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Wedding Lighting Language – In the Know

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. 

Christmas Lighting Hire – Fairy Lights

Festive Fairy Lights – Bring Festive Brilliance and Animation to your Christmas Party or Wedding.

Chirstmas Fairy Lights

 

As we are entering the season of everything sparkly, I thought it would be appropriate to write up about our twinkly fairy lights that will glisten and glow bringing a festive flare to any Christmas themed wedding or party.

Whether you are aiming to bring subtle brightening outside or a warm ambient glow to the indoor furnishings; nestling fairy lights into the any party venues fixtures will radiate refinement adding the shimmer and shine and enriching the festive mood.

 

Indoor Fairy Lighting

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You can ignite the Christmas Party cheer with warm illumination and merry sparkle. Decorate your windowsills with our Fairy Lighting and LED Candles bringing a hearty feel to the room.

Furthermore, you could enhance features by draping in fireplaces or wrapping beams aspects (pictured right)

Rather than having a vivid affect, you may wish the fairy lighting to command the room with  Fairy Light Backdrops or Canopies.

 

Fairy Lighting Canopy - BarnBackdrops look fantastic behind you evening entertainment and wedding cake or it makes a perfect accompaniment that brings that additional finesse to your weddings top table décor.

My personal favourite is the effect of Canopy Lights.   This lighting décor looks amazing in barn structures and marquees completing the room with the perfect incandescence they generate.

 

 

Outdoor Fairy Lighting

A solution to providing outdoor lights for wedding and party guests is to ignite outdoor features with the addition of Fairy Lights.  This will give your guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy the evening.  Options for this include illuminating garden borders such as foliage, trees or fencing.  Another may be path walkways to distinguish an approach or entrance.

Picture (below) illustrates our outdoor fairy lighting at Hengrave Hall.

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Further Christmas lighting Ideas / Contact Us

 

To further your Christmas  vision, we have Gobo templates in stock that project festive snowflakes to complement your Christmas affair.

You can find our DJ’s performing and lighting for the Christmas season at Wivenhoe House, The Hangar at Kesgrave, Le Talbooth and Suffolk Food Hall.

 

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We have various décor options in our hire stock from white Christmas trees and further lighting choices. To find out more, please contact us and we will be help bring your ideas to fruition

Questions about Gobo Projection Hire?

The Curious Case of the Gobo Projection

 Gobo Projection

Ever wondered what a Gobo Projection is?

I had no idea until I started working at Dreamwave Events.  I found a Gobo Projection is a stencil placed in front of a light that controls the shape emitted.  The shape can be pretty much anything!

This remarkable idea is simple, yet unforgettable and positively effective. A Gobo projection will make an impressive and immediate impact on your guests at any wedding, party or corporate event.

 

What choices of Gobo can Dreamwave Events Provide?

Generic Gobo Projection Templates in stock

At Dreamwave we have Gobo Projection Templates in stock of basic images to enhance a theme.  Templates include snowflakes (perfect for your Christmas wedding or party) or stars along with my personal favourite, woodland.  We used the woodland template a short time ago  in “A Midsummer Nights Dream” themed wedding.

For your wedding party we also have a “Mr and Mrs” template to project to introduce yourselves as the newlyweds to begin your lives together as husband and wife. Alternatively how about:

 

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Our design team can also produce a customised and meaningful Gobo projection that can truly personalise your party or event.

You could illuminate your initials and date onto the wall for your wedding’s evening party.  You then get to keep the template as wedding memorabilia.

Or alternatively perhaps a business logo for a corporate event to give your conference or party further impact!

 

So the options of Gobo design are limitless and can be either simple and impressionable or significantly intricate. Each option results in an impressive memorable projection that is visually entertaining and revives the most uninteresting surface.

 

Gobo Projection

The price is dependent on the design intricacy and the materials need to produce the overall arrangement. Metal Gobos cost less and are generally used for basic designs.  Glass is more expensive  as it is required to support the more complicated gobo composition.  This material allows the image to be projected clearly.

Contact Us

To find out more about our Gobo Projections, please contact Dreamwave Events.  We will be happy to answer any questions you have.  I hope you found my blog post useful!

 

 

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