How LED Landscape Lighting Can Enhance the Experience at a Wedding Barn

Southern Landscape Lighting Systems of Alpharetta, GA, designs, installs, and services landscape lighting systems for clients in the metro Atlanta area, including for event venues and wedding barns. How popular are stylized wedding and event venues, such as wedding barns or party barns? The website Wedding Spot lists almost 400 venues under the heading “Rustic & Barn Wedding Venues in Atlanta, Georgia.” Pricing ranges from a few thousand to over $25,000.00 per event rental. A cursory survey of several hundred venues in the Atlanta area indicates the typical wedding venue rents for between $5,000 and $10,000. Wedding consultants recognize that as much as half the cost of a wedding goes toward venue rental.

Besides weddings, other activities hosted at these private event venues include:

  • Bachelor/bachelorette parties
  • Anniversary celebrations
  • Birthday parties
  • Family reunions
  • Class reunions
  • Fraternity parties
  • Church retreats
  • Galas
  • Concerts
  • Private movie debuts
  • Film shoots
  • Award ceremonies
  • Holiday parties
  • Organizational retreats and planning sessions
  • Corporate events
  • Sales recruiting and training meetings

Landscape lighting solutions for wedding barns or event venues

The metro Atlanta area features hundreds of wedding and event venues. The market is very competitive, even with prices ranging between $5,000 and $10,000 for the venues that feature stunning landscaping and architecture, many creature comforts, the capacity to accommodate a long guest list, and an accessible location. When considering LED low-voltage landscape lighting for an event venue, six factors are essential:

  • Curb appeal
  • Ambiance
  • Functionality
  • Privacy
  • Safety
  • Security

When hosting an event of great significance, such as a wedding, anniversary, birthday, or family reunion, the focus should be placed on “the experience.” Rustic barns, historic plantations, and celebrity estates are rich with experience, are in great demand, and command a higher fee.

Curb appeal

An enhanced experience begins with curb appeal. The initial reaction to a stellar event venue should be breathtaking. Imagine the same setting framed and highlighted with a beautifully designed and brilliantly executed installation. Peruse Southern Landscape Lighting Systems’ portfolio for a sampling of the best landscape lighting the metro Atlanta area has to offer.


Landscape lighting enriches a venue’s ambiance after dark. Poor lighting has the potential to dismantle ambiance, wreck the experience, and leave a bad impression on the bride, the wedding party, and the guests. Venue owners should keep in mind that the entire event, especially a wedding, will be recorded and posted on a dedicated wedding Facebook page or wedding website that may be live for years. Landscape lighting captures the eye, evokes a wide range of emotions, and is full of drama.


Landscape lighting provides tasteful and elegant functionality after the sun goes down. Dark spaces needlessly limit guest access to and enjoyment of the entire venue.


Landscape lighting design for an event venue can anticipate the need for privacy at the venue. When hardscapes are carefully highlighted, guests can enjoy private conversations at the sitting areas, water features, walking paths, and gazebos.


Guest safety is always a priority. Curb appeal, ambiance, and functionality do not have to be compromised in order to achieve safe lighting of stairs, handrails, walking paths, or parking areas.


Venue owners take a risk opening their estates, vacation home, or wedding barn to the public. Artwork, rare antiques, family heirlooms, and expensive personal belongings are vulnerable.  An experienced landscape lighting designer can discreetly highlight a home and landscape in ways that improve security and the effectiveness of the security system. The configuration may involve advanced night vision camera technology or something as simple as lighting dark spaces and eliminating shadows.

Most people will search for a venue on one of the many (and there are many) event venue site listings. Some events occur only during the daytime, while other events last until the evening hours or only begin after the sun has set. The savvy event venue owner or manager should have many landscape and nightscape photos on their website. Of the hundreds of event venues listed on the internet, the real winners are the venues with dazzling nightscape images. Superb nightscape lighting showcases the property like a diamond under the lights at the jeweler. A cursory scan of many Atlanta area event venues reveals a tremendous opportunity for venue owners to set their venue apart from the crowd with an elegant LED landscape lighting design.

Contact Southern Landscape Lighting Systems to learn more about landscape lighting design and installation for commercial and residential clients. The Alpharetta office can be reached by phone at (770) 691-1221 or by email at [email protected].

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