Decisions. Decisions. Decisions! You have to choose flowers, centerpieces, catering and everything else, now you have to worry about lighting? Yes, don’t ignore this detail! Lighting is the transformative mood setting element. It can brighten a venue, soften the atmosphere, or project an intimate, romantic feel. Event lighting deserves some serious attention.
First and foremost, lighting arrangements are composed of specific, designated high areas. These high areas are typically focused on space surrounding the bride and groom, guest tables, cake display and dance floor. Lewis Grell with LG Entertainers recommends adding pin spot lighting, which produces a narrow beam of light to focus on a small part of a stage. “This really highlights the center pieces and wedding cake,” says Grell.
Keep your guests in mind when designing your lighting plan. Your eighty-year old grandmother needs to see the path to her table and your mother won’t be too pleased if she is squinting to see your first dance.
Can you afford beautiful lighting? Yes. Today’s wedding vendors have many affordable options. If money is extremely tight, String lights, paper lanterns and candles are great options that still add the necessary elements for an elegant soiree. DJU Productions’ Jeff Raines suggests simplifying your cocktail and dinner lighting and investing the savings elsewhere. To maximize effect, he suggests “a monogram light of the bride and groom’s initials on the dance floor, or patterned lights to create a ‘wow’ factor on the ceiling and walls.”
Outdoor weddings let you embrace unrestricted lighting creatively. Indoor venues often provide general lighting options, but an outdoor nuptial leaves the lighting completely in your hands. Beach weddings may feature Tiki torches lining the processional aisle; a wedding among shaded trees might opt for vintage street lamps to give it a shabby chic feel.