Wedding Lighting Ideas: LED Up Lights, Table Under Lighting, Pin Spot, Gobo, Dance Floor & Stage Lights
Are you thinking of using lighting as a part of your wedding reception décor? In this article, we’ll go over the basics on different wedding lighting décor options and their pricing. If you’re not sure how a certain type of lighting usually looks like, all you need to do is Google it for images and plenty will come up.
1) Up lighting. This is definitely the most popular and probably one of the most affordable ways to add class, elegance and sophistication to your wedding. Depending on the size of your main ballroom, you might need anywhere between 8 and 40 fixtures. Up lights can also be used outdoors for decorating buildings, columns, polls, palm trees, etc. The rental service price usually starts at $25 per light and goes all the way up to $75 per fixture, which depends on where you get it and what kind of lights are being used. It’s good to keep in mind that you don’t have to use dozens of fixtures if you’re trying to save money for something else. Even if it’s just a few up lights, they will still look awesome and add a lot!
2) Table under lighting. Oftentimes, the exact same fixtures are used for this as for up lighting but you might need more than one fixture or a special mega bar light to make each table look good. Most couples usually have this type of lighting under their head table and/or the cake table. If you’d like to use this for all the tables, it might be a good idea to consider renting wireless fixtures instead of regular wired lights just so that you don’t have too many power cables taped down all over the floor. The pricing will vary between $50 and $150 per table and it’s definitely a great investment if you have a little bit of extra money that can be spent on your room décor.
3) Pin spot lighting. This is a perfect way to light your cake, table tops and other centerpieces everywhere in the room. We hang the lights on top of special tripod stands and direct the fixtures toward your centerpieces, which creates a very beautiful high end effect and makes it easier for everyone to notice your cake, flowers, photos, candles, champagne glasses, etc. The pricing starts at $25 per light and we usually recommend using at least two fixtures per object. Other companies may charge more while using older lights and you would need to have at least 4 fixtures per centerpiece to get a similar amount of impression from your guests.
4) Dance floor lighting. Basic LED color wash/flood lights are very inexpensive and will add a lot of energy and excitement to your dancing area. They will change colors and various patterns along with music and will set the right mood for the dancing portion of the night. If you don’t have thousands of dollars to pay for your lighting, do not spend money on moving head lights that won’t generate much impression but will cost a lot of money. You can find a decent dance floor lighting rental package for as low as $200-$300, which would include a few different fixtures on a T-stand or a truss.
5) Stage lighting. If you’re planning to have a live band, it might be a good idea to ask them if they offer any stage lighting. If they don’t, we suggest that you contact a lighting rental company that will help you put together a special package for your stage. This is very important because you will probably want your musicians and your DJ to be seen clearly. You might also want to have some kind of a stage light show during their performance to entertain your guests and make it an unforgettable experience. Stage lighting packages usually start at a few hundred dollars and go up to thousands per show. This type of lighting usually requires additional setup time and special lighting truss stands.
6) Gobo projection. If you’d like to have your names, initials, your wedding date or any other special message to be projected on your dance floor, one of the walls or a ceiling, you would need to rent a gobo projector with a custom monogram. The average price for this service is $250-$350 per light. The reason it’s not very cheap is because good gobo projectors are pricey and your rental company would actually have to pay another company to manufacture your gobo, which is usually laser cut and made from steel. Ordering, handling and shipping each gobo takes time and this service has to be arranged in advance. We suggest that you have your gobo projected on a wall instead of a dance floor because usually it will look brighter and more noticeable throughout the night.
We hope that the information above clarifies some aspects of wedding lighting décor and makes it easier for you to make your choices. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our wedding and event lighting rental services, please contact us. Thank you!