Your wedding should be an event to remember. You’ve planned every minute of your big day and like any production, you need to remember to plan your lighting. Lighting is a great way to create a mood and can enhance your theme. There are many lighting options from which you can choose, from fun and exciting to elegant and formal.
Wedding Lighting for the Ceremony
Whatever style you’ve chosen for your wedding ceremony, whether you’re going with ultra formal and elegant or quirky and fun, the lighting should reflect your theme. The proper lighting can enhance your dress, for instance. Did you choose a dress with an explosion of sparking crystal beading? Then you need to make that dress shine like a sunrise with subtle lighting spotlighting and highlighting every facet. Are you getting married on a raised alter? Think stage and set the mood with dozens of candles to cast just the right glow. The time of day you choose for your ceremony will also determine your lighting choices. If you’re getting married in the morning, take advantage of the natural light that may be available in the church or other structure. Is it an evening ceremony? Candles or ambient lighting can create just the right romantic setting for your vows.
Lighting for your Wedding Reception
The wedding reception is, first and foremost, a celebration. It’s a time for the whole family to let their hair down and have a great time as they congratulate you on your marriage. Lighting can have a huge impact on the theme you’re trying to create. If your reception is at night, you may want to consider creating a night club atmosphere. A few colored disco lights and a mirrored ball can turn your event into the party of the decade. If you’re going for something a little more elegant, you can still have the mirrored ball to add sparkle, but use white lights instead of color to keep the party on a more elegant basis.
Is your reception happening in the afternoon? In that case, you’ll want to consider increased lighting option throughout the event. If the party rolls on past sunset, you’ll need to supplement the natural light you may have had earlier in the day.
Don’t Forget the Pictures
You may have hired a professional photographer to capture both portraits and candid images throughout the big day. Remember to communicate the lighting conditions of both the ceremony and the reception to your photographer so they can plan for the right film and shutter speeds. You’ll also need to find out if they have their own stationary lights for the portrait session after the ceremony. Lighting is crucially important to flattering photographs of you, your wedding party and your guests.
Weddings today have become more and more theme oriented with individuals choosing to honor their heritage with themed weddings. An Irish wedding may want to incorporate green lights to highlight a few areas of the reception hall, for instance. A Valentine’s Day wedding can utilize red lights.
Whatever lighting you choose for your wedding, be sure to do a test run to make sure all of the fixtures are working properly. Even candles should be checked to make sure the wicks are long and strong enough to burn correctly. And remember, for the cost of a light bulb, you can easily go from elegant to fun and back again, simply by adding a little color to the fun.
Author Bio: Andrea Boley is a writer and blogger with Storkie.com. She has been writing articles and blogging for over 10 years and is always happy to share her passion for life and experiences through her work. Her educational backgrounds in psychology and journalism have given her a solid foundation from which to draw experience and expertise in an array of topics.