The Impact Of Lighting At Your Event
The right lighting can transform any ordinary event into something extraordinary! From weddings and baptisms to birthday parties and proposals, lighting plays a huge role in creating moods and emotions for your guests.
Although often overlooked, event lighting can be used to highlight features of your venue space, add special effects, and create the perfect atmosphere. It’s too easy to think that all you need is sufficient light for people to be able to see what they’re doing, or perhaps spotlight a performer, but there is so much more to event lighting than this. The intensity, the color and even the angle of the light and pattern can affect how and what your guests are actually feeling.
So, how exactly does lighting impact your event, and how can you ensure the lighting you choose for your event will actually provide enough light? Here are a few things you need to know about event lighting that will make your next event a success!
#1 Don’t sacrifice functionality for appearance
Though you might think that your reception would look absolutely stunning lit entirely with fairy lights and chandeliers, this isn’t an easy option. Except for aesthetically pleasing, your lighting should also be functional. And by that, we don’t mean bright white fluorescent light bulbs that will ruin the atmosphere. Luckily, there are many types of functional lighting options that can be used to accentuate aesthetic lighting without simply overshadowing it.
#2 Hire a lighting professional
Besides the obvious event vendors such as florists, photographers, and caterers, there are some vendors whose work happens behind the scenes, and yet they’re truly necessary in creating the right atmosphere and flow. Your lighting technician is one of them! Whether you’re looking to make a large space feel cozy and intimate or bring color and laser light to your dance floor, a lighting professional will be able to point you in the right direction.
#3 Lighting helps enhance the atmosphere
Whether the desired wedding aesthetic is a crisp, modern vibe or an ethereal, vintage-romantic feel, lighting choices can help enhance the overall look you’re going for. For example, if you’re looking to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for your micro wedding, using up-lighting effects will have the desired result and if you’re going for a rustic touch, a string of lit light bulbs is a great choice.
#4 Lighting creates focal points
As you start planning your wedding or event, think about the elements you want to highlight for your guests. Maybe you love the “thank you” card display that you spent hours brainstorming, or maybe you’re looking to play up the gorgeous dance floor you’re renting for the occasion. Each special detail should be properly emphasized in order to draw in guests and create an engaging experience. Lighting creates defined focal areas while helping to dictate the flow of the event to your guests. Pin spotting on the cake table ensures everyone sees your beautiful dessert, while highlighting the band’s backdrop with a neon sign draws your guests to the dance floor to get the party started!
#5 You’ll end up with lovely photos
One of the clearest examples of how lighting can impact your event is through the benefit it plays to the photographer. If you choose to invest in great quality and well-selected lighting, your photographer will absolutely love you. In turn, you’ll love each and every photo. Having a well-lit area that accents the existing natural light will help elevate your photographer’s images and make their art truly shine.
Here are some different types of lighting to consider for your event:
Pin Spotting is an advanced light design that shines tiny beams of light in order to perfectly illuminate the centre of any arrangement.
Spotlighting is another way to draw attention to a particular object with more powerful beams than pin spotting.
Gobo Lighting projects the image of a personalized stencil onto ceilings, dance floors, walls, instantly injecting depth and fun to any kind of event.
Fairy Lights are strings of soft glow light bulbs which can be draped or hung any way you like. Their romantic feel and ethereal appearance will make any venue seem like it’s straight out of a fairy-tale.
Color Wash is created by placing colored gels over lights which instantly changes the atmosphere and appearance of the space as it covers the entire room with the hue of your choice.
Underlighting & Up Lighting – underlighting will illuminate tables or other items from below, and up lighting shines light upwards and can dramatically improve the ambience of any event space.
Neon Lights are perfect for a vibrant, playful, festive vibe. They can be used to direct guests, label stations, and even convey important wedding details, like the date, your hashtag, or your new monogram.
Landscape Lighting If you’re hosting a reception outdoors, they are used for lighting the way along walkways, bathrooms, and the dance floor.
The impact of lighting at your event plays an integral role in setting the tone and overall mood of your event. With so many options available, get in touch with us and we’ll help you select the right lighting, which, combined with your other décor elements, is sure to create a truly amazing effect. We love to wow all of your (our) guests!