Meet our AV & Lighting Specialists – Effect Event

At Fulham Palace, we’re lucky enough to work exclusively with Effect Event, who provide all of the wonderful lighting and AV for our events. We catch up with Managing Director Duncan to see how an illuminated bar, dramatic uplights or a photobooth could add that little something extra to your Palace wedding.

1) We have been lucky enough to have you at the Palace for quite some time now, can you recall your favourite event or client to work with?

My favourite clients are often the ones who come to us not really knowing the difference our lighting of Fulham Palace will make, then are hugely surprised when they see the difference it makes! I can think of a few Mothers of the Bride or Groom that sent us lovely cards after the Big Day telling me we’d helped make their loved one’s Wedding Day so special. We often get similar comments from Photographers who say to us how much better their photos look set by our beautiful lighting. In terms of favourite events at Fulham Palace – they would have to be the ones with a clear-span marquee in the Medieval Courtyard. These Weddings provide us with a great creative palette to make the whole Palace feel like one large connected venue and even more architectural features to enhance with our lighting.


2) Fulham Palace is a versatile venue especially in the changing seasons, what are your favourite months to light the Palace?

The Winter months have to be our favourite for lighting the Palace, as it makes such a difference throughout the Wedding. Having said that August has to be my favourite Summer month. By the end of Aug, dusk is around 20:00pm, which is when most evening receptions commence. This allows us to make the most of lighting the Courtyard or Cafe Facade of the Palace, allowing the guests to enjoy a warm evening with a nice cocktail, set against a lovely backdrop. This is when the outside areas of the Palace really come into their own as amazing party spaces!

Effectevent Fulham Palace - Magenta Windows

3) Effect Event have been fast expanding their range of products and collection over the past year, have you any exciting plans in the pipeline?

We added Photo booths & Illuminated Bars to our stock this year, mostly due to demand. We researched quite heavily to find the best option for the booths & loved the Green screen backgrounds, allowing for some stunning pics of the Palace behind guests’ photos. I’d quite like to increase the range of Photo booths we offer over the coming year as they’re such a fun addition to a Party. The Illuminated bars we also researched to find one we could offer at a very competitive rate. Prior to this we’d use either a dedicated bar company, or have them bespoke made for an event – both of which put them at the top end of most wedding budgets. The bars we now use look stunning and we offer them at a price point that most parties can afford. We’re always looking to upgrade the equipment we’ve got, so I’ve got an ever growing wish-list of Lights (mostly battery powered), speakers (again with battery powered options) and projectors (which we’re using more & more at private parties (Cinema Room for the kids on bean bags).

Effectevent Fulham Palace - Photo booth

4) If you had to pick one area of lighting that you believed to be essential or worth investing in at the Palace, what would it be?

The simple lighting is often the one that makes the biggest difference to a Party or Wedding Reception, so my answer would be uplighting. We use LED uplights, so we can make the most of the Corridors, Reception Rooms, Hall & Marquee in colours that compliment the client’s key colours (floristry, bridesmaids’ dresses, invitation stationary etc). Once you’ve got a great ‘backdrop’ which ties your event together, then the ‘Wow!’ upgrades such as External or Dance floor Lighting really come into their own.

Effectevent Fulham Palace - Deep Purple Corridor

5) What inspired you to go into the lighting business?

We started Effect Event about 8 years ago to provide Lighting, Sound, AV & Staging, but focused quite early on LED lighting. LED Lighting was still pretty new to the industry at the time and we were sure that we could use it to provide stunning lighting for Weddings, Parties, Conferences & Events with a much lower carbon-footprint than traditional lighting. The joy of this mindset is that we’re still looking for the best new LED lighting that will transform the Parties & Events we have the pleasure to be a part of.

If you’d like to know more about Effect Event and their services, visit www.effectevent.co.uk/









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