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Wedding Tips: How To Use Lighting To Set The Mood For Your Big Day

When it comes to the decor of your wedding and reception, you want to evoke a certain feeling on your guests.  Wedding lighting is one of the best ways to evoke a mood and essential for creating a specific ambiance.  We’ve got some fab wedding tips for you bride’s to be so that when it comes time to design your decor, you’ll think of lighting too — an essential element to a wedding! Click here for more wedding tips about flower ideas for your wedding day .

wedding tips photo credit: Sweet Day Studio | coordination by Lavish Wed

photo credit: Sweet Day Studio | coordination by Lavish Wed

The way you light your wedding can portray an atmosphere of playfulness, warmth, drama, femininity, or romance.  Lighting can take a simple hotel ballroom and literally change the atmosphere — completely!  Click here to see wedding tips on how to pick your wedding venue.  Some lights can even change as the night progresses.

How fun would it be to have the dinner hour in purple lighting and then change to a bright magenta or orange to start the dancing!?  Oh yes, you can do this.  World renowned wedding and event designer Colin Cowie once said,

The saying ‘it’s all about the lighting’ is 100% true. — Colin Cowie, renowned wedding and event designer

When planning your wedding reception, make sure you give your lighting quite a bit of thought. It is what creates the ambiance and vibe of your wedding day and is a fun way to make a huge impact!  Below, we explain several types of wedding lighting and how to incorporate lights in the right way for your wedding day.


Wedding Tips – How To Incorporate Lights To Set The Mood

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Uplighting your reception with a bright color is a great way to distinguish between ceremony and party time. For instance, if a couples’ ceremony is full of monochromatic whites and creams, the same can carry over to the reception but with a fun twist of color added on the walls.  Brightly lit walls add that touch of pizazz that can still be classy and luxurious.


Lighting is a great method to highlight your focal points, such as the cake or your sweetheart table. Lighting doesn’t have to be bright and colorful to make a statement, however, it can be as simple as a spot light or an array of candles on a table. Soft candlelight is extremely romantic and super flattering.

Gobo Light

Have a plain white wall or a boring dance floor area? A great fix for this is through the projection of a monogram or “gobo”. For those of you who don’t know, a gobo is basically a stencil placed in front of a light that projects a picture. They can project a pattern or a quote onto the dance floor or the couples’ names and wedding date. Lighting like this makes a beautiful piece of artwork and a show stopping impression.

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About The Author

Lavish Wed specializes in managing weddings and special events in Southern California. They offer coordination, planning and design services ranging from intimate events to elaborate weddings. Lavish Wed believes that each couple has a purely unique love story, so they approach every wedding with a fresh two weddings are ever the same! For more about weddings and planning, visit Lavish Wed's website Lavish Wed and follow them on Instagram @lavishwed.

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