As more people are choosing marquees to host their events, there are lots of things that you can do to take a blank space and create a beautiful setting, theme and ambience. Creating the right atmosphere can be achieved with good lighting and there are many options to choose from. A beautifully designed marquee will help make your event really special, whether you are hosting a wedding event, a corporate function or perhaps a milestone birthday. Here’s just a few ideas to use lighting in a creative way:

Decorative lighting

This type of lighting is an excellent choice and is available in a variety of forms including:

Fairy lights: Always a firm favourite, particularly at weddings. Although these lights are tiny there are a lot of them! They make a big impact in the marquee, particularly if you put them behind a lining or along the roof and around doorways.

Uplighters: An excellent way to add colour to your marquee. Placed on the ground they shine upwards, giving a wash of coloured lighting on the walls of the marquee.

Pin Spots: Attached to the centre ridge of the marquee pin spots can be shone to the centre of tables or on the roof to give a wash of light.

Festoon Lighting: These are larger bulbs and they can be suspended from the roof especially popular in our Canvas Marquee.

While it’s great to use decorative lighting in and around your marquee, don’t forget about practical lighting too. You want your guests to be able to see where they are going if your event runs into the hours of darkness. But what types of practical lighting can you use? Here are just a few ideas:

Chandeliers: Whilst guests are dining chandeliers give maximum light which can then be dimmed later in the day.

Festoon Lighting: Great for using outside and can be hung on fences or shepherds crooks.

Don’t forget about the outside of your marquee.  As darkness falls, you can use lighting to make the marquee a welcoming space and you can use lighting to emphasise certain areas or just to light the way. With strategically placed lighting you can create something really special. Garden Uplighters – Light up your trees and bushes to extend your party into the garden. Contemporary Garden Torches – Such an excellent way to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, a few strategically placed torches can really make all the difference. Good lighting is essential for your event, especially if part of it will start or finish at night. With some well selected lighting you can create the perfect atmosphere, whatever marquee event you are hosting.