Fairy Light Hire for Weddings & Events
Stunning in photos, perfect for creating a warm and sparkling atmosphere and ideal for accentuating venue features like beautiful beams and high ceilings - fairy lights are enduringly popular whatever the wedding style or theme.
Fairy lights are incredibly flexible. They work beautifully along walls, pillars, beams, ceilings and outdoors. Ceiling fairy light installations are ideal for wow factor lighting and create an exceptional backdrop for photographers.
We supply lighting for weddings and events including all equipment hire, installation and removal.
Fairy Light Canopy Designs
Fairy Light Star
One of our most popular canopy designs is the fairy light star, where strands of lights radiate from a central point to other points around the barn walls. It works well in barns with a central point (such as a middle beam) but we also design stars with suspended centres for barns with an even number of beams.
Stars are popular because they can be combined with other design elements - such as a central chandelier, drapes or a cluster of paper lanterns, pom poms and honeycomb balls.
Strands suspended from the beam ends form a series of crosses along the barn. An excellent design when there are lots of beams as the effect looking down the barn is fantastic while being an efficient design to install, especially when the installation must be completed on the morning of the event.
Crossed strands works beautifully with fabric drapes, up and over drapes or lines of paper lanterns between the crosses for a perfect combination of sparkle and style.
Although sometimes time-consuming to install they offer a breathtaking level of sparkle which needs no other adornments.
Naturally suited to venues with balconies, this design is also ideal for barns with only two beams and also works well in larger venues where the large catenary curve of the canopy doubles as a stunning backdrop to photos.
They're one of the more traditional designs with lights hung over each beam in turn.
Ideal for venues with two balconies at opposite ends or can also be used in larger venues forming a large swag between a pair of beams.
Gathered canopies offer a fantastic combination of wow factor with greater install efficiency than a multi-swag by spacing the strands of lights closer together at the central fixing point(s) than at the ends.
Installed with either a single or double gather depending on the beam layout (single suits an odd number of beams, double is for even), this design is very popular due to the elegant shape it creates.
The double gather creates a bow shaped canopy with excellent coverage along a barn. The single gather creates a beautiful drop effect at the centre and can be used to good effect in long tithe barns.
Perfect for tithe barns with a row of pillars along one side only.
Curtains of lights, wound pillars and swags of lights bring sparkle and style. Where a ceiling canopy finishes at a wall or balcony, strands can be dropped down to the floor to create a backdrop.
For grain barns with pillars along the sides, lights can be wound around the vertical pillars with hanging lights swagged in between to accentuate the bays and the length of the barn.
Ceiling beams can be wound with lights, although from any given viewpoint only half of the lights will be visible (the other half being on the top or the far side of a beam). Winding beams can be a good option for low key lighting but canopies have a much greater impact.
Outdoors, fairy lights look fantastic wound around tree trunks, hung in trees, along balconies and under parasols.
Whether your barn wedding is rustic or formal, we can design fairy light canopies to suit your style and venue.
Explore our designs on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/oakwoodevents
A high quality installation begins with high quality lights. Fairy lights vary in brightness, density, hue, colour consistency and robustness - fairy lights suitable for dramatic ceiling lighting in a large event space like a barn are very different from the lights which would be suitable for a Christmas tree at home.
We use exceptional quality connectable lights that are denser and brighter than typical lightweight Christmas lights. This means they make an impact even in daylight and benefit from being dimmed later in the evening to transform the atmosphere for the evening reception.
LED bulbs are reliable and have low power consumption; we favour warm white lights for a golden, candlelit glow which is perfect for a romantic atmosphere and flattering to skin tones. We also have ice white lights which make an occasional appearance for winter wonderland events!
We design fairy light installations to complement the features of each venue, using the latest technology alongside our specialist experience to deliver canopies that are consistently even, level and make the most of the event space. Canopies have to look great from every angle so they look as good in photographs as they do in person.
Every canopy is custom designed to the space - the ideal size, drop, spread and layout will be determined by the venue size, beam spacing, number of beams, height, the venue's light fittings and any other permanent features in the space. Combining the wedding style with an appreciation of the venue layout gives the best quality outcome for any ceiling installation. We have specialist equipment to make the most of available fixing points and we pride ourselves on having the utmost respect for the stunning buildings in which we work. Our fixings are temporary, non-damaging and we're a trusted supplier to venues which are hundreds of years old and have listed status.
We hold PLI, PAT, electrical safety and working at height certification but more importantly we have a rigorous attitude to safety. All of our ladders, scaffold towers and specialist equipment are well maintained and the breadth of our experience means that we are preferred suppliers in the most prestigious venues who value safe, reliable and efficient installations. We are experienced in providing large on-the-day installations under time pressure and packing down with the minimum of fuss.
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I just wanted to write to say a big thank you for the fairy light star canopy that you installed at our wedding on Friday 30th October. The whole day was fantastic and we both had an amazing time.
The venue looked fabulous and the twinkling lights made it all the more magical, and that is all thanks to you at Oakwood Events.
Guests have all commented on how great it all looked and we will definitely be recommending you to family and friends in the future.