outdoor tent lighting ideas

15 Gorgeous Lighting Ideas for Outdoor Weddings

The right lighting can set the perfect mood for your wedding. An elegant chandelier over the dance floor will make your reception space feel like a royal ballroom, and a few strings of lights can turn a barn into an elegant, rustic reception space. But your lighting doesn’t have to stay inside. Take your celebration outdoors: Hang chandeliers from oak trees, drape lights over your ceremony arbor or string Edison bulbs above your reception tables. Whatever you choose, light the way to a beautiful celebration with any one of these outdoor lighting options.

1. Beachside Lights

Simple market lights will look beautiful draped across tropical tree limbs at your beachside reception.

2. Gold Chandeliers

Hang ornate gold chandeliers above banquet tables to give your outdoor tent the Midas touch.

Check out these outdoor lighting options that your wedding needs.

9 Awesome Party Tent Lighting Ideas To Pretty Up Your Next Outdoor Evening Event

What is the best thing about having an outdoor party tent for your event? Why, it is having custom lighting, of course! The Kingpin has known this for a long time, but few have seen the, er, light.

A party tent is like a blank canvas on which you can let loose your creative inclinations, and this can be applied most interestingly with your choice of lighting.

One of the most common of the outdoor tented parties today are weddings. Wedding tent lighting can be anything from fairy-like to cool jazzy, depending on your inclinations. Here are some of the Kingpin’s suggestions for you.

1. LED Tent Light


  • It’s environment friendly.
  • It’s super durable.
  • It’s long-lasting
  • It’s extremely versatile
  • It’s safe.

Your wedding tent can be festooned with length upon length of LED string lights along the perimeter and/or radiating from the center. You can choose bright white to mellow yellow, or you can choose something in the middle. LED lights can infuse your party with just the right mood. Here are some samples for you edification. Some pictures used fairy LED lights instead of string; you choose which you like better.

It can be sweet and simple…

…or over the top gorgeous!

You do not have to confine your LED string light use to weddings. They come in all shapes and sizes, so they are appropriate for any type of party tent lighting. Here are some samples:

Nice, right? Here are other tent lighting ideas that are just as awesome.

2. Bottled Lighting

They say a picture paints a thousand words. Check out this cool idea:

Can you picture your tent with these bad boys hanging all around? This is a great way to justify keeping all those old wine bottles and jars you keep around because they look cool, but you really don’t have any use for.

It’s like having lightning bugs in a bottle minus the cruelty. However, you should only use LED lights for these as they do not generate a lot of heat. You don’t want the bottles exploding in the middle of the party, do you?

You can also use glow-in-the-dark paint spatters, which would look best as a way to light the path to the party tent, like this one:​

3. Globe String Lights

You know those balls that you string around your house or on trees? They work just as well to fill your tent with lights. You can buy them or make them, it depends on how much time and inclination you have. These are some samples of what they can look like:

Globe lights can also double as decorations when it isn’t dark enough to see the lights, such as this one:

4. Tent Washes

For a dramatic effect, indirect lighting is always a good choice. Lights for tents can come from the sides going upward as well as overhead, and this can really work for corporate and press events where it is important to make a lasting impression.

Check out the tree branch motif at the back!

5. Candle Light

The Kingpin declares that there is nothing like candlelight to make outdoor tent lighting as glamorous as possible. Check this out:

You can augment the candlelight with tent wash lights on the sides and candelabras in the middle, but you can do pure candle light if you want. Just use more! Look below for more ideas on how to use candles for tent lighting.

6. Lanterns

It may be tempting to use actual gas lamps for a note of authenticity wedding tent lights, but it may not be the most practical idea for a tented party. For one thing, it can get really hot in its immediate vicinity. For another thing, it could run out of gas before the party is over. Lastly, it is expensive to buy what you need and probably hard to find, especially to rent. However, you can still have the lantern effect by using LED lanterns.

This would look awesome at night. The candles are actually LED bulbs. Notice the indirect tree silhouette lighting on the sides? Party tent lights can be a combination of different types of tent lights. LED lanterns are now also commonly used to provide a camping tent light source.

Blow your friends away with these awesome party tent lighting ideas for your next outdoor evening event! Give your guests the ambiance they deserve!