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About Wedding Lighting

Lanterns

As with any event, consider the theme you are projecting. Are you going for rustic? Perhaps art deco? Or maybe boho? For example, if you’re a non-conformist, then think about pairing an eccentric mélange of paper lanterns in myriad shapes: round, tubular, or conical. Want to really think out of the box? Then go for lanterns in even quirkier shapes (hot air balloons or animals) or those that have unique prints (floral or geometric)! In addition, stencils can be placed over fixtures creating a similar feel. If, for instance, your rustic-themed vows take place outside, then consider ground lighting. You can’t go wrong with the southwestern luminaria (candle placed in a paper bag using sand) creation. And for your beach union, tiki torches give off an island vibe while helping to guide attendees toward the central wedding venue.

Complementing the Interior

Considering the location is a must. Is your wedding venue an old barn, an industrial space, or a vaulted museum? If the interior is covered in dark wood paneling, think about creating a warmer luster with tinted glass globes that have lower watt bulbs. Barns, alternately, beg for draping strings of white lights to offer that down-home feel, whereas industrial spaces (think old warehouses) comprised of aged brick, mortar, and wooden lintels call for sculptural fixtures, minimalist chandeliers, and pendant lamps of burnished metal.

Matching the Overall Design

When choosing the right ambiance, it’s important to take stock of the wedding color palette and floral arrangements; all these elements should be complementary. Using too much of one color can be overwhelming, not to mention produce a garish environment. Avoid bright colors unless the rest of the wedding venue elements are understated and vice versa. And keep in mind that the DJ might also have a lighting system for the dance floor.