The dress. The venue. The cake. The honeymoon destination. When it comes to wedding planning, there are so many elements that immediately come to mind. But this means that other details can be overlooked, no matter how important they are to the look and feel of your big day.
This is especially true when it comes to wedding lighting. The mere presence — or absence — of light can completely change the look and feel of everything you’ve planned. Want to get more specific? Here are four of the many ways your wedding lights are just important as every other detail you consider.
Light Focuses Your Guests
The right lighting setup will ensure that everyone at the wedding is focused on what’s important at the right moments. This is especially true during your reception, when it’s all about the vows you exchange with your spouse-to-be: too much light on the rest of the room could be distracting and take away from the intimate moment you’re sharing.
Fixtures Play into a Wedding’s Theme
As you plan your wedding, you probably have placed the tablecloths beneath the sample centerpieces to make sure they go with the overall theme of your big day, whatever it may be. You’ve added light fixtures into the mix, too — they may even be part of the venue — but you haven’t done as much to make sure they fit with the look of your wedding.
Low Lighting Creates Intimacy
We’ve already touched on the importance of bright lighting to focus your guests’ attention when necessary. The opposite can be said about low lighting, whether cast from candles, twinkle lights or dimmed overhead bulbs. Rather than create a sense of excitement or entertainment, low lights foster conversation and create a feeling of intimacy amongst you and your guests.
Don’t Forget Natural Light
An outdoor wedding revolves around the presence — or absence — of sunlight. As you plan your big day and begin to factor lighting into your plans, don’t forget how magical the glow of the sun can make your wedding look and feel. The sun’s natural brightness and warmth already bestows us with a wealth of benefits, including mood boosters that’ll do nothing but enhance the feel-good vibe on your big day. Beyond that, though, nothing makes pictures more gorgeous than a backdrop naturally lit by the sun. If you’re hoping to bring sunlight into your ceremony, though, make sure to consider the time of day and the area’s natural climate: you don’t want it so bright that you’re hot and uncomfortable; you also don’t want rain on your big day.