When it comes to hosting memorable events, few venues can match the charm and versatility of marquees. Whether you’re planning a wedding, corporate event, or a festive celebration, marquee tents offer the perfect blank canvas to create a magical ambiance. And one of the key elements that can transform a simple marquee into a breathtaking and elegant event is the lighting. In this blog, we will explore a variety of lighting options that can elevate your marquee events to new heights.

Lighting options for your marquee event

Are you looking for ways to dazzle your guests at your event? Here’s a rundown of the different options available to you to light up your marquee and make it a day to remember.

LED uplights

Uplighting involves placing light fixtures at the base of the marquee walls, directing the light upwards to dramatically alter the mood and appearance of the tent. This form of lighting can be customised to match your event’s theme, with a vast array of colours to choose from. By playing with different hues, you can transform the entire ambiance throughout the event, from romantic pastels to vibrant tones depending on your style and preference.

LED fairy lights

Simple yet effective, fairy lights are a classic choice for marquee decorations. These delicate strands of twinkling lights can be hung along the ceiling or draped along the tent poles, infusing a soft, warm glow that exudes a cosy and inviting atmosphere. For a whimsical touch, opt for fairy lights with different colours or ones with tiny decorative elements, such as stars or flowers.


For a touch of elegance and sophistication, chandeliers are the perfect choice. These statement lighting fixtures can add a touch of grandeur to any marquee setting, either suspended from the ceiling or attached to the marquee frame. From opulent crystal chandeliers that exude luxury to rustic, vintage-inspired designs that create a charming ambiance, there are plenty of options to suit your theme and budget.

LED dance floors

When the day turns to night and people are getting their dancing shoes on, nothing makes an impression quite like a sparkling dance floor. White starlit LED dance floors are the perfect way to impress your guests – and they also look great in photos!

Festoon lighting

Festoon lighting offers a visually pleasing aesthetic that blends vintage charm with contemporary style. These exposed filament bulbs can be hung in clusters or zig-zagged across the ceiling, working particularly well for rustic and industrial-themed events. Use this type of lighting to create an inviting and intimate atmosphere with a nostalgic glow.

Speak to TM Event Hire

At TM Event Hire, we know our lighting. We offer a full consultation process to all our clients, helping them choose the right lighting for their event to suit their theme, budget and preference. Our luxury and affordable marquee and furniture hire service operates in Essex, Hertfordshire and London, so if you’d like to find out more about working with us, get in touch to find out more or visit our website.

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