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Want to light up on your Reception Décor?
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Cayla and Paul’s lighting consisted of par cans that were lit from the ground floor. Damask Gobo’s projected onto the dance floors and walls of the reception which created a warm and romantic ambiance for our birde and groom and their guests.

Did you know by adding simple lighting elements to your wedding, it can create an inertly different look and feel to your event? How do you know which lighting elements are best for you and your theme of your wedding and what’s the “tech lingo?”

Want to take an illuminating approach to your wedding décor? Flip the switch and create the pizzaz needed to turn your site into whatever theme you wish. Lighting can be quite simple and can truly set the mood throughout your special event.

Here are few questions to ask when talking to an Audio Visual specialist:

  1. Tell them the theme of your wedding. What type of feeling do you want your guests to feel once they enter into the ceremony or reception?
  2. Do you want the mood to change throughout the evening?
  3. Do you want patterns or textures on the wall?
  4. Ask them what the labor cost is to set the lighting up?
  5. Always tell them your budget otherwise these guys will give you the entire warehouse. Remember they are creative just like the florist or your décor company. There are so many lighting options out there and some of the simple pieces of equipment can truly create the look that you are going for while, other pieces of equipment may require hanging elements from a ceiling which inquires rigging which the cost can increasingly go up.

Here are a few simple terms to familiarize yourself with:

Pin spot: Is a focused beam of light that shines directly onto an object, like a centerpiece, gift table, or wedding cake, as a highlight effect.

Color wash: 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.

Par Cans: Par cans are fairly inexpensive and less labor intensive and will project from the ground up. Different colored gels can be placed over the lamp to create the ambiance that you are looking for.

Gobos: Circular stencils that are put 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.