What Size Chandeliers Do I Need for My Events?

 

Posh, special events or even the most boisterous of celebrations should have the right accompanying chandelier to make the occasion extra special.

A chandelier can really enhance the ambiance of any given room. It really isn't a matter of supply but choice when it comes to purchasing a chandelier since they're always readily available, even on the Internet.

If you're asking yourself what size of chandelier is best suited for your events, think about the following:

What sort of event are you holding? Is it a black-tie event or something more informal? Installing a light fixture for your entry hall, foyer, or dining room can be quite confusing in terms of judging the right size not only for your interior, but the occasion in question.

The Right Size of Chandelier Based on the Event

1. You Chandelier Size Should Depend on the Size of the Event: As a rule of thumb, the bigger and more grand the event, the bigger and more ornate your chandelier should be. It’s not surprising that grand events tend to be held in huge conference rooms or plenary halls, and a bigger chandelier is called for in such setups. 

The type of event should also be taken to consideration, because some sites are considerate enough to categorize their chandeliers by event type. You have wedding chandeliers, party chandeliers, and even ceremonial chandeliers readily available for purchase.

Chandeliers also come in various designs and materials, so thinking of using them only for black-tie events is to have a shortsighted view of what these wonderful light fixtures are all about.

2. The Visual Weight of Your Chandelier Should Dictate Its Size: You don't have to be an interior designer to judge whether your chandelier centerpiece is too big for your dining room.

If, for example, the ceiling is so low that when you place a chandelier, you can touch its tips when you stand, then the light fixture is too big.

If your special event is a formal dinner over your mansion's dining room, then you should judge chandelier size based on the how much visual "weight" is required before it becomes too overbearing to look at.

Other indicators of a visually heavy chandelier include multiple tiers or layers as well as the intricacy of the design. If you have a visually heavy chandelier, you can get away with a smaller diameter, while a visually light one allows for more wideness.

3. The Number of Guests Should Also Match How Big Your Chandelier Will Be: Perhaps because it incidentally coincides with the fact that a bigger room will also require a bigger chandelier, but the number of guests you'll be having should dictate chandelier size.

 

If it's a simple pizza party among six other friends during a birthday celebration then sleepover, then having a glass stand chandelier is enough to spruce up your humble little party.

If the event is your wedding reception housing over 100 guests in a large dining hall, then something like a huge, multi-tier, 24-inch-diameter, and 51-inch-tall wedding chandelier (or two) might be called for.

The grander the celebration and the more people in attendance, the bigger and more elaborate your chandelier should definitely be.

4. The Placement of Chandeliers for Two-Story or Extra-Large Foyers: If your foyer is two-stories high, then the best course of action is to put the chandelier at the center of nearby windows so that it can be displayed at the outside. However, you should only do this in case there is a window nearby.

 

In terms of size concerns, as long as your chandelier isn't any bigger than the window you're supposed to display it on, then you're all good with it. This will give your chandelier an air of welcoming elegance when your celebration gets underway.

As for windowless extra-large foyers, the addition of sconces (wall light fixtures) might be called for. When installing sconces on your chandelier, they should be six to eight feet apart and installed 60 inches from the floor.

5. Sizing up Your Chandelier for Your Dinner Party by Ceiling Height: Your dinner party will most likely be held inside your dining room unless it's a garden party with loads of lights and a different type of chandelier.

If you have an 8-foot high ceiling (it's the standard for most homes), then your chandelier should hang around 30 inches above the tabletop. Every additional foot of ceiling height, you should add 3 inches.

For example, a 9-foot high ceiling should have a chandelier that hangs 33 inches above the tabletop. Meanwhile, a 15-foot high ceiling should hang 51 inches above the tabletop. Any ceiling that's higher than nine feet should consider using a two-tier chandelier.

Indeed, the venue of your party should be your foremost concern in terms of judging chandelier size, particularly in terms of its size and ceiling height.

6. The Dining Room Table Can Be a Chandelier Sizing Factor: Usually, a longer dining room table might be used to better house more finger food, catering services, and punch than your average dining room, which can also mean you might require a bigger chandelier to go along with it.

To determine the size of your chandelier in relation to the table, you should make sure that dining room chandelier size should have a diameter that's 50% of the table width or more, assuming that it's the right size for your room.

If your table is a 40-inch wide and 72-inch long piece of furniture, then your chandelier should be half the width of your table or 20-inches in diameter. It's even simpler to calculate with a round table. Just use half the diameter of your table and get the right-sized complementary chandelier installed.

7. Room Size Should Count in Terms of Length and Width: Here's one "trick" you can use to estimate the size of your chandelier for your special event. Get the length and width of the venue in feet, and then add those numbers together.

The figure in feet should equal the diameter of your correct-sized chandelier in inches. Let's say, for example, you have a wedding reception room that's six feet in length and four-and-a-half feet in width. When you add them together, they make up 10.5 feet total.

You should then have a wedding chandelier measuring 10.5 inches in diameter to match the 10.5 feet of the venue in length and width combined. Also, if that chandelier is 20-inches tall with a 7-inch chain, then the height of the ceiling should at least be almost 9 to 10 feet or at least 111 inches.

8. How Low Can a Chandelier Go? Speaking of which, your chandelier should never be so low that you can touch it while standing (unless you're Shaquille O'Neil or Yao Ming).

The chandelier's lowest or southernmost tip should at least be seven feet away from the floor, especially if it's on your foyer.

This should also help you determine not only the size of the chandelier you want to hang, but also whether it should be a multi-tiered, semi-flush, or flush chandelier.

The idea here is to have a light fixture that should hang overhead but shouldn't be too low hanging, or else it's automatically too large lengthwise to even be there.

It's either it's too low hanging or too big of a chandelier to actually be only, say, five to six feet from the floor.

9. The Higher the Ceiling the Taller Your Chandelier: As discussed earlier, if you have a 20-inch-tall chandelier that hangs on a 7-inch hanging chain, then you should place it on an appropriately high ceiling with an at-least 7-foot berth between its lowest point and the floor. 

There's a reason for this. Having a too short or too tall chandelier can give your party or special event a disproportioned look that can distract your guests. You can't have a 30-inch-tall chandelier in the middle of an 8-foot-high ceiling. It will make your space look weird with a low-hanging chandelier.

It's worse when you have a chandelier that's too short or small for the size of the room. It will look like mistletoe that you have to search for to see, dwarfed by the room that's supposed to highlight it as a centerpiece of sorts.

10. The Accompanying Party Decorations Around the Chandelier Can Also Dictate Its Size: Just as an ornate, complex, and multi-tier chandelier can get away with a smaller diameter and size because its bigness comes from its complexity, so too can a chandelier in the middle of a balloon-filled party.

A decorative and opulent chandelier that's nine inches in diameter on a room that's five feet by seven feet in width and length respectively won't necessarily be dwarfed by the bigger room if there are accompanying complementary ceiling ornaments to compensate for its size, like fake bats during a Halloween celebration.

When you're in doubt, the bigger the better because chandeliers are conversation pieces and whatnot; just remember to avoid getting too tall a chandelier for a low hanging ceiling no matter how wide it is.

What to Ultimately Remember

In summary, your best bet when picking the best chandelier for your party or event is to go big as a way to err on the side of caution. Keep in mind that sometimes a chandelier size can appear too ornate for a simple event or too simple for a grand one.

You should be able to pick the right light fixture in accordance to the space of the room to the height you'll be hanging it as well as the kind of wild or formal celebration you'll be having.