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Remember, lights can definitely set the
mood and make a statement at the same
time, but you must understand and know ex-
actly how to use those lights. There are al-
ways helpful tips that you can utilise in order
to achieve the ideal settings at any wedding
event; bearing in mind wedding events can
also include the stag party, the after party or
even your engagement party.
Wedding Bells discusses with Saleem
Mohammed-Technical Supervisor, Rishi
Singh and Stephan Jaikaran, Lighting Tech-
nicians of All Events Lighting Systems on
the best options on lighting for your event.
Q: What are some pros to having lights at
A: Lighting creates the mood to any event. It
is part of the décor while at the same time
helps transform your wedding into a the-
atrical show bringing together the theme,
décor, drama, emotions and the audience
into one. From the first impression that
one gets when they first enter the door to
any wedding saying "wow" to the décor, to
the point when the party starts and the
entire venue comes to life is all created by
lighting and effects.
Q: What are the different types of lighting?
A: Every event is different but they can all
emcompass in some form Ambiance
Lighting, Theatrical & Special Effects
Lighting and Party Lighting.
Q: What makes them different?
A: Ambiance lighting is used in two major
ways either as architectural/décor or
mood lighting. As décor, the lighting is
used to "Wash/Paint" colour effects of
various elments in the venue, such as ceil-
ing, walls, backdrops and props. It is also
used to highlight foliage and other decora-
tive items that are attached to your indoor
and outdoor surfaces and décor.
Theatrical & Special Effect Lighting cre-
ates the show in every event. Even though
it's a wedding it can still be a production. It
brings various elements to life or draws
attention to different things at different
times (eg. the room is set in a shimmery
white hue while the speeches are proceed-
ing. As soon as that is complete and the
cutting of cake is announced, the room
fades into a light blue with a spot light
only on the cake and the couple drawing
attention to that area creates a mood
change in your audience). It is the lighting
that changes the mood and setting within
the same venue. Special Effect lighting
can also be in the form of Patterns and
Logos, where the couple may want their
names written out and moving around the
room or a symbol that has meaning to
them or they just like. Both Ambiance and
Theatrical Lighting work hand in hand.
Party Lighting is used to create a lounge
and party vibe. This can be created using
many different lighting fixtures depending
on the client's budget, the layout of the
venue and the feel they would like to cre-
ate. A few effects that are common in-
volve colour fading or quick changing
along with strobing and blasts, the disco
ball effect and also light movement ef-
fects with various patterns. Fog, bubbles
and confetti are also very popular.
Q: Is there any difference when lighting a wedding
event that is indoor as opposed to outdoor?
A: Generally the basics for lighting applies both for
indoor and outdoor.
The major difference that exists is that the mood
is more difficult to create outdoors as the envi-
ronment is not as easily controlled and the type
of fixtures that can be used outdoor may be
sometimes limited. You have factors to consider
outdoors such as sun and moon light, other pe-
riphery lighting, wind which affects your fog, bub-
bles etc, rain and a possible increase in the
infrastructure needed to position lights. Overall
the same effect and mood can be created in both
Q: What should couples know when choosing
colour lights to go along with their theme?
A: Lighting can be used to either compliment or con-
trast with a wedding theme. Don't always look
only at colours that are within your theme. Think
outside of the box when you're using coloured
lights. If you've used green throughout your wed-
ding, stay away from green lighting; it will be too
much and lost in the sea of colour from the deco-
rative elements. Opt for colours that complement
the area, like purple or pink. Take advantage of
the effect colour can have on the atmosphere by
changing the shades through the course of the
night. For example, if your cocktail hour starts
around sunset, you can wash the room with gold.
During dinner and the reception part, consider
soft lighting, like pale pink and orange.
At the party segment, the lighting would be con-
trolled to go with the music creating that club
feel using various programmes built on an Expert
Lighting Controller, where the possibilities are
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