The painstaking work of the decorator can come to naught if you do not pay due attention to the lighting of the wedding location. In this article, we will deal with the most important questions: how lighting affects the atmosphere of a wedding, how to properly illuminate a restaurant and an outdoor area, and why you can’t save on this.
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Why is lighting so important at a wedding?
When the budget is limited, you want to save on “boring” things in order to free up money for decor, the perfect wedding dress and a beautiful location. However, saving on light can play a cruel joke: the wrong light can ruin your memorable photos and videos. You probably don’t want faces to look waxy or pale blue in every photo.
The work of the decorator will also suffer. The lack of high-quality lighting can seriously distort colors and “eat” the beauty of flower arrangements. And if in nature guests can still admire the decor during daylight hours, then in the room you can not get the wow effect.
That is why, if the design of the location and high-quality photos are important for you, be sure to pay attention to the correct lighting at the wedding. It is not necessary to choose expensive original light sources, the main thing is that the technique performs its function with high quality. Unfortunately, saving on this point can lead to disastrous consequences.
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Influence on the atmosphere of the wedding
The influence of light on the overall atmosphere of the holiday cannot be underestimated. At the same time, light sources can not only emphasize the decor favorably, but also become an important design element themselves. Here are some examples:
Incandescent lamps. Lamps will help create a cozy atmosphere and support the Urban and Industrial style.
Candles. A classic and win-win choice that will fit into any style. Depending on the amount, intensity of light, and design of the candle holders, candles can support the pomp of a classic wedding, add glamor, or create an intimate atmosphere.
Aroma lamps. An option that is rarely thought about, but in vain 🙂 The influence of smells cannot be underestimated, not in vain, because many companies spend a lot of money on aroma marketing! Aroma lamps will help create diffused soft light and add oriental notes to the design. The main thing is not to overdo it with the smell, it should be unobtrusive, and not cause a headache.
Photo: Dmitry Peteshin, Nikolai Soltanov
Searchlights. An irreplaceable lighting detail that can serve as an interesting decoration. If, when choosing a style, you were inspired by the golden age of Hollywood, vintage style, or designed a wedding in the style of Urban Chic, Industrial, then the spotlights can not be masked — they will fit perfectly into the design.
Neon. An unchanging trend of recent years! You can use neon lettering, highlight important decor elements (for example, the cake area or centerpieces on tables) and arrange a photo zone.
Fairy lights. The main characters of the most fabulous evening photos from weddings 🙂 Garlands create an indescribable atmosphere in the open air, but indoors they can also play an important role in lighting a family hearth or the first dance of the newlyweds.
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Let’s see what options you can use to illuminate the wedding venue:
Video projectors (gobos). A technique that can not only broadcast inscriptions or monograms, but also turn your wedding location into a real starry sky!
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Searchlights. Classic equipment that can spotlight important objects such as the stage, the presidium of the newlyweds or the cake area.
Halogen lighting. This option is very “gluttonous” both in terms of electricity and electricity, so it is not suitable for every site.
LED lightening. A good solution for highlighting the location around the perimeter.
Covered area lighting
When choosing a location for a wedding, immediately pay attention to both daylight and artificial lighting, which is turned on in the restaurant in the evening. Large windows (ideally panoramic windows overlooking the sunset) and light colors in the design will provide enough light for the first part of the celebration and create good conditions for shooting indoors.
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In the evening, note how the lighting changes: it is dim or too bright, cold or warm, diffused or concentrated in specific areas. Also check with the banquet manager which lighting modes are available. So you can understand how drastic changes need to be made so that the intended decoration at the wedding looks harmonious. Do not forget to find out about the technical equipment of the site and the permitted capacities of the equipment — unfortunately, this can seriously limit the choice of lighting options.
If you want to use the possibilities of light at your wedding to the maximum, then contact a lighting artist. He can conceive original special effects, create architectural lighting and completely transform the venue into something new and unique.
Photo: Olesya Molyarenko
If indoors you can be sure that at least some lighting is guaranteed to you, then outdoors this concern falls entirely on your shoulders. Believe me, it will be difficult to overdo it with light 🙂 Therefore, think of as many sources as possible: garlands, candles, lamps. An interesting solution would be to add chandeliers and floor lamps — without the usual environment of walls and ceilings, they will look unusual and give additional light.
It is very important to take care of high-quality light if you are planning an evening ceremony. Do not rely only on garlands or candles — they can support the composition with soft light, but it will not be enough for high-quality photos. Spotlights can help. They will look especially impressive if you install them behind the wedding arch to highlight your silhouettes. Spotlights mounted on the sides will highlight the details.
Photo: Ruslan Fedyushin (left), Natasha Rybkin (right)
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