Wedding Lighting Solutions

LIGHT UP YOUR WEDDING

You planned the big day with your wedding planner. Together you have tasted the food, hired the wedding entertainment, and visited the location. Perfect, what’s next? Did you know that lighting design is one of the most cost effect ways to accent your important elements? Picture a room that matches with your favorite color, or even the color of your bridesmaid’s dresses. Lighting can match with over 1,000,000 colors. You can dance inside a personalized name monogram, have dramatic color washes on your ceiling, or pin spot your center pieces. Most couples do not know about the benefits of lightning design when structuring their reception budget. This service can only be provided at a reasonable price by a handful of reputable vendors.

You might not prefer a light show at your wedding, which is perfectly normal. It wouldn’t be appropriate for your room to change color every two seconds. That is why most professionals recommend a choice of static colors and patterns. For example, you can even choose break up patterns. These are images like tree branches or wispy designs that make for an elegant backdrop in your photos. You have the choice of a primary and secondary color to highlight. Your guests will remember your wedding day. Most importantly, you will say “wow” when you see your room for the first time.

ARCHITECTURALLY FEATURE ANY COLORS

Lighting companies need a sample color swatch to match. When deciding on which color scheme to choose, your options will depend on which company you select. A capable lighting designer will be able to accommodate any colors at any moment during your reception. Reputable event groups use light emitting diode (LED) technology which allows for computerized control. These fixtures are more expensive than traditional gel pars, but they are worth it. Your lighting can change colors as the mood of your evening progresses. Since LED fixtures utilize low power consumption, they are also great for the environment.

KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS

You should be able to openly discuss how your want to light up your event. It is important to take the vendor’s recommendations seriously. When you communicate your expectations, they can deliver based on their limitations. Not every venue has the same architectural layout. Some halls have vaulted ceilings, while other have dark wood paneling. These and many other factors will greatly impact the approach your lighting designer takes. There are several kinds of fixtures that accomplish different things. PARs are used for longer concentrated throws, pallets have a wider beam angel, and strips fit somewhere in the middle. If your walls are a darker wood, then pipe and drape with strips might be your only option. Pallets and soft edge intelligent lights help with evenly distributing color saturation across vaulted ceilings. If you are lighting up trees and buildings outside, then IP65 rated PARs will be used to handle the elements. Depending on your budget, you should be provided with a personalized quote. Since lighting quotes are flexible, it is really easy to go up or down from there.

THE SPOTLIGHT

Personalize your grand entrance with a high intensity follow spot. This light has a computerized focused iris that can follow your bridal party all the way back to the head table. Spot lighting during your grand entrance really kicks up the wow factor. How will you put emphasis on your first dance? This formal dance has deep significance and it deserves special attention. Do you want that beautiful cake to shine in bright white? Light it up with a spotlight. If you have reflective crystals or flower petals on the cake, then guests will really take notice.

CUSTOM NAME LIGHT

These lights are made specifically for the guests of honor. You choose several designs and pick the one that you like the best. A custom gobo will then be made to display your name during the reception. You have the choice of having your name monogram projected on the wall or dance floor. How cool would it be to dance inside your name? Name lights give a very personalized feel to your event and they are also very affordable. Since the gobo is custom fabricated out of steel, you can even take it home at the end of the night as a personal memento.

TABLE PIN SPOTTING

Your spent time and money on your center pieces, how will you ensure guests really take notice of your hard work? Make your center pieces seem larger than life with table pin spotting. These fixtures are small and hidden along the edges of walls. A circular beam is aimed at the center of your tables from above, making your centerpieces come alive. Just like a custom name light, table pin spotting can easily be worked into any room lighting package.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Lighting design will have a huge impact on the outcome to your wedding reception. Your guests will give you tons of compliments and you will be happy with your decision. Lighting solutions give you the biggest bang for your buck, so it is money well spent. There are only a few reputable vendors that offer lighting service. So you should view sample work from previous events before signing a contract with a company. When talking to a lighting artist realize that their price is based off of two main factors a technician fee and fixture fee. You need to ask what is included in the final price, since it might not reflect travel expenses or design costs. If you’ve seen lighting at a wedding reception, you will realize it is a no-brainer.