Couples often spend months planning every detail of their wedding, from the exact colors for the bridal party dresses and the font on the wedding invitations, to the filling of the wedding cake, and the music played as they enter the reception, but a surprising number of couples never realize they should also plan the appropriate wedding lights.
Without the proper light, pictures may not turn out as well, the details of the floral centerpieces and wedding gown lace may be missed, and the happy couple won’t clearly see the smiling faces of their friends and family members.
Considerations to make when choosing wedding lighting include:
- What lighting is already available at the location? Will it be enough or is supplemental lighting needed?
- What mood do we want to set with the lighting? A party atmosphere of twinkle lights or a romantic setting of candles?
- Is there adequate lighting near stairs, entrances, restrooms, and other facilities for safety?
- Is the lighting safe around flammable plants, fabrics, and other decorations? Does the facility have restrictions on candles or other types of lighting?
- Does the lighting match the event setting?
What Needs to be Lit
At different times during the wedding celebration, different lighting needs will be required. Adequate lighting should be considered for each location and event, including:
At the ceremony
- Providing adequate light for photos as the bride walks down the aisle
- Properly lighting the altar where the ceremony will take place
At the reception
- Highlighting the head table and cake table at the reception
- Dance floor lighting, buffet table lighting, and other guest-centered lighting
- Adequate lighting at guest tables to encourage a congenial atmosphere
- Adding mood lighting touches to coordinate the entire location
- Spotlights for the first dance, cake cutting, garter toss, and other events
Dramatic lighting creates a special ambiance that enhances any social event. Hy-Lite Productions has provided lighting for many high-profile benefit galas, theme parties, holiday parties, and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs.