June 6, 2012
“Will you marry me?”
Those are the words that every young girl dreams about hearing when they are role or fantasy playing in their princess dresses and doll houses. Many young girls dream about their weddings…the dress they want to wear, the flowers they want to carry and display, the cake they want to cut into, the words they want to say to their soon-to-be-spouse.
One thing that doesn’t usually sit top-of-mind when dreaming about weddings is the lighting that can be used, especially if the wedding ceremony or reception extends into the evening and night hours, after dark. There are many options for brides and grooms as they think about the romantic ambiance they want to create for themselves and their guests. Lighting, in the bigger picture, is rather important, especially if a certain mood is desired for the big event.
The absence of lighting when planning an event is also true for fundraising galas, corporate gatherings, and special events such as graduations, milestone birthday celebrations, and anniversaries.
Fairy lights, also known as twinkle lights, are typically used at Christmas time. They are the little, white LED bulbs that hang in strings on trees and houses. The term is typically used in the United Kingdom and Australia to refer to what Americans call “Christmas lights”.
These strings of small lights can be used in many ways to decorate event sites. Hosts and hostesses can wind them around tree branches and chairs, use them at the bottom of vases to light up their centrepieces, or place them behind a piece of fabric overhead or in a corner to create a magical, ambient glow. Some stylists have wound the lights around arches and structures set up around the event site.
Similar to fairy lights, are seed lights. These are much smaller, about the size of a grain of rice, and lend themselves to being used in floral arrangements and the like where a small amount of delicate lighting is required.
Submersible LED Lights
Some brides and grooms use submersible LED or vase lights. These lights give the vase an ambient, colourful glow on each table. Stylists have also used them in their napkins as well to light up their tables.
Colourful LED or vase lights can be used to create the mood or ambiance of the event. Different colours provoke different moods from guests, setting the tone. Shades of red will often raise the level of energy in a room. If the event is a huge celebration filled with excitement, red is the colour to use as it raises blood pressure and heart rate, but can be irritable for some. Similarly, orange is also a high-energy color. Blue shades, on the other hand, bring down blood pressure and heart rate, and should be used for calmer, more romantic events. The most pleasing colour to the eyes is green and it helps people feel calm and wind down. Purple, in its darkest hues, brings a mysterious feel to the room. At its lightest, purple brings about a relaxing feeling.
LED lights are ideal for events because they don’t require stylists to hide wires, worry about the hazards of wires hanging all over the place, and best of all, they no longer have to worry about finding an outlet to plug in lights. The beauty of LED lights lie in the fact that they run on batteries, thus preventing fires from flaring up during an important event.
Ambiance can also be controlled at event with the use of up-lighting. The soft glows around the perimeter of the room as well as on the ceiling can bring a warm feeling to an otherwise cold room. Up-lighting is simply the placement of lights that point upward and can be placed throughout the room. Stylists have used up-lighting under tables, behind sheets and screens, at the bottom of posts, along walls, and in plant pots located around the room.
To Be Considered…
There’s a reason why people take great care in designing the lighting in restaurants, hotels, and other places where many people gather. Although it may seem rather trivial when planning a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, or fund-raising event, but lighting can really affect the mood and ambiance and provide people with a warmer place to gather. Psychologically, people react to light, putting them in certain mind-sets as they go about their days or evenings. So, as a word of advice to hosts and hostesses who are in the process of planning their events…have you considered the lighting for your upcoming extravaganza?
New to our hire range
What could be better for a beach themed wedding or enagement than this replica of the Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes
Can accommodate up to 200 cards and envelopes and comes with a locakable door on the back to access your cards
Height to roof top: 40cm
Card Slot 18cm x 1.5cm
Weight – 8kg (very strong sturdy design)
3 TIER PRESENT BOX CARD KEEPER
Wooden Present Box Card Keeper
This white wooden card keeper is perfect for all occasions; engagement parties, 21st birthdays, housewarmings, parties and weddings.
This gorgeous design has 3 tiers and is finished with a satin and ribbon in your choice of colours. Secured with a lock
Embellish with Butterfly’s or Birds to match in with your theme
Dimensions – 45cm high x 43cm x 30cm (holds 300 cards)
Congratulations on your wedding today,
It’s been a pleasure working toward today with you.
We wish for you both the best in life as you both look forward to a shared future of love,
friendship, and the wonderful closeness that is marriage xx
and The TappaNappa Team
Jess & Simon
It’s your wedding day already! We are so excited for you both and hope you have a magical wedding day. May your marriage be full of love laughter and a friendship that carries you through your life together. Wish we were there
To the Forza and Strano families, congratulations and we hope today is the best for you all!
All Our Love
Julia and Chris xxx
Just in time to celebrate the New Year or any other special occasion: Martha Stewart shows us how to build a Champagne Tower
Wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year
Love the TappaNappa Team xx