How to Add Drama with Lighting


When it comes to wedding decor, most people will first think about colors, linens, flowers, and other important elements. However, there is one element to decor that many may not think about, and yet can prove to be the element that can have the biggest effect on a space… and no, the answer is not whether the drapes match the carpet! The correct answer is: lighting! You want your wedding to be visually appealing, and light is the only way you’re actually going to see any of the other beautiful elements in place (unless you’re having a reception completely in pitch black… and if so, send us an invite because that sounds crazy!). Here are some things to keep in mind when considering options for lighting:

Best Gay Wedding Blog EverUse mood lighting to create a luxurious effect. Your space should already have built-in lighting that will allow the space to function (so people can actually see what they are doing). Your job is to add to the space with additional lighting. Start with the architecture in the space. What can you draw attention to with light? Look at walls with different textures, the window surroundings, or columns. Uplighting can add drama to these elements, or purposefully-directed overhead lighting can draw focus to the best elements in your space. If your events are during the day, take advantage of natural lighting where you can, but look for any areas that may be hidden or lost in the ambient lighting. Find a way to add that drama.

Best Gay Wedding Blog EverHighlight focus areas with light. You want your guests’ attention towards all of the details and not your brother’s unibrow. So ditch the florescent lighting and get creative. Here are a couple great lighting ideas: Flank your ceremony location with lighting to add drama to photos and add visual appeal to your vows. If your cake or dessert table is a masterpiece, make sure it’s lit like art in a gallery. Or if you want your sweetheart table to be the center of the action, make sure that’s apparent with special lighting that draws the eye to you throughout the evening.

Choose your colors carefully. Imagine for a minute that you are highlighting a gorgeous navy blue in your wedding decor. If a wash of blue lighting is used in your space, the color will actually be lost, as a blue light will effectively black-out your blue elements making everything too dark. Instead, be sure that the color of lighting will complement and bring out the colors of your decor. That’s not to say that you can’t use the same colors in lighting, but a better option is to incorporate blue uplighting around the perimeter for effect and use soft ivory pinspot lighting on the table. This will insure that the navy blue is apparent in your design while not losing the details. Speaking of lost details, this reminds me of that time I got carried away with a tweezer. Talk about details getting lost – tell that to what’s left of my eyebrows. Yikes! But I digress…

Best Gay Wedding Blog EverNow think carefully before you decide to do lighting on your own. If you are confident in your skills, you can find companies that will rent you equipment. However, just like a bad high school production of Grease, poor lighting can make Sandy look fat or worse detract from your event. So it’s worth looking at professional lighting packages. Often, lighting is a part of a package provided by your DJ, so ask for photos and make sure everything is cohesive.