Good use of lighting can transform an ordinary event into a truly atmospheric and memorable one. The ambiance created by festoons or the magical sparkle of fairy lights indoors and out is an important part of your venue décor and should be included in the planning and budget for weddings and events.

If you are considering what lighting you’ll need, make sure you ask the venue about existing lighting and consider what you could use to complement that.   Here’s a few pointers if you are planning your wedding or event.

Festoons forever

Exposed marquee poles or beams can be turned into talking points to be admired simply by wrapping around fairy lights or draping lighting festoons along beams. The appeal of festoon lighting is not abating this season, if anything it has increased.  Whilst white/clear festoon lights are generally the pick for weddings, coloured festoon lights can really add to a carnival or fairground party atmosphere.


Festoon lighting is ideal for a relaxed or romantic look.

There is something of a retro, very romantic feel to festoon lighting and we recommend them for indoors or outdoors.  Waiheke Event Hire has long filament clear bulb festoon lighting or coloured bulbs available for hire.

Twinkling stars

Fairy lights are not just for Christmas and there is nothing as romantic as the starry effect of fairy lights. They are also versatile and flexible enough to be used almost anywhere including in trees, wrapped around structures or, in the case of curtain lights, as a backdrop to a ceremony or as cover for less naturally beautiful backdrops.

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Fairy lights might be all you need to turn an already stunning venue into a magical wonderland come nightfall.


 Lanterns to light up a party

Paper lanterns are a cost effective way to add texture, shape and an injection of colour to your wedding or event.  You could match your lanterns to your colour theme and be as bold or subtle as you want to. We often think of outdoor festivals when we think of lanterns, so there is an instant association with celebrations.


Lanterns say celebration no matter what colour, size or hanging arrangement.

Sculptural and decorative even when they are not lit during daylight hours, lanterns can be hung in strings, equally spaced for a formal look or they can be grouped together but with different colours, sizes and hanging at different lengths for a different kind of style. Colour matched to your theme, or all white, lanterns are a classic and romantic way to light your event.

For a quote on lighting for your wedding or event on Waiheke Island, contact us today.