Wedding Lighting 101

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Lighting can have a dramatic effect on your wedding ceremony and reception. There are many options for adding lighting ambiance to your Colorado wedding ceremony and reception. Here are the basic types of lighting:

Pin spot – A focused beam of light that shines directly onto an object, like a centerpiece or wedding cake, as a highlight effect.

Color wash – There are a few different types of light fixtures that can create a “wash,” which is basically a blanket of colored light covering an entire area.

Gobos – Circular stencils that are put over a light to project a design or pattern. Popular gobo designs are monograms, dates, or any other wedding motifs. The complexity of the design will affect the gobo’s cost — a simple stencil can be stamped out of steel, while a more intricate design must be laser etched out of stainless steel or a glass that can withstand high heat (costing much more than a stamped stencil).

Led – {light-emitting diodes} LED lights are currently popular for weddings because they use much less electricity than regular, incandescent light bulbs. They can sometimes be wireless and very discreet. LEDs are great for color changes and vibrant colors. They’re also common in strands and good for accent lighting.

On Thursday, we will talk about Wedding Lighting Part Two. We’ll talk about choosing the correct lights and color for your Colorado wedding.