Lighting Up Your Reception

The new trend in lighting is beyond an overhead truss or T-bar system this would include what you hear on TV as Pin Spotting (usually done on centerpieces or the cake from above). With our upscale events, we’ve been offering “up-lighting or wall washes.” Instead of lights that just beam down, we spread our lights out more evenly throughout the room and cast color throughout the room, and project gobo/images or names and initials onto walls and ceilings and splash color on pillars and recessed ceilings and brighten walls and corners. The room then takes on a completely different feel. If you are confused about what you want for your wedding day here are some great definitions:

Pin spot A focused beam of light that shines directly onto an object, like a centerpiece or wedding cake, as a highlight effect, the light is above and facing down.

Wall Wash or Up Lighting 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.

Gobo is a circular stencil that is placed 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 even that much more discreet. LEDs are great for color changes and vibrant colors. They’re also common in strands and good for accent lighting. These are usually more expensive because the lights themselves are more expensive.

If your wedding will be in a hotel ballroom’s architecture. You can use lighting to draw attention to any interesting details — if there are elaborate columns try highlighting them with up lighting at the base of each. If you are at a bed and breakfast and there’s a fireplace it’s a great place to put just a bunch of scented candles in different sizes from large pillars to small votives or even line a pathway with votive candles set in colored glass or use white luminaries to light the way.

Give us a call or e-mail us today, we’ll meet you at your venue and do a walk through to see what kind of lighting would be best for your venue and your budget.  Rental of our uplighting cans start at $35 each which includes set up and removal and your color on the walls!

We’ve found some really great photos on the net and we’ve included some in this blog for you!


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