantage points where your guests come up close and get a close look to understand that these are no ordinary lights will further enhance the effort. Flower lights are ideal for lighting up the gift table at weddings, or the cake table, etc. When deployed with some thought, you are sure to get the attention of your guests who will appreciate the touch of class.

This is but a representative list, and when you get down to the task of lighting up your events, there can be a sea of other options. What is important is the amount of homework that goes into the planning, maybe with the help of a professional like me, or with help from the digital world.