Lighting can play a huge part of transforming any location into the wedding and reception venue of your dreams. There are many types of lighting options that can work together to create something simply exquisite and beautiful. Let's go over the different types of lighting that you can use for your wedding. ................................................
This is probably the most common type of lighting used at most weddings. It is a spot light highlighting a particular spot in the room. Typically you will find a Pin Spot over a cake table, ice sculpture, or sweetheart table. Most venues provide a basic pin spot for your cake as a part of the overall package. However, you can also do pin spots over centerpieces, altars and virtually any area that you would like to emphasize.
Pin Spot over cake table and color splash pattern under tent!
Pin Spot - Altar
This is one of my personal favorite lighting options. Gobo lighting takes an image and projects it onto any surface. The most common use for gobo lighting is the use of a wedding monogram projected onto the dance floor. This is a real show stopper and will give you some definite ooooooo's and ahhhhhh's as guests enter the room. It is a great way to carry the theme of your wedding monogram through the entire wedding. It can also be projected on any surface, not just the dance floor. So let your imagination run wild!
Up Lighting is a type of lighting that adds a splash of color to the walls, not to be confused with wall washing which changes the color of the entire wall. For up lighting cannisters are placed strategically through out the room to add pops of color in a V shape to the wall. This can dramatically change the color and overall mood of the room. This is a great way to add a little glitz and glam! Wall washing is the same premise only the entire wall or area is blanketed in the same color or a pattern.
LED (light-emitting diodes) are quite popular for weddings these days for a number of reasons. #1 - They are very green! They use significantly less electricity. #2 - They can also be wireless, therefore much more discreet and did we mention GREEN. #3 - They emit less heat than regular lights which can be a good bonus, especially for those lights over the centerpieces or at the dining table. We don't want your guest sweating while they are eating...that's reserved for the dance floor. LED lighting can be used for any type of lighting; Pin Spot, Up, and Gobo's - they simply replace the regular bulb with a LED bulb.
Who can do your lighting? Start with your florist first. Most of the time they do their own lighting and can assist you with the overall lighting of the room as well. This means one less vendor to coordinate with. Your florist can't help, your next stop will be to contact a lighting specialist in your area. Invite them to your venue and discuss your vision for your wedding. Tell them about any obstacles or eye sores in the room and they may have an solution to camouflage them. Expect to spend 5-10% of your budget on a complete custom lighting package. It may seem pricey, but lighting is a sure way to transform a typical wedding venue into something extraordinary and special.
Ebony Sparkes, Founder & Managing Director of Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC has had a passion for many years. I've been designing and planning events for family and friends for years. I hope you enjoy what you find here and that you will share and create wonderful ideas for events for everyone.
Ebony M. Sparkes is a Bridal ConsultantTM and VA State Membership Director with the Association of Bridal Consultants. She participates actively with the association.