Small white lights or strings of basic rope lighting make lovely path liners for wedding ceremonies. Placed in dimly lit areas, they act as beacons for the bride and groom as they journey both towards and away from the altar. The effect is enchanting, and their continuous glow throughout the event enhances the ceremony. These small lights can also be placed on pew aisles and altars.
Wedding receptions require careful light planning. Some people hire special lighting coordinators who will ensure that couples have as much stunning and cutting-edge lighting (or as subtle a glow) as possible. Light coordinators will also work with your photographers to ensure optimal picture possibilities and special-effect planning.
Mirrored balls produce a timeless and thrilling throw of light that spins and dances in rhythmic patterns. These are wonderful additions to receptions, once people are up and dancing. As different hues and colors can be tossed from the ball, it is important to decide just what effect you want. Many people prefer off-white or rosy hues, which are softer and more romantic than bright colors.
Once a reception gets into full swing, it's fun to provide exciting lighting effects. As more and more dancers fill the floor and the music heightens, special and surprising lighting will thrill your guests. The use of a fogger with specialty lights produces a mystique all its own.
Bubble machines work well with colored lights, as the bubbles reflect varied tints and become true flights of fancy. Dance floors are transformed to microcosms of imaginative splendor, and guests will remember dancing amidst colorful bubbles in a fairy-tale world.
Even confetti, launched through compressed-air cannons, will be an amazing sight when combined with the right spotlights. Confetti launching will need to be pre-approved by whoever is in charge of your reception location.
For a more low-key lighting effect, consider using luminarias. These are small, non-flammable boxes that come with pre-cut holes in the shape of hearts, stars, or doves. Simply insert candles, and the boxes come to life with glowing silhouettes that provide a soft, romantic luster. Luminarias lend a dramatically beautiful touch when placed outdoors during evening or nighttime parties.
Candles are a longtime favorite for weddings. Displayed either in elaborate, ornate candelabras, or as single tea lights, they will enrich the atmosphere with their haunting and flickering warmth. Lanterns, hurricane lamps, and votives are more candle options that will influence the overall look of a reception room. You can also order custom wedding candles that tie into specific motifs or styles.
Whether you decide to use soft white lights, colorful strobes, spotlights, or candles, remember that each beam will add its own distinct radiance to your celebration. But the most memorable light of all will come from the magic of a day filled with new and infinite beginnings.