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Wedding Fair 2019 Season Preparation

We are at the beginning of the wedding fair season 2019! I know how intimidating these events can be.  All those suppliers waiting to pounce on you, ready to tell you how perfect their products will be for your day.  This is all very daunting and Brides and Grooms need to go in prepared.  So I have prepped this blog post to help you make the most out of wedding fairs and extract what you need from suppliers prior to stepping foot into the gauntlet!

Plan what you want included in your day

Planning a wedding?  – if your anything like me, the list of services available leaves me dumbfounded.  Everyone is different and each couple needs to decide what they want from their day.  I recommend a brainstorm.  Forget budget at first just smash a list out of what will make your day about you.  After all, it’s your wedding and every inch of it needs to scream that it is!

Always bear in mind the season your getting married in and plan appropriately for this.  There is no point having a barbecue for winter wedding!

Wedding Fair 2019 Dreamwave Events, Dreamwave DJ's, Dreamwave Lighting hire, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk

Image Credit – Emily Fae

Prioritize

So, you have written down everything you want.  Now its time to out them in order of what is realistically doable and affordable for you.  After all, you don’t want to be paying for your wedding for the rest of your time on this earth.  If your in a position that you have enough for everything you want, that’s great! But make sure you don’t have any regrets of what you have spent your hard earned cash on.

Set a Budget

This will be a guide to what you can achieve for your day and will help keep you reined in.  It is so easy to over spend and at the same time important to have an clear idea of your wedding day dream so you can get as close to its reality without over stretching.  Remember stay grounded!

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Image Credit – Ross Dean

Do your own Research

Personal Recommendation, is in my opinion, the best way to find a good supplier.  It gives you re-assurance that they are competent in what they do and deliver a great service!  But on top of this, do your own research online, in wedding magazines and look at reviews.  Prepare questions you wish to ask the wedding experts.

Know the Wedding Suppliers who are Attending the Wedding Fair

Prior to going to a wedding fair, make sure you know what suppliers are attending.  You know what you want on your wedding day and have completed your research and now know who you wish to speak to.  The next step is to ask the suppliers at the wedding fairs how to achieve your goals.  Remember only attend the wedding fairs that suit your style.

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Image Credit – Jim Davidson

Wedding Fair Action

You are now prepared to enter a wedding fair.  What is great about wedding fairs is that you will get some great ideas that supports your wedding vision, which is awesome.  Don’t rush, this is your opportunity to speak to the experts in their field and determine if they are the right supplier for your wedding day.  The temptation is to get carried away.  Take away the information and contact details that is relevant to you.

Look for the supplier who is on the same wavelength as you.  Immediately discard the tacky quintessential services and find the companies who “think outside the box”, who is fresh and inspirational.  They need to listen, gauge your personality and find your quirks that will make your day that little bit different and more importantly “yours”. … A company like Dreamwave Events for artistic, stimulating lighting and décor options.

Remember when speaking to wedding suppliers there is always room for negotiation.  But beware – don’t always go for the cheapest price.  In my experience you nearly always find there is a reason why they are cheaper.  Make sure you read the fine print and make sure there are no hidden costs and everything is included that you need.

But do you know what makes a cracking wedding (and what every wedding needs) is the best entertainment you can find.  Of course, I am biased in what I consider the best wedding entertainment available in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk (basically East Anglia!)  Read more about fantastic evening entertainment for your wedding here.

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Finally…….Be Organised

A life saver for me when organising my wedding, was setting up our own wedding email.  Myself and my now husband both had access and information about our day did not get lost in translation amongst our other online commitments.  This truly helped with keeping everything separate and clear making the whole planning process far less stressful.

Another tip is to create a methodical wedding day spread sheet of services, suppliers, costs, when balances are due, details required etc.  It can all become over-bearing, especially in the couple of months leading up to your day.  You will be thankful of this.  Trust me!

 

Want to find out more……

Dreamwave Events are the experts in DJ wedding entertainment, lighting and décor in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.  Drop us a line to discuss your ideas in more detail.  Alternatively, you can find us at the following wedding fairs this year:

You only get married once.  Enjoy it! We look forward to seeing you!!!

 

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Featured Image Credit – Gemma Giorgio

Dreamwave Events enter supplier partnership with Easton Grange Wedding Venue

Coming together is just the beginning; 2019 is the start of our supplier partnership providing lighting and decor rental services as well as exclusive Dreamwave DJ’s recommendations at Easton Grange wedding and events venue.  I feel that with our new business union, working together, can only lead to success.

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Easton Grange Wedding and Event Venue

Easton Grange in Suffolk is a luxurious barn wedding venue available for exclusive hire for the day or whole weekend.  Complete with on-site accommodation, knowledgeable and friendly staff along with the combination of stunning grounds and spacial functionality.   It’s specifically designed in mind to welcome a fantastic wedding, no matter the weather.  An Easton Grange wedding can only mean an incredible day is to be had.

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Dreamwave Events and Easton Grange Wedding Venue Working Together

We were approached by owners, Ali and Sian Kerr in late 2018.  Their aim is to not only provide a luxury barn wedding setting that stands out as one of the best, but also to unite with suppliers that share their vision.  Having heard of Dreamwave Events through our professional reputation and high level of service, they contacted us see what we could do.  We jumped at the chance of working with this amazing wedding venue and the team, knowing that we can do great things there. We are excited to be in partnership sharing the same goals.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to work closely in partnership with Easton Grange, sharing their passion in offering professionalism and quality to brides and grooms in the year we embark celebrating a decade in the Wedding Sound and Lighting business”

Co-Director, David Drane

Easton Grange Wedding Venue Suffolk

Lighting Hire Rental Services we can Offer at Easton Grange Wedding and Events Venue

We plan to offer bespoke lighting concepts at Easton Grange with full planning, consultation and design services available on request.  Our expert team will be liaising closely with the team to create custom lighting hire packages.  These will be specifically devised to complement the venue, working to produce our new brochure that is to be expected in 2019.  Our brochure will be showcasing popular lighting concepts; including feature festoon lighting to modern hanging lamps alongside in demand fairy lighting arrangements.  We plan to produce both indoor and outdoor lighting hire packages, making sure clients make the most of the stunning grounds available.

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DJ Entertainment Services at Easton Grange Wedding and Events Venue

Easton Grange lends itself as an awesome wedding entertainment space.  Dreamwave DJ’s will be exclusively recommended and every client can expect a top-end service from the start of the booking process through to having an experienced DJ on the night with the skill to connect with the audience and give a personalised entertainment experience.

Whether you’re looking for an evening DJ  for a cracking party or a Cocktail DJ for your drinks reception period, we know we can provide a bespoke first-class service at Easton Grange.

 

Easton Grange Wedding Venue Suffolk

Working Together

Dreamwave Events are close to celebrating our 10th year working within the wedding industry.  We are committed to be providing a client focused service for both lighting hires and DJ entertainment. Through the passion and drive of our dedicated team we are able to deliver the vision and desired overall look of the clients.  We are so looking forward to working with Easton Grange and going far, together.

 

 

Jingle All the Way – Festive Lighting Rental Installations

I’m dreaming of a well lit Christmas with lots of twinkly fairy lights and wondrous lighting effects.  Seems like dreams do come true!  The Dreamwave Lighting team bought gifts of snowflake effects, cascading fairy lights and ice blue festive lighting for the season.

First Site in Colchester, “Christmas in Lights” Festive Lighting

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We were approached by First Site in Colchester to install Christmas lighting for the main room function space ready for their Christmas Parties 2018.  We created their desired effect using Up-lighters for a “block-wash”of colour, snowflake shakes for added impact and overhead dimmable warm glow fairy lighting in a crossed design.

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Wivenhoe House – “Arctic Christmas” Festive Lighting

Up-lighting, artificial white Christmas trees with warm glowing fairy lights, whimsical fairy lit backdrops with snowflake effects and gobo projections along with an icicle lit bar area are among the effects positioned at Wivenhoe House for their Christmas party season 2018.  The lighting has set the scene for being the winter wonderland party central.  With one of our Dreamwave DJ’s providing the entertainment, you are guaranteed a night of festive cheer.

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Woodford Green – Festive Fairy Lighting Install

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Our collaboration with Festive Lights as one of their approved installers led us to provide a festive lighting arrangement for Woodford Green Amenity Group.  We used ice white fairy lighting that we tightly wrapped around the tree trunk and positioned within its’ branches.

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Want a Festive Lighting Installation for Christmas 2019?

With Christmas nearly upon us, we will be scarily starting to take booking for Christmas next year! Whether you need a Christmas party DJ or Professional festive lighting effects, you definitely need to contact our expert team to discuss you ideas and bring them to fruition.

The Perks of Bruisyard Hall Wedding Fair 2019

See Bruisyard Hall dressed in all it’s wedding day glory on 27th January for Bruisyard Hall Wedding Fair 2019.  The opportunity doesn’t often arrive to view this breathtaking venue at the weekend.  It quickly gets snatched up by prospective Brides and Grooms.

The day begins at 11am and ends at 3pm and if you would like to attend, you need to pre-register online.

Bruisyard Hall Wedding Fair 2019 – The Wedding Venue

Bruisyard Hall is a magnificent 14th century country house nestled in 700 acres of Suffolk countryside.  A small intimate wedding is perfect within the idyllic setting of the house, holding up 24 people.  The venue is also set up for larger scale affairs at the impressive refurbished barn.  Nearest and dearest can then retreat back to the luxurious accommodation within the house after enjoying tantalizing cuisine and dancing the night away to tunes played by one of our elite Dreamwave DJ’s.

“Our wedding fair provides an opportunity for us to share the warmth and character that resonates from this magnificent estate as our guests mingle with suppliers and enjoy making plans for their special day.”

Alan Sabol, General Manager

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Hanging Pendant Lamps at Bruisyard Hall

Dreamwave Lighting Hire – Exclusive Recommended Supplier – Bruisyard Hall Wedding Fairy 2019

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We have a close working relationship with the team at Bruisyard Hall.  A selection of our lighting services will be installed for Bruisyard Hall Wedding Fair 2019.  As the exclusive recommended supplier for lighting design installations, our professional and experienced organisation can install our pre-devised lighting arrangements.  These can be selected from our specially designed lighting brochure for Bruisyard Hall.  Alternatively we can compose custom layouts if preferred.

 

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Dreamwave DJ’s – Recommended Supplier – Bruisyard Hall Wedding Fair 2019

Everyone wants their evening party to be a huge hit.  Whether you want a classic wedding party; a modern, funky alternative; or your own twist, we will make this happen! Our DJ’s will make sure you have a fab party by using their wealth of experience to read the dance floor and keep it full whilst playing the style of music you want.

Before you come and speak to us, take a look at our specially designed brochure of our DJ Services for Bruisyard Hall.

Marquee Festoon Lighting – Eggington House

The journey of creativity is never ending.  We were very excited to be approached again by wondrous wedding planner, Katrina Otter, to provide marquee festoon lighting at the unique 17th century manor, Eggington House in Bedfordshire.   We love collaborating with Katrina and forming fabulous ideas for wedding lighting and decor as one of her go to suppliers.  Lisa and Tom’s day was no exception to the rule.

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Image Source – Rebecca Goddard Wedding Photography

Focus Feature with our Marquee Festoon Lighting

The whole marquee together with the quintessentially English setting looked simply stunning.  So much so that it caught the attention of renowned Coco Wedding Venues to feature in their popular blog.

“remember that it really isn’t just a day, it’s a wedding journey and you have to enjoy it all. It is such a special time.”

– Lisa (Bride)

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Image Source : Rebecca Goddard Photography

 

I know that Lisa and Tom had a few bumps in the road leading up to their day (like most couples planning a wedding), but they took everything in their own stride and had complete faith in their suppliers to deliver.  I think the end result in the photographs speak for themselves, don’t you?

 

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Image Source: Rebecca Goddard Wedding Photography

Dreamwave Events’ Lighting Rental Hire – Marquee Festoon Lighting

Happiness looks gorgeous on Lisa, so we enjoyed making her smile!  We provided black cable droplet festoons with a mixture of warm glow vintage and geometric lamps hung in an asymmetric design from the marquee structure.

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Image Source: Rebecca Goddard Photography

Our custom created marquee festoon lighting gave a reason for their wedding guests to stare.  The geometric lamps gave a touch of contemporary whilst the vintage hanging lamps nodded to the traditional; both providing the jaw-dropping impact on arrival and then leading into the evening creating desirable ambiance with their dimmable glow.

“the festoon lighting was a great investment and something I’d definitely recommend.”

– Lisa (Bride)

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Image Source: Rebecca Goddard Photography

 

I have listed the suppliers who all contributed massively to Lisa and Tom’s day and presented the marquee to it’s full potential:

Venue: Eggington House

Wedding Planner: Katrina Otter Weddings

Photographer: Rebecca Goddard Photography

Videographer: Reellovefilms

Drinks: Bubbles Bros.

Wedding Cake: Seventh Heaven

Florist: Swaffham and Fakenham Florist

Musician: Eight Ray Music

DJ: The Wedding Smashers

Décor and signage: The Little Lending Company

Furniture: Classic Crockery Event Hire

Lighting: Dreamwave Events

Tableware: Duchess & Butler and Hélène Millot

Stationery: Emily & Jo

 

Marquee Wedding Venue Eggington House Bedfordshire

Image Source: Rebecca Goddard Photography

 

If you would like to chat wedding lighting, contact us direct for a consultation.  But before you do, my blog post on what information we need to fulfill your lighting enquiry is definitely worth a read.

A Focus with Photographs – Carmela Weddings

When you think of the words modern and luxury, you think Carmela Weddings.  She is all that represents authentic style using current trends whilst incorporating the timelessness of traditions.  We have had the pleasure of working alongside Carmela Weddings at a number of events.  She approached us last year to take part in her planned photo shoot.

“We brought in the innovative Dreamwave events to create a hanging lighting installation that created a show stopping juxtaposition”

– Carmela Weddings

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Image Credit – Benjamin Wheeler; Lighting- Dreamwave Events

Carmela Weddings- Stylish and Modern

Carmela Weddings strive to lead the way in modern wedding trends.  With this shoot, she; with the help of her suppliers, achieved her balance of contemporary style with timeless traditional elements.

 “As a modern wedding planner, we know how to respect current trends and keep things relevant, but we still needed to ensure the shoot embraced a timeless aesthetic. We wanted to introduce design elements from eclectic sources such as fashion and popular culture to compliment our fundamental belief that real style never goes out of fashion!”

– Carmela Weddings

 

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Image Credit – Benjamin Wheeler; Lighting- Dreamwave Events

 

“Your brand is a gateway to your true work.  When you create a compelling brand you attract people who want the promise of your brand – which you deliver.” (Dave Buck).   I believe Carmela Weddings have created an authentic branding here that truly reflects their company vision.  These photos tell the story that I am fundamentally failing to put into words to justify their exquisite design that ooze sophistication.

 

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Image Credit – Benjamin Wheeler; Lighting- Dreamwave Events

Luxurious Wedding Lighting

Our expert lighting design technicians worked closely with Carmela Weddings and Florist, Emma Soulsby, to create an effect that worked and complimented the atmospheric details of the shoot.  I think we came up trumps!  We put together an inspiring structure of our hanging pendant lamps integrated into Emma’s fabulous florals.  Our mood setting lighting design elements were installed above the dining area at the shoot; gently illuminating the models during their portrait shots with our additional set lighting used to enhance aspects of their surroundings.

Re-Create the Look

Lighting Hire and Design – Dreamwave Lighting

Photo-shoot Design – Carmela Weddings

Photography – Benjamin Wheeler

Florist – Emma Soulsby

Stationary – BettyLou Designs

Bride Attire (Sleek Jumpsuit) – Lenka’s Bespoke Bridalware

Cake – Labelle Cake Company

Furniture – Wedhead

Tableware – Couvert Hire

Make Up – Mel Kinsman

Hair – Love Hair by Lou

Event Stylist –  Raspberry Bespoke Events

 

Armistice Ball 2018 – Praising what is lost, makes remembrance dear

On Saturday 10th November 2018, The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall was dressed for the occasion to celebrate the 100th anniversary milestone of Armistice.  The amazing charity event raised an incredible £27,000 for ABF soldiers charity during Armistice Ball 2018.

Dreamwave Events’ Part to Play

Being fabulous friends with the Milsoms Group, we had to be involved in Armistice Ball 2018!  As well as donating our Evening DJ Service as a charity Auction Prize; one of our show stopping Dreamwave DJ’s delivered a party to remember along with the Band of the Army Air Corps during the evening’s escapades.

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Preparation for Armistice Ball 2018

Preparations began days before with all the suppliers working together to make it a night to remember with stunning aesthetics! Our Dreamwave lighting technicians produced a jaw-dropping geometric hanging pendant lamp arrangement creating a key focal point during the event.

Dreamwave Events also provided full sound production for the event along with poignant gobo projections and a masterful illumination of the First World War bi-plane from Stow Maries Airfield creating a key central feature using our high quality up-lighting.

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The Evening Event of Armistice Ball 2018

replica First World War bi-plane from Stow Maries airfield auction charity event

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We joined director, Paul Milsom and all the guests for a 2 minute silence during dinner.  Whilst eating, guests were entertained by the acapella group The Testostertones and the Downton Abbey Dancers, before a charity auction.

 

 

The leading donation was the replica of the Royal Enfield Pegasus 500 motorbike the Flying Flea that made up £10,000 of the total of contributions

A fantastic evening was had by all and we look forward to the next event at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall.

 

Wilderness Reserve Wedding Lighting – Chase the Vision

Wilderness Reserve is a wedding estate in Suffolk where your wedding memories will last a lifetime.  The inspiring setting within hundreds of acres of parkland, lakes and woodland offers the perfect English country house venue.  Our Wilderness Reserve Wedding Lighting offers the perfect accompaniment to it’s features and it certainly made an impact when it was hired for the whole weekend with the talented wedding planner, Michelle, from Pocketful of Dreams organising the event.

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Wedding Planning and design: Pocketful of Dreams @pocketfulofdreams
Photography: David Jenkins Photography @davidjenkins75
Venue: Wilderness Reserve @thisiswilderness

 

With the option of the whole state available exclusively for hire, Wilderness Reserve presents itself as the ideal wedding venue for a more extravagant event.  With this in mind, Michelle’s clients made the choice of hiring the estate from Friday to Sunday making use of all it’s splendor!

 

Wedding Breakfast Dining Wilderness Reserve Suffolk Dreamwave Events

Wedding Planning and design: Pocketful of Dreams @pocketfulofdreams
Photography: David Jenkins Photography @davidjenkins75
Venue: Wilderness Reserve @thisiswilderness

What Dreamwave Events Provided:

Wilderness Reserve Wedding Lighting Provided

We were asked to provide a vast selection of external wireless up-lighting throughout the grounds of this stunning wedding venue.  Pathways and large trees were illuminated to enable wedding guests to freely walk around the estate after dusk.  Further to this, our popular festoon lighting was hired to distinguish the BBQ dining area.

 

Festoons BBQ Dining Area Outside External Wilderness Reserve Wedding Lighting Hire Venue Suffolk Dreamwave Events

Wedding Planning and design: Pocketful of Dreams @pocketfulofdreams
Photography: David Jenkins Photography @davidjenkins75
Venue: Wilderness Reserve @thisiswilderness

Wilderness Reserve Audio Equipment Hire

We provided a portable speaker for the clients audio inputs to use by the pool, around the estate and during their ceremony.   We arranged a band PA system as requested along with one of our highly skilled Dreamwave Sound Technicians to mix and control during their performance.

 

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Wedding Planning and design: Pocketful of Dreams @pocketfulofdreams
Photography: David Jenkins Photography @davidjenkins75
Venue: Wilderness Reserve @thisiswilderness

Wilderness Reserve Wedding Lighting Hire

I have to say, for me, Wilderness Reserve is a place that I would love to get married (should I feel the urge to do it all over again!).  I highly recommend paying them a visit.  Should you fall in love with it, you will definitely need some lighting and decor to make the most of the amazing grounds.  We have worked there many times and are the recommended suppler for our services.

Contact us for more details.

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If you liked the look of any other features of this wedding, here’s the full supplier list:

Brides Dress: Rime Arodaky @rimearodaky

Marquees: Academy Marquees @academymarquees

Catering: Julie Abbs catering @trisabbs

Bar service: Cellar 27 @cellar_27

Videography: Storycatchers @storycatchersfilms

Welcome event florals: (Friday evening only) @figaandco

Wedding florals (Saturday): Swallows and Damsons @swallowsanddamsons

Tableware (Glasses and charger plates): @whitehouse_crockery

Lighting: @dreamwaveevents & @crescent_moon_events (Marquee Chandeliers)

Sound technicians & Pallet backdrop: @dreamwaveevents

Marquee lounge furniture: @crescent_moon_events

Dining furniture: @angliaelite

Napkins: @cmahire

Decor Hire: @weddingdayhire

Entertainment Friday: @radiopicturemusic

Entertainment Wedding day: @gfeltd, Foto Noire, DJ Terry

Brides & Bridesmaids makeup @sarahjanewai

Bridal party makeup & brides hair @by_jodie

Stationery and illustration: Naomi Haworth @naomihowarthillustrator

Bar Hire: Create Cocktails @createcocktails

 

Wedding Lighting Language – In the Know

I want to remind you how important wedding lighting and decor really is!  It can totally transform your space and set the scene for your wedding, accentuating the finer details and allowing you and your guests to enjoy the setting resulting in an amazing day and fabulous photos.  All of which could not happen if you had poor lighting!  To begin your journey, it helps to know the wedding lighting language:

Wedding Lighting Language

OK, so you know you need some sort of lighting at your wedding venue.  The question is what??? With so much choice our there, where do you even begin to start? Obviously, you will need to contact wedding lighting hire suppliers.  It will help to know some of the lingo so when it comes down to the nitty-gritty in the conversation, you will know what they are talking about!

Up-Lighting

One of the most popular lighting effect, due to it’s price, versatility and dramatic impact.  Up-Lighters are units strategically placed on the floor with the light pointing upwards in various choice of colours.  They provide a simple effect with maximum impact on walls and feature areas, both inside and outside.  Wireless options are also available, eliminating the need for outdoor power supply and additional matting to cover undesirable exposed wires.

Spotlight – 

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These are very handy when you want to focus on a specific person or place.  Simply a narrow beam of light that projects onto the chosen area.

Gobo Projection

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A gobo is a template that shines through to project a pattern or custom designed monogram.  Popular surfaces to project upon are onto the dance floor or wall for your evening party.  Read my blog post on gobo projections for further information and ideas.

Festoon Lighting

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Otherwise known as party, festival string lights, pontoons and bistro lighting.  Festoons are essentially wired bulbs attached to a flexible cable.  The atmosphere created by their inviting glow makes them perfect for weddings and can be used over short and vast distances.  An added bonus is that these gems are so on trend right now!

Pendants – 

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A pendant drop is a single suspended light that hangs form the ceiling.  The layout is pretty flexible as arrangements can be produced at various heights and spacing to create your desired affect.  There is also a range  of what can be hung from the pendants.  Different designs are available to suit your wedding theme from industrial lampshades, geometric bulbs to modern LED filament lamps. 

LED Light –

These lights are often used by lighting specialists as they are not only long-lasting and more vibrant in colour, but they are also cost effective.  As they radiate a striking glow, they can also be used with a dimmer to create your desired ambiance.

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Poseur Tables

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This refers to a small drinks table, usually used as a lean to surface.  With regards to lighting, LED Poseur tables are great for an evening function or wedding as they can be set to a colour of your choice or a chase of colours.  Both practical and easy on the eye!

Dry Hire/Wet Hire

Lighting hire specialists often offer two types of service; Dry or Wet Hire.  Dry Hire is where you collect and install the items yourself and Wet Hire is where an expert lighting team will install and create your desired look and then remove it at the end of your event.

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Backdrop

A lighting backdrop essentially describes illuminating the background of an area.  Often used behind top tables and band/DJ performance area.  They are so effective and absolutely stunning!

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Fairy Lighting

OK, so I know fairy lights are well known, but I thought I would include these as they are often just associated with Christmas lighting.  Fairy lights are wired strings with small LED lights attached.  They offer an attractive feature for wedding and events within backdrops, canopies and table decor.

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I hope this little article helps you out on the start of your lighting inquiry journey.  The wedding lighting language vocabulary can be a bit intimidating, like anything, when you do not know the lingo!

Before your inquire, you may also wish to read about what we, as lighting specialists, need to know from you to produce you desired look.  Have a read here. 

Hales Hall Lighting Hire Rental

Dreamwave Lighting are proud to be the exclusive rental supplier for Hales Hall Lighting for weddings and events.  Hales Hall & The Great Barn is a magnificent medieval estate that has been restored to modern-day luxury.  Based in rural Norfolk, it is the perfect venue for a magical wedding, private party or special event.

Hales Hall Lighting Hire

First impressions are the most lasting; This already stunning venue can be further accentuated by our complementary lighting.  Seeing is believing and our photos sell themselves.  Below is a recent design concept for the outdoor Cartshed……

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Hales Hall Lighting Hire Fairy Lights rental Norfolk Dreamwave Events Wedding outside canopy

The Great Barn is absolutely breathtaking – The largest brick built barn in the country.  It’s exposed timbers lends itself to a stunning fairy light canopy and impressive backdrops.

If a job is worth doing, do it well.  We can offer an array of high quality, creative lighting installations from indoor and outside fairy light arrangements; vintage festoon lighting and classic outdoor up-lighting.   Our expert team can produce custom designs if you have your own inspiration.  Get in touch and we will be happy to help in any way we can.   Before you do, read my post on all the information we need to help us along with your fulfilling your vision.

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