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wedding tent lighting inspiration

Lighting in a wedding tent is much more than a functional element; it sets the stage for the entire celebration, casting a glow on every beautiful moment. 

It's about striking the perfect balance between visibility and ambiance, ensuring every guest can navigate the space with ease while appreciating the intricate details that make your day unique.

Illuminate your wedding tent in a way that captures the essence of your special day. Leverage the tent's structure to display lighting elements, like draping lights along the center poles to brighten up the space from top to bottom. This approach not only ensures ample lighting for essential activities but also adds a decorative element. 

Consider these options to enhance your wedding's charm:

  • Soft, intimate lighting for a romantic dinner setting.
  • Dynamic, multi-colored lights to invite guests onto the dance floor.
  • Clear, bright lighting for clarity during key moments of the celebration.

Let your lighting choices reflect the joy and love of your day with these 11 options, creating an unforgettable atmosphere that resonates with every guest.

1. String Lights

clear wedding tent

Bistro lights, often known as string lighting, create a warm, inviting glow across your event space. Draping these lights around your pole tent's perimeter not only illuminates the entire area but also defines the event's boundaries. They're a charming addition, especially for outdoor settings. 

Pro tip: for outdoor events, we recommend opting for bistro lighting with plastic bulbs over glass to reduce the risk of breakage, keeping your celebration safe and worry-free.

2. Fairy Lights

Fairy lights are like little sparks of magic – more decorative than functional, but they add an enchanting touch to any setting. They're versatile and can be used as twinkling photo backdrops, elegant table runners, or magical entryway curtains. 

If your wedding theme leans towards a garden party or has a whimsical element, fairy lights are the perfect choice to sprinkle a bit of wonder into your celebration. 

3. LED Strip Lights

For those seeking a sleek look, LED strip lights are a fantastic choice. They offer a more defined, crisp lighting effect, making them ideal for modern wedding themes. Imagine these strips running along the frame of your tent, bathing your venue in a sophisticated glow. 

Many LED string lights come with a remote, allowing you to adjust the color and pattern to sync with your event's color scheme or theme. It's a modern twist that can truly elevate the ambiance of your wedding day. 

4. Lighted Paper Lanterns

tent decor paper lanterns

Paper lanterns bring a light and airy feel to your wedding tent lights. They come in an array of colors and sizes, allowing you to tailor them perfectly to your wedding's theme and color palette. Imagine these lanterns casting a dreamy glow, enhancing both the style and the décor of your special day. 

And the best part? Their lightweight design means they can be effortlessly suspended from the rafters of a keder tent, creating a canopy that adds to the romance of the occasion.

5. Candles: Fire or Flameless?

Candles are a classic choice for wedding lighting, known for adding a gentle, intimate light. They are particularly stunning when used in table centerpieces, casting a warm glow that enhances the dining experience. 

While our tents are crafted with flame-retardant fabric meeting NFPA 701-2 standards, for the sake of safety and ease, especially outdoors, we often recommend opting for flameless candles. They offer the same romantic ambiance without the worry, ensuring your celebration is both beautiful and safe.

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6. Classy Chandeliers

chandelier lighting in wedding tent

For a truly breathtaking impact, consider incorporating illuminated  crystal chandeliers. They're not just sources of light; they become a grand decorative feature, drawing everyone's gaze upward.

Pro Tip: If you're planning to hang a chandelier in your frame tent, we advise securing it to the steel fitting rather than the aluminum pole. This ensures a stable and safe installation, allowing the chandelier to safely illuminate your event and add an element of luxury and elegance.

7. Spotlight Key People & Moments

tent wedding spotlight

Spotlights are your secret weapon for highlighting those unforgettable moments at your outdoor wedding. They're perfect for gently guiding your guests' attention to the day's key events – like the grand entrance, bridal party speeches at the head table, and the first dance. 

By illuminating these special moments, spotlights ensure that your guests are fully immersed in the experience, ensuring they don’t miss a beat.

8. Table Lamps

Table lamps can function as both lighting and stunning centerpieces for your wedding. The right lamps can complement your event's theme, adding a unique touch to each table. For couples looking to add a personal, eco-friendly twist, consider thrifted lamps. 

Not only do they provide gentle, ambient lighting for your guests' dining experience, but they also reflect the unique style and personality of the happy couple, making each table a conversation starter.

9. DJ Booth Lighting

When it's time to dance, DJ booth lighting takes center stage! Multi-color lights create an energetic, inviting atmosphere that practically pulls your guests onto the dance floor. It's all about setting the mood for fun and celebration. 

And if your wedding theme allows for a bit of retro flair, consider adding a disco ball. Its reflective lights can transform your dance floor into a dazzling, dynamic space, adding an extra layer of excitement to your party.

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10. Illuminated Signs

illuminated sign for tent lighting

Adding lit signage to your wedding décor is a brilliant way to combine practicality with personal flair. These signs can serve dual purposes – guiding guests through different sections of your event and infusing the space with elements that tell your love story. 

Imagine a large sign with the couple's last name or a glowing heart as a centerpiece – it's not just a decor item, but also a fabulous backdrop for wedding photos, creating lasting memories for you and your guests.

11. Clear Tent and Sidewalls

clear wedding tent

For those who love the idea of natural lighting, clear tents are a dream come true. With their completely transparent tops, they invite the beauty of the outdoors in, allowing you and your guests to dine under the sky and stars. 

Pro Tip: Even if you choose a white top tent with 16 oz. blockout fabric for a bit of shade, incorporating clear sidewalls can be a wonderful compromise. They let in just the right amount of natural light, giving you the best of both worlds – protection from the elements and a view that keeps you connected with the beautiful surroundings of your venue.

Your 3 Wedding Tent Lighting Questions Answered

We understand that bringing light to outdoor events can be a complicated task, but we're here to simplify it for you. We've gathered the most frequently asked questions and provided straightforward answers to streamline your planning process.

Q: Where Should I Hang Tent Lighting?

A: For lightweight options like string lights or paper lanterns, tent poles are perfect for hanging. For heavier items such as disco balls, use the steel fitting on frame tents instead of aluminum poles to ensure optimal strength and safety.

Q: What If I Don't Have Access to Electricity?

A: No electricity? No problem! Battery-powered and solar-powered lights are excellent alternatives. They provide flexibility and ease of use, ensuring your event remains bright and inviting even without traditional power sources.

Q: How Much Lighting Is Needed for My Event Tent?

A: The amount of lighting required varies depending on your tent's size and event layout. It's important to ensure all areas of your tent are adequately lit. For tailored advice specific to your event's needs, feel free to contact our expert team for guidance.

The Perfect Lighting for Your Unforgettable Tent Wedding

pole tent with string lighting for wedding

As you select lighting for your tent, envision how it will enhance the mood and ambiance of your special occasion. Whether it's:

  • A warm, intimate backyard wedding ceremony.
  • An all-encompassing day-to-night event, from vows to celebration.
  • A grand wedding reception set against a stunning scenic backdrop.

At American Tent, we're more than just tent manufacturers; we're creators of unforgettable event experiences. Located in the Midwest, every tent we craft is made with care and precision, ensuring swift delivery in time for your event.

Lighting isn't just about visibility; it's about shining a spotlight on your celebration. We use only the finest materials, like 16 oz. blockout vinyl and robust 1000 denier fabric, coupled with anodized aluminum poles to guarantee rust resistance. This attention to quality ensures that your tent is not only a shelter but a partner for countless cherished events.

And if your vision requires something uniquely tailored, we've got you covered. From custom sizes that fit your event space like a glove to specialty fabric colors and personalized printing options – we're here to bring your unique event story to life.

Unsure of what exactly your event needs? No problem. 

Our team of experts is just a phone call away, ready to provide you with guidance and insights. Reach out to us at 920-431-0938 for professional advice that illuminates your path to an extraordinary event. 


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Tony Ehrbar

Owner & CEO

Tony's entrepreneurial spirit is woven into the fabric of American Tent (an Inc 5000 company), shaped by his experience running a successful event venue & tent rental service. His recognition as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 is a testament to his impact & dedication to his community. As the Co-founder and CEO of Renegade Plastics, Tony is leading initiatives in the tent industry to integrate eco-friendly, recyclable materials. Contributing as a board member for the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) & the Green Bay Area Public Schools Foundation and being featured by Entrepreneur, Oracle, & Modern Weddings, Tony plays a pivotal role in enhancing the growth and success of the textile industry.

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