|Lighting is a wonderful way to enhance the ambiance of your event. We offer various styles of lighting, allowing you to choose as much or as little as you’d like. Each lighting type serves to make your event unique in a different way. Many couples are using LED uplighting to enhance the architecture of the room, and to compliment the colors in their wedding palette. Others may decide to spotlight the floral arrangements to make them stand out in the room. Still others like to add a bit more color and movement with dance lighting, or claim their space with a custom designed monogram (GOBO). You can pick one style for an accent, or combine them for a truly unique ambiance.Below, I’ve included a description and a paragraph explaining the purpose behind each style of lighting (other than it just looking crazy cool!) Also, an expected investment figure so you can have an idea of how to budget for each type of lighting. These rates are pretty much industry standard, and listed for a Saturday event. Understand that some companies may charge tax and a service fee on top of that (we never charge a service fee if we are providing entertainment for the event.)|
Intelligent Dance Lighting
Our dance lighting packages add flare and excitement to your dance floor. The lighting is computer controlled, allowing us to create anything from a subtle wash effect to an ever-changing club feel. Dance lighting also helps to hold the attention of your guests, as we will program the lighting for your event and space – meaning that the lighting always matches the music ambiance. During times when there is no dancing – for toasts, cake cutting, and formal dances – we can spotlight that event in the room or highlight the dance floor for a truly dramatic effect.
Purpose: Dance lighting can create a more fun environment for your guests, and can also be used to highlight different activities, such as the cake cutting, or formal dances. It allows us to adjust the room lighting only from dinner to dancing, and then light the dance floor and other areas more theatrically as needed.
Investment: The overall cost depends on the size of the dance floor and the number of guests, as well as the style that it is lit (from the back, overhead, all corners). Expect to pay $200 – $600.
Up Lighting / Wall Wash
Up lighting helps to create a more dramatic effect throughout the entire ballroom. Lighting of this nature can also help to accentuate the architectural design of your venue, and to tie in the color palette of your event by complimenting those colors with wall lighting. You may choose a small number of accent lights, perhaps on the columns of the ballroom in one of your colors, or go for a more saturated color wash that changes throughout the night.
Purpose: Uplighting lends depth to the room, and provides enough background lighting that the architecture of the space will be visible in your wedding photography. By selecting a range of colors for uplighting, your ballroom can have different looks as the evening progresses. Start with subtle colors for dinner, and choose bold colors for dancing.
Investment: Up-lighitng can either be a single color all night, or set up so that we can change colors during the evening. Color-changing requires more setup, programming, and a computer or other lighting control. For a typical ballroom, you might pay $400 for single color, or $800 for a more dynamic look. Of course, we can do less or more, depending on your desires and the style of the space.
Floral / Table Lighting and Cake Lighting
Floral design is often one of the most time-consuming decisions you will make for your event. Why not add a gallery feel to the arrangements by lighting them individually on each table? This same style of lighting can be used to light cake tables, head tables, and anything you want to “spotlight”.
Purpose: After dinner, the room lighting is usually low enough that your floral arrangements can’t be seen well, if at all. Lighting key arrangements will create more of an artistic look, and ensure that they are visible throughout the night. Many florists will recommend that you reduce your floral budget per arrangement and choose to have each one lit. Don’t forget to light the cake as well!
Investment: You can expect to pay about $45 per talbe for floral lighting (or “pin-spotting”). We assume that half of the arrangements are taller (which usually require lighting from two angles). Rates may differ slightly depending on the mix of arrangment styles & sizes, as well as how the lighting must be installed. Cake lighting is $60 and includes lighting from at least two angles.
Monogram / GOBOs
GOBOs originated in theater, where they were used to create dramatic effects without a lot of expense for props. For example, the sewer scene from Les Miserables just wouldn’t look right with out the sewer grate GOBO used to set the scene location. For special events, we can use this same type of lighting effect to transform your venue to just about any time or place. Custom GOBOs can be used to project almost any design you’d like, from company logos, to your wedding logo, to your names and wedding date. Custom designs can be done in black and white, or full-color. The possibilities are practically endless!
Purpose: GOBO Lighting allows you to add a custom touch to your event, either with a personal monogram or tailored look. Perhaps you would like your names projected on the dance floor, or give the look of moonlight filtering through a tree, or maybe a geographic design on the dance floor. We can use the theme of your invitations to carry your style into the reception.
Investment: Custom designed GOBOS (including design, production and projection) run around $250, and standardly available patterns are a bit less. Again, rigging considerations may alter the total.
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