Whether your event is small or large scale, atmospheric lighting and/or draping can create dramatic ambiance and make your wedding unforgettable. From elegant dinners to exciting dance floors, lighting and draping can produce an unforgettable event that is sure to impress every one of your guests and make your wedding memorable.
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It's your day. Everything should be the way you want it. Lighting and ceiling drapery decorations add a unique and memorable element to your special day. From star filled skies, awe-inspiring dance lighting, dancing on clouds for your first dance, and the ability to customize your own monogram (name or initials in light) are just a few ways to make your next event amazing memorable and even more enjoyable.
Lighting Ideas: Reception Lighting Basics
Think lighting your reception site means flipping on a light switch? If you want to turn your site from standard to simply stunning, you'll probably need to take a more illuminating approach to your decor. "Lighting creates a mood," says event designer Preston Bailey, and when it's done well, lighting can make everything look better -- including your flowers, cake, and guests . Here's the right way to plan your lighting.
Light the walls and ceiling
A room or tent can be completely transformed using a wash of one color on the walls with another color on the ceilings, or you can project a geometric pattern or theme-oriented pattern such as palm trees on the walls.
Light the dance floor
Dance floor lighting is one of the most important aspects of lighting. A properly lit dance floor permits the guests to become part of the event. Dance floor lighting allows your guests be the stars by putting them in the spotlight. Use intelligent lighting suspended from a truss over the floor in the same shape as the dance floor not over the head of a DJ!
Light buffets, centerpieces, floral arrangements and bars
Pin spots are used to light centerpieces, floral arrangements, buffets and, occasionally, bars. Hanging pin spots is an art, as you do not want them to shine in guests' eyes. Usually pin spots are used one pin spot for a low centerpiece and two pin spots for a high centerpiece. Pin spots are between $20 to $50 each for an event. Remember that if your client is spending from $100 to $250 for a centerpiece, they certainly will spend a little more to see that it is lit properly.
Wash the room
The purpose of the room wash is to set the ambiance. The room should never be too dark, yet nothing is worse than going to an event that uses house lighting on at 100 percent. A magenta wash makes women look beautiful, guys look handsome, food looks scrumptious, the crystal gleams, and the room has a warm glow that makes guests feel comfortable.
Ceiling Draping & Swags
Dramatic, romantic, luxurious. These are words that describe the effect that ceiling draping create with chiffon draped from the ceiling of your wedding reception.
By decorating special tables at your wedding reception you are showing you attention to detail. Whether it be the wedding cake table or the receiving line tables, your guests will notice.
LEARN LIGHTING LINGO
Here are the types of lighting commonly used at weddings.
Pin spot A focused beam of light that shines directly onto an object, like a centerpiece or wedding cake, as a highlight effect.
Color wash There are a few different types of light fixtures that can create a "wash," which is basically a blanket of colored light covering an entire area.
Gobos Circular stencils that are put over a light to project a design or pattern. Popular gobo designs are monograms, dates, or any other wedding motifs. The complexity of the design will affect the gobo's cost -- a simple stencil can be stamped out of steel, while a more intricate design must be laser etched out of stainless steel or a glass that can withstand high heat (costing much more than a stamped stencil).
Led Short for light-emitting diodes, LED lights are currently popular for weddings because they use much less electricity (and don't get as hot) than regular, incandescent light bulbs. This means they can sometimes be wireless, so they're much more discreet. LEDs are great for color changes and vibrant colors. They're also common in strands and good for accent lighting.
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