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Wedding & Event Lighting Planning Ideas


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Lighting your wedding reception of special event is one consideration you need to think carefully about and plan well if you want a gorgeous space.  Lighting can highlight all those special details you spent months planning and creating.  Lighting can dramatise an otherwise simple space to suit your theme.  Lighting can enhance the beauty of your guests and encourage dancing, conversation and meeting spots.  Lighting can change the whole event - and make it much more special.

If there's nothing else you choose to light for your wedding or special event, you should at least plan to allocate some of your budget to lighting your dance floor and the head table.  Other areas that you may choose to light include the ceremony aisle if you are being married indoors or at dusk, the altar, the cake table, the guest tables at the wedding reception and other special areas you have created for your reception such as the bar, a wishing well or guest book signing table.

Here are just some of the options your lighting professionals or venue will offer and what they do:

Uplighting - Uplighting does exactly what it sounds like.  The lighting professionals will place lights at the base of the walls to project the light upwards and create a warm, ambient feeling.  Sometimes this is done behind curtains or drapes to create an even more magical effect.

Fairy Lights - Fairy lights are small lights on a string that you might know from Christmas.  They can be strung under drapes in a marquee or in the reception space to create a magical, twinkling effect.  Fairy lights can also be used to illuminate paper lanterns effectively and safely.

Pin Spots - Pin spots are tiny but powerful spotlights that highlight specific areas like guest tables, the cake table or the dance floor.  You can colour these lights to create a beautiful and dramatic effect based on your theme.

Intelligent Lighting - Intelligent lighting is used by lighting professionals to add major drama to your event space.  These lights can paint the room with colour and dramatically switch between colours and styles to change the atmosphere throughout the night.  These lighting systems are expensive but well worth it if you can fit it into your budget.

Lighting Washes - Washes allow you to wash certain areas of your space with light and colour.  You might like to wash the ceilings, the columns of the space, or table centrepieces.  You can change the colour of your space with these beautiful lights and they are less expensive than intelligent lighting but not as dramatic.

Don't forget that there are many other forms of lighting you can consider on top of the professional lighting options.  We talk about the options for candle lights, table centrepiece lighting and lantern lighting in our article on Lighting Ideas for Your Wedding Reception.

Here are some beautiful images of party and wedding spaces using stunning lighting techniques to create a warm ambience:

Australia's number one online wedding shop sells a beautiful range of wedding lanterns, candle bags and luminaria, as well as candle decorations to help you light your wedding reception perfectly to complement the work of your wedding lighting professionals.



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