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By Lauren Kathryn on Oct 26, 2012 at 7:06 am in
Lighting plays a key role in setting the mood and ambiance of a space, and it can make or break a wedding reception. When you envision your reception setting, you’re probably imagining a scene filled with soft, romantic lighting that’s warm, inviting, and flattering. But achieving that effect can be harder than it seems. When it comes to the creation of lighting schemes, there are essentially three potential outcomes: too much, too little, or just right. (Pardon the Goldilocks reference.) You don’t want harsh or garish lighting, but you don’t want to leave your guests in the dark—literally—either.
Budget permitting, it is usually wise (particularly with large indoor venues) to enlist the services of a professional lighting company that will collaborate with you or your event planner to develop a lighting concept that suits your venue. If you’re totally on your own, try to test out your lighting scheme in advance, or ask your venue’s coordinator for lighting suggestions. He or she will likely have ideas about what has and has not worked in the past at his or her particular venue.
Simple, inexpensive lighting options that are practically impossible to bungle include candles (make sure open flames are permitted at your venue), luminarias (we’re bananas for these DIY pressed-flower luminarias), string lights, hanging paper lanterns, and pinspots (to highlight cakes and centerpieces). Here are a few of our favorite lighting schemes.
String lights and tabletop candles provided ample lighting for photographer KT Merry's rustic-chic outdoor reception in Nevada. The spectacular sunset didn't hurt, either!
We love the simply elegant design of these loosely draped string lights.
Luminarias, tabletop candles, and a few whimsical overhead lights provided the perfect amount of illumination for this beachside reception.
Votive candles arranged in a swirled pattern on a manicured lawn added both illumination and fancifulness to an elegant wedding celebration in Tuscany.
We love the soft pink glow of these modern geometric lanterns.
This leaf and Edison-style lightbulb chandelier is one of the most creative and charming outdoor lighting fixtures we've come across.
String lights dripping like glowing ribbons from the branches of trees added a fairy-tale glow to this Malibu ranch wedding.
Designed by Diana Sorensen of Sugokuii Events for a celebrity couple's destination wedding on the island of Capri, this reception tablescape featured hundreds of candles and overhead tea lights suspended in delicate glass vessels among tendrils of hanging jasmine.
Hanging strands of lightbulbs cascading onto the floor would befit a contemporary wedding in an urban or industrial setting.
Although we're not huge fans of traditional gobos (the screens that project light patterns onto walls, floors, or ceilings), we do like the modern look of this one and the incorporation of the Chicago skyline.
We couldn't leave out the humble ol' mason jar! This setup has such a wonderfully homespun feel, and we love the varying shapes and sizes of the jars, which are, from a distance, almost redolent of fireflies.
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Esenam, Jun 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm
Wow, these are great lighting ideas for weddings. These will definitely make for great images. Thanks for sharing.
Occasions In Print, Jun 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm
Great lighting shots! Thanks for not leaving out the Mason jar. Look what it can do!
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