6 Bright ideas for lighting for your wedding

When you’re planning a wedding, it will always seem that there is just one more thing to take care of and everything will be perfect. One of those most important things for setting the mood for a dreamy day is lighting. Bad lighting can ruin even the perfect decorated venture and a good one can make an average place look luxurious.

Of course you want to have a beautiful, even spectacular wedding, but you can’t get the tight budget from your mind. That’s why you need some ideas on how to be practical and still leave your guests breathless.

1. The lighting reflects you

Inform yourself about different types of lighting so you can get exactly what you need. E.g. if the dance floor doesn’t set apart from the dining space by itself, use a color wash, a few different types of light fixtures that can create a blanket of colored light covering an entire area. If you need to focus everyone’s attention to specific details, you should use pin spot lighting, a focused beam of light that shines directly onto an object, like a wedding cake. Many couples like to have a motif monograms or dates pointed out during the reception. If you’re one of them, be sure to use gobos, circular stencils that are put over a light to project a design or pattern.

2. Color your day

Lately it’s popular to add a splash of color to the decor by using colored bulbs. You can use LED, halogen or incandescent bulbs. It’s best to use colors that complement all skin tones, like magenta or a soft rose, so that everyone is satisfied. There’s no need to stick to only one shade of the color you chose because lighting can be programmed to make subtle transitions and even mimic flickering candlelight.

3. Be creative

The most personal touch you can give to your wedding is to make your own lighting. The choice is endless because it all depends on your creativity. You can use Dixie cups, cupcake liners and even yarn strings to place them over the light bulbs and make an original covering.
Recycle the wine bottles from bachelor’s night too. Drill a hole into the wine bottle to plug in the string of lights or assemble a chandelier of hanging wine bottles.

4. Be practical

You can make your reception beautiful using the stuff lying around your attic. Dust off those Christmas light strings and line them along the railings, wrap them around trees or make curtains of light. Placing them the right way you can get the illusion of sitting under thousands of stars.

To make a more romantic look or mask the pieces of decorations that shouldn’t be seen use sheer draped fabric over the light. Just be careful not to get your wedding bouquet stuck in there when you throw it.
An outdoor wedding reception has its advantages since trees are the perfect place to hang lanterns, candles, and string lights.

5. Elegance from above

Nothing says elegance like a chandelier or a candelabra. Whether it’s hanging from the ceiling or being a centerpiece of the table, it makes you feel like nobles during.  As an alternative you can also use iron or lace lanterns.

6. Be modern

These days LED lights are becoming more and more popular. They take less power and can even be wireless that’s much more practical than using regular light bulbs. What’s great is that there’s no heat coming from them so your guests and flammable decorations are perfectly safe. LEDs come in a wide variety of colors too. Bet you never thought of lighting the furniture, but LED swirl high tops and bar stools are one of the latest inventions in lighting for weddings. Moreover, if you want to be modern to the very end, use video instead of gobos. A detailed clean projection of monograms, names or engagement photos is what will decorate the dance floor when you are not partying on it.

Guest post brought to you by, Charlotte Jones from Lights2you, Australia`s Lighting Products Shop.

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