WEDDING LIGHTING HIRE
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While planning your wedding, you might want to initially turn your attention to wedding dresses, cakes, and choosing a venue. However, you mustn't overlook one of the most vital aspects of your wedding production – lighting.
The choices you make with your lighting equipment will have a much more significant influence than you might have first thought. If you pursue unsuitable options, it will leave a lasting impression for the wrong reasons.
But by taking a considered approach and factoring in your specific needs, the lighting can set everything off perfectly, from creating an enticing dancefloor to altering the look and feel of your venue. Your lighting choices can transform your celebration from forgettable, to truly remarkable.
So what are the key areas you need to be thinking about when it comes to wedding lighting?
+ KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR WEDDING LIGHTING
When you pause for a moment to consider just how many touchpoints lighting has within a typical wedding day, you'll soon begin to realise precisely why it's so vital. To get your head around it quicker, it's probably best to start but filtering your potential event lighting hire options into two categories – one for the more practical side of the wedding (as in you can't really have a wedding without them), and the other for performance lights (those that will elevate your venue to another level).
The obvious place to start is with your venue. Are you inside or outside? If you've taken the path of a marquee or tepee wedding, then you're immediately going to need to make lighting choices for when the sun goes down. For indoor venues, assess what the lighting arrangements are. Many will come with bog-standard ceiling lights that will do little to captivate the mood for your celebrations.
Once you've spent time deciding how you are going to light your venue, you're then going to have to turn your attention to the evening reception, and more specifically your entertainment. On the stage, live bands and DJs are both going to be relying on an impressive light show to accompany their performance. Then you've got to consider the dancefloor, whereby disco lights are most likely going to be a necessity.
Finally, you need to consider those "little extras" that may or may not require specialist lighting, such as the reception tables, overflow areas, outdoor walkways, and so on. So let's take a look at some of the most popular lighting fixtures when it comes to weddings.
+CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING LIGHTING EQUIPMENT
These versatile lights beam a focused beam to illuminate a specific area such as a stage, or a speaker at the head table. They will be great for shining on the lead singer of the live band you've booked, for example. And you'll definitely need at least one for the first dance. If you're hiring a stage, then you'll likely be wanting some spotlights to accompany it.
+LED PAR CANS
Again, another popular stage light, PAR cans have been used to light up even focal points for decades. Now powered by LEDs, these fixtures are capable of emitting almost any colour on the spectrum. These versatile lights can wash stages in all kinds of colours, and they are usually a staple of most light shows that accompany live performances.
In direct contrast to a spotlight, floodlights illuminate large areas with bright, white light. These will come in handy if you are hosting your wedding outdoors in a marquee, for example. They will be great for outdoor areas where guests need to be able to see what they're doing.
+WIRELESS LED UPLIGHTERS
These floor-based lights can wash walls and ceilings in a wide range of colours. They are perfect for altering the mood or ambience of a setting. They can be wireless too, making them another great addition to an outdoor wedding reception.
Textured lighting refers to fixtures that beam preset patterns around your venue, such as falling leaves or a starry night sky. For instance, you could adorn your wedding reception venue with revolving snowflakes if you're having a winter wedding.
Also referred to as twinkle, fairy, bistro, or cafe lights, these stringed lights are a versatile and cost-effective way to light up any space and are a must for outdoor weddings. They look perfect above walkways, entrances, and in between beams at a tepee wedding. You can add them to an outdoor area of an indoor venue to create a magical space to grab some air in between dances.
These lights are single fixtures that hang from the ceiling and are well suited those of you looking to the venue lighting options to something more dramatic. You could decide to go old school and hang one right above the dance floor instead of the cliché glitter ball.
Let's be honest; what would a dancefloor be without any disco lights? These do exactly what they say on the tin, and illuminate the dancefloor in all kinds of fancy patterns and colours. Most DJs will request these if they don't already arrange their own lighting hire.
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+ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR WEDDING LIGHTING
Lighting is not just about the fixtures themselves; you also need to take a broader view of your special day. For example, if you're getting married in June in the North of the country, then you may not even turn your lights on until after 10 pm, affecting your choices.
Likewise, remember the role that lighting will play in your photography and videography of your special day. While lighting a venue in dark hues may look good, it's not going to help your photography team to get the best lighting for your candid shots on the dancefloor.
Then there's the additional considerations or request that live performers bring with them. For instance, the DJ you like the best may stipulate that you hire lasers and hazer machines to take their performance to the next level. You might also need additional truss structures to affix the lights to if the venue doesn't provide any suitable locations.
+CHOOSE ON TOUR EVENTS FOR YOUR WEDDING LIGHTING NEEDS
The right lighting choices can make all of the difference for your special day. It can be the difference between having the best day of your life, or having a nagging feeling throughout that something isn't quite right.
No matter how much you plan to spend on lighting, it's always best to start with a plan. Talk to your venue first to learn everything you can about the space before consulting the help of an expert wedding lighting specialist such as On Tour Events. We've worked on hundreds of weddings across venues in Surrey, London, and the wider South East region. Not to mention the numerous trips we've made abroad to oversee entire wedding productions.
We will carefully advise you before taking care of all aspects of wedding lighting, including light show design (should you need one), where truss structures should be placed, and which lighting equipment will work best for your venue. We also provide on-site setup and operation by expert technicians (if required).
Regardless of the size of your wedding celebration, don't hesitate to speak to us. We're experts at turning your dream day into a reality.