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Lighting plays a big part in establishing both ambience and atmosphere and is a really important aspect to include on the wedding planning check list. Below is a mini guide to the different types of wedding lighting that may want to consider incorporating into your big day.
There’s a very good reason why outdoor ceremonies and wedding photo shoots are so popular. The biggest contributor is the beauty of natural light. It’s not just outdoor weddings that benefit from natural light, indoor venues can also benefit from its glow as well. When judging a venue on the amount of natural light it gets, ensure that all electrical lighting has been switched off.
The location and the time of year will of course impact how much natural light you get. Summer weddings are ideal for brighter lighting but don’t let this put off any winter brides reading this. Rest assured that there are plenty of ways for you to boost natural light including light bulbs that emit ’white’ light, the closest approximation of natural light from an artificial source.
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Featuring candlelight at your wedding can help create a romantic, intimate feel. This will also give off a certain warmth, which is a much needed bonus for weddings held in colder weather conditions. There are so many choices when it comes to candles, from small tea lights used in table centrepieces, to much taller and imposing tapers.
If you’re planning to use candles, be aware of the safety element and ensure that whatever you use is placed on a stable surface well away from any flammable objects. If you plan on having children at your event make sure all candles are well out of their reach.
If you like the idea of using candles but don’t like the thought of using real flames, then flameless candles create an equally great lighting effect. This method will even give you more control over the lighting as some come with different levels of brightness and remote controls.
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Silk Flame Lamps
For a truly dramatic effect, you may want to consider a silk flame lamp. Silk flame lamps are not too pricey and can be easily rented from an event services company. To add a real flare to your wedding would be to go for the real thing, but real flame lamps are considerably more expensive. Make sure you hunt around for the best deal before you finalise your ideas.
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Fairy lights can give your wedding a real magical fairytale feel. They also have the advantage of being versatile in their use from being draped in tree branches, to decorating an a pillar or doorframe.
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Don’t feel restricted to standard lighting colours. Coloured lighting can easily be incorporated into your overall theme and help to create different moods. Why not set the scene with soft pink romantic lighting or a mellow combination of blues and purples. Alternate with reds, yellows and orange for a disco effect that will surely your guests up on the dance floor.
If the venue doesn’t come with much choice of lighting, many DJs or bands will often offer lighting as part of their services. Alternatively you could source an independent event lighting vendor. Be sure to discuss all lighting options up front to find the lighting solution that will best suit your style and theme of wedding.
Don’t feel that you have to stick to just one type of lighting. Get creative and think how you could mix and match!
Rob works at Firemart, a UK based fire safety and prevention company who sell fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment.