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6 Lighting Types for Every Event

Updated: Apr 14, 2022

Lighting is a crucial element to any wedding or event. It has the ability to set the atmosphere, boost the ambiance, and enhances the aesthetic. With so many lighting styles available, it can be daunting to know where to begin. To take the pressure off, we have picked 6 various lighting types to inspire you when it is time to pick your style!

1. Romantic Lighting

For your event, we recommend using delicate lighting such as Twinkle or Fairy Lights and then drape them with fabric and flowers to romanticize your tent and create a magical look. Use timeless crystal chandeliers as a dance floor centerpiece and light the way for guests with lanterns along the pathways.

2. Vintage Lighting

There is no need to get lost in grandma's attic to find antique lighting and decor. Use Iron Lanterns, golden chandeliers with crystal detailing and simple string lights with small round bulbs to finish off the old-fashion theme. For a wow-factor, try floating a chandelier above your bar.

3. Rustic Lighting

To light up your venue with a rustic vibe, use string lighting, such as our Cafe Lights, covered with greenery for a charming countryside atmosphere. Put Twinkle Lights in mason jars to line the ceremony aisle and dark outdoor pathways for a rural look. You can also use Edison bulbs for dining areas and for a pop of color, we suggest pairing it with floral arrangements.

4. Modern Lighting

For a modern wedding, think geometric shapes and minimalist design. Opt for our golden Darby chandeliers, and consider adding LED lights to highlight simple floral decor. To spice up your design, use interesting gobo pattern lighting and create a special mood for your dance floor area.

5. Bohemian Lighting

Keep your venue lighting simple and elegant to emphasis on detailed and colorful Boho decor. Create a fairy lights tent for a magical starry night effect or hang an array of Leran Pendants to accent your bohemian setting.

6. Classic Lighting

Crystal and silver chandeliers are tried and true wedding lighting details which will never go out of style. Use an Empire Chandelier as a centerpiece above your lounge area or main tables and illuminate your venue with simple white Cafe Lights. For a soft glow, highlight your dance floor with classic Twinkle Lights.


Whether your event falls into one category or multiple, IES is here to light the way! Contact our innovative team today to begin planning your dream event!


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