Light the Night

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Looking for ways to spice up your reception venue? Think about adding a lighting element, because sometimes those traditional fluorescent bulbs just don’t cut it. Whether you have a flair for the dramatic or prefer a more subtle, quiet ambience, there’s a lighting option out there for you. And the best news? You don’t have to spend a fortune. Glen Goodwin of Goodwin Lighting Services gave us some tips for brides looking to light their night.

Ahh, summer time. Many brides opt for an outdoor reception venue to take advantage of the beautiful Cincinnati weather. String or bistro lights and paper lanterns produce a garden party feel for your outdoor reception.

Photograph by Lily Glass Photography

Even if your reception is indoors, strung lights set the scene for an intimate, cozy affair.

Photography by Glint Studios

Drama, drama, drama. If you have a lot to spend, the sky is the limit on what lighting you can add to give some oomph to your reception. You could project the night sky and full moon onto the walls of your venue.

Have a themed wedding? The experts at Goodwin Lighting Services can design lighting to complement it. They once did a Steampunk-themed wedding, where they projected custom images of gears and pipes onto the walls and ceiling.

Or introduce a pattern that is threaded throughout your décor. “We created a dance floor image using a portion of an elaborate damask pattern from a bride’s invitation,” Goodwin says. “The pattern was then repeated in a different color on table runners and linens.”

Has most of your budget been spent on your gorgeous gown and those to-die-for hors d’oeuvres? No problem! Try a low-cost, high-impact monogram projected onto the dance floor.

If you are looking for more delicate ways to light your venue, keep it simple. Light the table centerpieces and the dance floor with a very subtle color palette and pattern.

Avoid big statements such as a monogram or colored up lights around the room.  Let the focus be on the floral arrangements and create more of an intimate, candle-glow effect on the tables with pin-spot lighting.

Photograph by Leppert Photography

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