The Importance of Lighting

When it comes to the decor of your wedding and reception, you want to evoke a certain feeling on your guests. Lighting is one of the best ways to do so and is essential when creating an ambience. The way you light your wedding can portray an atmosphere of playfulness, warmth, drama, femininity, or romance.

Lighting can take a simple hotel ballroom and completely change the atmosphere. Some lights can even change as the night progresses! (How fun would it be to have the dinner hour in purple lighting and then change to a bright magenta or orange to start the dancing!?)

Uplighting your reception with a bright color is a great way to distinguish between ceremony and party time. For instance, if a couples’ ceremony is full of monochromatic whites and creams, the same can carry over to the reception but with a fun twist of color added on the walls. Brightly lit walls add that touch of pizazz that can still be classy and luxurious.

Lighting is also a great method to highlight your focal points, such as the cake or your sweetheart table. Lighting doesn’t have to be bright and colorful to make a statement. It can be as simple as a spot light or an array of candles on a table. Soft candlelight is extremely romantic and super

Have a plain white wall or a boring dance floor area? A great fix for this is through the projection of a monogram or “gobo”. For those of you who don’t know, a gobo is basically a stencil placed in front of a light that projects a picture. They can project a pattern or a quote onto the dance floor or the couples’ names and wedding date. Lighting like this makes a beautiful piece of artwork and a show stopping impression.

World renowned wedding and event designer Colin Cowie once said “The saying ‘it’s all about the lighting’ is 100% true.” When planning your reception, make sure you give your lighting quite a bit of thought. It is what creates the ambience and vibe of your wedding day and is a fun way to make a huge impact!