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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. 

Original Fun Creative Wedding – Captains Wood Barn

When you can do a common thing in an uncommon way; you will command the attention of the world (George Washington Carver).  Sophie Hannah Richardson and Robin certainly achieved that!  Her original and creative wedding day can only be described as EPICCCCCCCCCC!

The Wedding Venue – Captains Wood Barn

Captains Wood Barn set the scene for this awesome day.  Found in 50 acres of Essex woodland, Captains Wood barn can be hired for the whole weekend to be dressed as you please.  This was a perfect choice to allow Sophie’s innovative ideas to be brought to life…and boy, did she do just that!

Alberto & Yago Videography were flown from Barcelona.  With Sophie being an avid and successful vlogger a fab wedding vid was a must have!

” I wanted someone who created more of a music video style wedding film that was edgy, fast-paced and fun to watch”

(Rock n Roll Bride)

 

Creative Wedding – The Lighting and Decor

We are soooo pleased Sophie approached us to take part in her day.  Her natural upbeat and cool personality was emanated on her wedding day with her emphasis on refreshing, original and lavish design .

“We were so happy we picked Dreamwave to create our lighting and DJ area for our wedding. They really listened to what we wanted to achieve and excelled in making it happen. They were a pleasure to work with and we can’t thank them enough for making our ideas come to life! Would 100% recommend to everyone!”

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The Barn – Creative Wedding Lighting

We wanted to create Sophie’s desired style and cool wedding vibe.  Seriously, when you see the end result it will make you want to get married all over again (to the same husband!).

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Go on; swoon over our Festoon belts used to hang Pendant Drops and larger Vintage Filament Lamps of different heights and sizes.  Additional Festoon strings were hung higher in the the barn to add further depth.  Further pendant drops were also added behind the top table as a mini festoon backdrop to create an ideal focal point.

Our “Naked” wire floor standing lampshades added to the overall theme.

The DJ Area – Creative Wedding Decor

Sophie knew exactly how she wanted her reception venue to look.  Captains Wood Barn lent itself to all her ideas.  Our Wooden DJ Booth and Lit studio signs truly complement.

This spectacular couple know how to put on a party.  They hired our top quality DJ Equipment and had additional special effects of Smoke Machines, Moving Heads, Pyrotechnic Confetti Blasts and Vintage Blaze effects on the dance floor.  We have it all at Dreamwave HQ!

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Outside the Barn – Creative Wedding Decor

The outdoor covered barn was the ideal place to feature some additional lighting and decor for guests to catch some fresh air in the evening.  A full festoon backdrop completely lit the back wall to illuminate the area and our Retro Lampshades hanging from the barn ceiling.

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Additional Outdoor Lighting

What wedding outdoor lighting doesn’t need a festoon walkway to guide the way?  The difference is, is that this pathway, in true wedfest style,  had a flame beacon at the end of it – yep a bonfire!

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You can also see this wedding featured in “Rock n Roll Bride”

Sophie knew from the outset that her wedding would be anything but conventional – The Pastel Palm Springs inspired theme incorporating California and Cacti caught the attention of Rock n Roll Bride – the bible for the alternative bride!

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Sophie and Robin managed to balance their love of creativity and D.I.Y wedding along with choosing the right professionals who understood their vision.   With the help of Rock the Day Styling to co-ordinate their original concepts, Sophie saw all her ideas come together.

“I cant believe I managed to pull it off and create what had been in my brain for the last year”

(Rock n Roll Bride)

Get in Touch

If you want to be original, be ready to be copied:  This creative wedding is one for the history books when it comes to planning and design.  I know this will illustrate a lot of couple’s wedding goals!  Contact us to see what we can do for you to re-create the look.  Before your do check out what we need to know about your enquiry.

 

Sources:

Photography: Jess Soper Photography

Video: Alberto and Yago Videography

Lighting, Decor and DJ Equipment Hire: Dreamwave Events

Ceremony Venue: St Peters Ad Vincula, Coggeshall

Reception Venue: Captains Wood Barn

Brides Dress: Lazaro

Bride’s Shoes: Dolls Kill

Brides Head Piece: Beretkah

Brides Jacket: Isolated Heroes

Grooms Attire:  ASOS

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jarlo London

Cake: Blondi’s Bakery

Flowers: The Flower Arranger

Glitter Station:  Luna Glitter Bar

Coordinator:  Rock the Day Styling

Furniture: Anthology Vintage Hire

Transport: Whites Chauffeur

 

 

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