You and Your Wedding April 2016

Wedding Magazine Article by Party Lights

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‘Party lights’ were pleased to be contacted by ‘you & your wedding’ magazine, to contribute to the lighting and effects wedding trending ideas for 2016/17.

Richard wrote the article, which can be viewed on the bottom right of the page.

For easier reading, please purchase the magazine or e-mail us for a PDF version.

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Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Venue

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Choosing a wedding venue used to simply be based on where you lived and the various venues available nearby. Now the search for your perfect wedding venue can take you far and wide. From the local village hall all the way across the world to a deserted tropical beach.


Various Wedding Venues


When choosing your wedding venue there are some important things to take into consideration, we recommend:

Thinking practically

A tropical island may seem appealing, but if your family and friends are unable to take time off work and travel across the globe then this may not be practical – (unless an escape is what you are after).

Visiting the venue

Make sure the venue lives up to pictures on the website. Visit the venue at the time of your wedding to check noise from traffic, the temperature of the room and the natural light available, this will help you to plan the rest of your day.

Choosing a Theme

Decide the feel/theme you would like at your wedding and choose a venue which can accommodate this. Choose your style early on and then choose a venue and decorations based on this. A quirky look with coloured lanterns maybe your style, or perhaps a more minimalist look with traditional warm fairy lights around the venue is what you’re after.

Finding out What You Need

Most often venues are able to supply the regular accessories you need for your wedding, including in house catering, table plan and table decorations. When you’re choosing event suppliers, ask the venue who has worked there before and who they would recommend for each task?

Your ‘event co-ordinator’ will be your contact before and possibly on the day of your wedding, (importantly they will have a history and direct dealings with these suppliers, will have seen their work and know how punctual and efficient they and their staff are) Many venues have a preferred suppliers list, this is partly to protect the venue from unscrupulous individuals who may damage the decoration, be unreliable, untraceable and uninsured.

Party Lights are listed under categories such as lighting hire, fairy lights, venue decoration and drape hire. We have worked very hard since 2002, to gain a first class reputation and are proud to be on many preferred supplier lists. And of course, most important for us is the incentive to continue to be the best, to ensure we remain on these lists for future bookings.

Asking Questions

‘there’s no such thing as a stupid question’ so ask anything and everything you can think of, from cost, capacity to what they are able to provide for your guests. The more questions you ask the more informed your decision will be for your special day.


Planning Your Dream Wedding

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Do you dream of your ideal wedding day? Or perhaps you are in the process of planning the big day?

Wedding planning is said to be one of the most stressful things that a couple go through, after buying and selling a house!

There are so many thing to think about so that they day runs smoothly for you and your guests.

Here are our top tips for the perfect wedding.

  1. Planning– lists, lists and more lists! The more meticulous your planning the more likely it is that your event will run smoothly. There are lots of apps which can help ensure that you’ve remembered everything and family, friends and professional wedding planners will always be willing to help you out and can take away some of the stresses.
  2. Preparing– have a few tricks up your sleeve! Ensure that everyone is organised and following a schedule so that you don’t have to worry about a thing on your big day. Using a board of some kind to display a schedule of the day can be a nice extra touch for your guests to view.
  3. The Essentials-there are some things which just can’t be forgotten- the venue, the dress and the cake. Pinterest is perfect for inspiration to bring together little touches that will make your day memorable.
  4. The Finishing Touches– Once the venue is sorted, invites have been sent and food and drinks arranged, it’s time to think of the finishing touches. Professional lighting adds a fairytale effect to your wedding, unique favour’s can make your wedding special and unusual activities and entertainment can top your special day off.

A fairy light canopy creates a magical and romantic atmosphere for your special day

5. Remember it– wedding days are exciting, emotional and pass by in a flash. Make sure you remember your wedding day with professional photography. Lighting by Party Lights enhances professional photography and our unique LOVE letter lighting makes the day memorable for guests.


LOVE lighting is memorable and unusual

However the day goes make sure you enjoy yourself and have a fantastic time with your closest family and friends.

Contact Party Lights for a lighting quote from your local branch.


Christmas is Coming

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It’s that time of year when we are surrounded by beautiful Christmas lights. Whether we are walking up your local High Street or driving home from work, it is impossible to miss the array of Christmas decorations and lights that are displayed.

In the last couple of weeks hundreds of people have gathered to witness the Christmas lights switching on across towns in the UK.

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Christmas is here


Unsurprisingly, here at Party Lights we also have a lot of Christmas lights, whatever the occasion.

We think Christmas lights add to the magic of Christmas. Whether you are staying at home or venturing to the North Pole, turning on the lights can increase the Christmas atmosphere to make 2014 the best Christmas ever.

We are sharing our lighting, so if you want to add some magic to Christmas in your home, office or at an event let Party Lights help you out this Christmas. Contact us for a free quote for lighting across the UK.


Lighting Up the Autumn and Winter

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At Party Lights we believe that outdoor lighting is important all your around to create an memorable and atmospheric event.

Here is our guide to the ultimate atmospheric lighting for your wedding or party:

The warm welcome

As the evenings get darker and the days get shorter your guests are likely to arrive at your reception in the dark. We have found that outdoor lighting such as lanterns, fairy lights and coloured up lights can transform the first impression that guests have of a venue. A well light building can show off the best and most attractive features making your guests welcome spectacular. A pathway made from lighting can also guide the way for your guests in a truly magical way.

Party Lighting can transform the appearance of a venue at night.

Party Lighting can transform the appearance of a venue at night.

Magical photos

Everyone want to to remember their wedding day for it’s romance and magical feel. Photos taken at dusk are romantic and atmospheric, and capture the romance of your fairytale wedding reception. We’ve seen beautiful photographs of wedding couples surrounded by paper lanterns as dusk falls display elegance and romance and create stunning photographs.

Leave with a bang

For weddings and celebrations during the winter there are often firework displays towards the end of the reception, and the bride and groom send off happens when the night has fallen. Photographs of these memorable activities will be enhanced with professional lighting outside the venue, it will also create a fantastic atmosphere for your wedding guests.

Lanterns and Fairy Lights look magical for weddings and parties.

Lanterns and Fairy Lights look magical for weddings and parties.

Whether you need lighting to enhance the inside or outside of your venue contact Party Lights for a quote and for party lighting recommendations.

Autumn and Winter Lighting Solutions

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Autumn is on the way, which means the evenings are getting darker and the nights are getting longer. Outdoor parties are replaced with indoor venues and standing outside for some air becomes a rather chilly affair! Here at Party Lights South West we don’t see the start of Autumn that as a bad thing.

We believe that a party atmosphere is not determined by the seasons but by the lighting (and of course good people, but we’ll leave that part to you.)

We are able to provide specialist lighting for indoor and outdoor events throughout the year. Our specialist lighting includes lanterns, fairly light canopy’s and LOVE Letter lighting. Our lighting comes in a range of styles and colours and can be used to enhance photography and create an unbeatable party atmosphere.


Lanterns and fairy light canopy’s demonstrating the impact great lighting can have.

Party Lights South West has a special offer for those of you organising an event in November. This typically dark month can be brightened with Party Lights South West who are offering a brilliant 20% off lighting for the whole month! Contact Dave to discuss your requirements and to arrange a quote.

A Spectacular Wedding at the 4 Seasons

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We have had the pleasure of taking our lighting to many beautiful venues across the country. One of the favorite venues we have attended is the beautiful 4 Seasons Hotel in Hampshire.

The 5 star Hotel is a historic Georgian Manor house based just outside London and is the perfect venue for a country wedding. The hotel has a heated indoor pool, equestrian centre and beautiful interior décor and bedrooms suites.

To make this venue even more breathtaking we provided our fairy light drape canopy for a wedding. The fairy lights added a magical feel to the wedding venue and the drapes make the venue feel even more intimate. The bride and groom were delighted with the atmosphere created by the intimate and fairytale feel the lights provided.

4 seasons

Once the lights were up, the tables laid and food and music at the ready the venue was prepared for the wedding guests. The guests enjoyed the romantic ambiance created by the lights and the subtle and soft lighting helped to enhance wedding photography so that the bride and grooms perfect day was captured in high quality photographs forever.

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