Lights Fantastic! Part 2

Next, familiarize yourself with the details. There are many forms and variations on lighting, so we’ve broken down some of the key terms you need to know:

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

Short for light-emitting diodes, LED lights are currently popular for weddings because they use much less electricity (and don’t get as hot) than regular, incandescent light bulbs. This means they can sometimes be wireless, so they’re even that much more discreet. LEDs are great for color changes and vibrant colors. They’re also common in strands and good for accent lighting.

 Other factors to consider for big day lighting include colors (don’t be afraid to use skin-flattering tones like magenta or rose!), positioning and outdoor lighting. If you’re hosting your ceremony outside and it’s going to be sunset or later, it’s important to ensure the ambiance is carried through the entire event. Ashelynn Manor is ready to be lit to perfection—come see us today!

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