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Wedding Planning: The Best Lighting to Set Mood, Tone and Theme

Lighting helps set the mood of your special day. But which lighting effect should you choose?

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The Wedding Guru says: I think that couples often overlook decorative lighting at their weddings. But when used properly (and assembled by a professional), lighting can really stand out in the minds of your guests. You’ll often choose between conventional and intelligent lighting, or a combination of the two.

Conventional lighting (or static lighting) is directed up a wall or column and spotlights a centerpiece, accentuates structural details, or projects patterns on walls or ceilings. Chandelier lighting, for example, creates an elegant ambiance: using a system of cables, you can hang the chandeliers virtually anywhere within a tent.

When choosing lighting, consider the mood you’re trying to achieve. A soft spotlight would be perfect for your first dance, entrance and introduction as “Mr. and Mrs.,” and for the father-daughter dance. On the other hand, club-like lighting will punch up your musical selections.

Intelligent lighting refers to computer-directed effects that combine colors and patterns to “paint” an area, such as a dance floor. Using this technology, your lighting specialist can create a wide range of effects for your wedding, from dramatic concert lighting to romantic “highlighting.” The best part is that everything is behind-the-scenes and unobtrusive.

Lighting complements haze and fog machines, lasers, multi-colored beams on the dance floor, sound-activated strobe lights, and Chinese paper lanterns internally lit with computer-controlled LED.

For more information on lighting for event décor, visit’s article “Customized Event Lighting: A Cost-Effective Way to Set Mood, Tone and Theme.”

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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

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