Event lighting is an amazing way to transform any venue from ordinary to extraordinary. More and more event planners are starting to offer lighting packages as a value-added service to clients. Wondering how to get started? This article will explain everything you need to know about setting up event lighting yourself – no experience required!
Uplighting adds splashes of colorful light to the walls of a venue. This is a great way to set the mood or transform a room. Just plug in the uplights and set them on the floor up against the wall. Each uplight covers the wall with color from floor to ceiling. Choose just about any shade of any color! Uplights can be linked together with power cords using a single outlet. Or, use wireless uplights, which are powered by batteries.
Cost: The typical rental cost for uplighting a 100-guest event is about $100 – $200. For subtle accent lighting, I recommend using 6 uplights. This includes one uplight in each corner, and two uplights behind a podium or head table. Otherwise, for a more dramatic look, place uplights around the entire venue, spacing them 5 – 10 feet apart.
Photo Credit Above: Thompson Poole Photography
#2: MONOGRAM LIGHTING
Monogram lighting is a great way to personalize an event. You can put names, logos, or any other message in lights. Monogram lighting packages typically include a custom design, gobo disc, and projector. When the projector arrives, it is pre-loaded with the custom design. All you need to do is plug it in, set it on a table, and point it at a wall.
Cost: Under $100 for a complete monogram lighting package.
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Photo Credit Bottom: Andrea Carney, Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
#3: CAKE SPOTLIGHTS
Show off your client’s cake using spotlights! These are small, battery-operated white lights that highlight a wedding cake, centerpieces, or any other important details. All you do is set it on a table or mount to ceiling, and aim towards the cake or centerpieces.
Cost: Under $30 to highlight a cake.
I hope you enjoy learning how to use event lighting to create a “wow” factor for your next event! For more tips and ideas, check out a free mobile app called the “DIY Wedding Lighting Guide” for iPhone and Android. Happy planning!