Wedding Lighting

Written by Samuel Wong
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If you're planning an outdoor wedding during daylight hours, you're probably leaving the lighting up to Mother Nature. San Diego is one of the best places to have an outdoor wedding. Even in the middle of winter, temperatures can remain in the mild 70s. You can get sun and sand year round in neighboring Arizona, but for some reason it's not quite the same.

It's only when you move the festivities indoors that lighting becomes an issue. The reception hall may have floor to ceiling windows, but after the sun goes down, it's up to you to create the right mood. You don't want the lighting to be too harsh and you don't want it to be so dim that people can't see what they're eating.

Light up Your Wedding

Some reception halls come equipped with overhead fluorescent lighting. While this lighting is effective, it can make skin tones appear off-color and make recorded video have a washed out, greenish hue. It's best to have incandescent lighting for your reception or any other nighttime or outdoor events. Incandescent lighting can create warm pools of lighting. Incandescent bulbs can also be dimmed, so you can turn the lights down during dinner, and turn them back up when it's time for dancing.

The dance floor can be enhanced with lighting as well. Who can't resist the urge to get down when "Shake Your Booty" blasts through the speakers while a disco ball sparkles overhead? Flashing colored lights that turn on and off in time to the music can create the feel of an exclusive nightclub. Consider adding a few strobe lights to add even more flash to the event.

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