You spent months or even years planning the perfect wedding, you want your guests to share in this beautiful moment, you want to set the mood so that they won’t miss a thing and believe it or not, lighting is the way to go. For any event, lighting is one of the most important factors that you need to pay special attention to; it can completely transform an entire room or an empty space into a sophisticated, elegant and memorable place, much more than any regular decoration can.
We’ve created this ebook to show you some inspirational images for your upcoming wedding and how you can achieve them with lighting.
Rob Alberti is owner of Rob Alberti’s Event Services – Wedding Disc Jockey and Wedding Event Lighting services and his work has been featured in Martha Stewart Wedding, Brides Connecticut, CT Bride, VT Vows and on many national wedding blogs such as Style Me Pretty.
When you see before and after pictures of the very same ballroom, you can see, there is very little similarity as soon as the lights go up. The room becomes more inviting, the ambiance is breathtaking, the mood is enveloping and for just one moment, you forget where you really are. That is the effect that lighting can have at your wedding, make it a night not only you but they will never forget.
Over the years the use of L.E.D. (Light Emitting Diodes) technology has become increasingly popular in wedding planning mainly because they are affordable and are now mass produced. They are usually strategically placed along walls to create an elegant glow. In addition to that, spotlights can be added to focus on the bride and groom’s first dance, cutting of the cake, toasts or anything else you may want to highlight. It is also very cost effective because, unlike standard decorations, LED’s can change colors and move, making the room more vibrant as well as, it can give the room that sophisticated look you thought was way out of your budget.
Gobo – This is when they place a specially designed template in front of a light source, it is used to project patterns onto the wall or dance floor at weddings. You can use this to project the bride and groom’s initials or a monogram onto the dance floor for dramatic effects.
Break Up Pattern – This uses gobo to project a larger image on a wall or the ceiling and is a brilliant way to draw attention to specific areas of your room. Pick images that go with your theme and tie the lighting and the rest of the décor together.
Up-lighting – Place special lighting next to architectural features such as columns or walls around the room to project lights up towards to ceiling. This color should match your theme and serves as the most effective way to control the mood of your environment.
Color Wash – This is bathing the entire room in color. This type of décor is a great way to set a powerful and dramatic effect especially in tent weddings where the tent serves as a canvas.
All in all, lighting is a cost effective method of completely transforming the feel of your reception and creating an atmosphere that will capture your guests in your moment. Use lighting to camouflage that part of the room you are not a fan of. Much more than that, lighting can highlight your décor by using specialized lighting techniques you can bring attention to or focus on your cake you spent your whole childhood dreaming of or the bouquet of flowers your mother specially designed as a center piece.
Excellent lighting can determine the quality of your picture. As stated before, you may have spent a majority of your life on this dream wedding, it would be a shame if you did not capture the memories. If you can’t see of even feel the mood in your pictures then you wasted money on décor and photos.
You can have the finest wedding decorator in the world, you can spend hours and thousands of dollars getting everything spic and span but your guest may not feel your efforts; lighting can bridge the gap between your intentions and the guest’s perception.
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