Wedding Lighting Language – In the Know
05 Nov 2018

Wedding Lighting Language – In the Know

Like anything you do not know much about, the jargon can be a bit of a minefield to navigate. I have created this wedding lighting language glossary to give you a helping hand in finding the right lighting for your day.

05 Nov 2018

I want to remind you how important wedding lighting and decor really is!  It can totally transform your space and set the scene for your wedding, accentuating the finer details and allowing you and your guests to enjoy the setting resulting in an amazing day and fabulous photos.  All of which could not happen if you had poor lighting!  To begin your journey, it helps to know the wedding lighting language:

Wedding Lighting Language

OK, so you know you need some sort of lighting at your wedding venue.  The question is what??? With so much choice our there, where do you even begin to start? Obviously, you will need to contact wedding lighting hire suppliers.  It will help to know some of the lingo so when it comes down to the nitty-gritty in the conversation, you will know what they are talking about!

Up-Lighting

One of the most popular lighting effect, due to it’s price, versatility and dramatic impact.  Up-Lighters are units strategically placed on the floor with the light pointing upwards in various choice of colours.  They provide a simple effect with maximum impact on walls and feature areas, both inside and outside.  Wireless options are also available, eliminating the need for outdoor power supply and additional matting to cover undesirable exposed wires.

Spotlight – 

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These are very handy when you want to focus on a specific person or place.  Simply a narrow beam of light that projects onto the chosen area.

Gobo Projection

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A gobo is a template that shines through to project a pattern or custom designed monogram.  Popular surfaces to project upon are onto the dance floor or wall for your evening party.  Read my blog post on gobo projections for further information and ideas.

Festoon Lighting

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Otherwise known as party, festival string lights, pontoons and bistro lighting.  Festoons are essentially wired bulbs attached to a flexible cable.  The atmosphere created by their inviting glow makes them perfect for weddings and can be used over short and vast distances.  An added bonus is that these gems are so on trend right now!

Pendants – 

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A pendant drop is a single suspended light that hangs form the ceiling.  The layout is pretty flexible as arrangements can be produced at various heights and spacing to create your desired affect.  There is also a range  of what can be hung from the pendants.  Different designs are available to suit your wedding theme from industrial lampshades, geometric bulbs to modern LED filament lamps. 

LED Light –

These lights are often used by lighting specialists as they are not only long-lasting and more vibrant in colour, but they are also cost effective.  As they radiate a striking glow, they can also be used with a dimmer to create your desired ambiance.

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Poseur Tables

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This refers to a small drinks table, usually used as a lean to surface.  With regards to lighting, LED Poseur tables are great for an evening function or wedding as they can be set to a colour of your choice or a chase of colours.  Both practical and easy on the eye!

Dry Hire/Wet Hire

Lighting hire specialists often offer two types of service; Dry or Wet Hire.  Dry Hire is where you collect and install the items yourself and Wet Hire is where an expert lighting team will install and create your desired look and then remove it at the end of your event.

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Backdrop

A lighting backdrop essentially describes illuminating the background of an area.  Often used behind top tables and band/DJ performance area.  They are so effective and absolutely stunning!

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Fairy Lighting

OK, so I know fairy lights are well known, but I thought I would include these as they are often just associated with Christmas lighting.  Fairy lights are wired strings with small LED lights attached.  They offer an attractive feature for wedding and events within backdrops, canopies and table decor.

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I hope this little article helps you out on the start of your lighting inquiry journey.  The wedding lighting language vocabulary can be a bit intimidating, like anything, when you do not know the lingo!

Before your inquire, you may also wish to read about what we, as lighting specialists, need to know from you to produce you desired look.  Have a read here. 

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