By Bryce & Leah Graf
When well-designed and with the right equipment, lighting can make everything look better. Proper illumination will showcase details you have spent so many hours perfecting; and it makes for amazing pictures! Lighting is the final touch that can pull all of your planning together to create an elegant and memorable atmosphere for you and your guests. The following are some things to consider when planning lighting for your wedding.
Find a Professional
Planning a wedding may seem overwhelming, but lighting doesn’t have to be complicated. Lighting takes a lot of design work and forethought for aesthetics as well as safety. Lighting professionals are familiar with how to highlight a venue’s positive features and properly utilize power capabilities. Many professionals are able to offer higher-quality lights that are safer than the consumer has access to. Experienced lighting designers know what lighting options work best in unique situations.
Indoors vs. Outdoors
The location of your wedding reception will impact the kind of lighting you will need. Visit your venue at the time of day your event will be taking place so you can see how the natural lighting looks. This helps in determining which areas could benefit from additional illumination. Even in a space that seems to have sufficient built-in lighting, there are options that can personalize and elevate your wedding to the next level. If your event is being held outdoors at night, it is important to see the location after dark. This will help identify areas that need to be illuminated for safety, as well as to determine the mood you want to set for your guests.
Common Wedding Lighting Options
Up-lighting: These lights are the hottest trend for weddings. Uplights are small lights placed on the perimeter of your venue that illuminate walls from floor to ceiling with colored light.
Pin spot: A focused beam of light that shines directly onto an object. These are typically used to highlight centerpieces or wedding cakes.
Bistro lighting: These café-style lights add elegance and character to any space including tents, backyards and large venue halls.
String lighting: A strand of mini lights that can be used to create many different effects. There are a variety of colors and strands depending on the look you are going for.