by: Lauren

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m all about decor and details. A huge part of what can make or break your wedding’s decor is lighting. A ballroom without lighting is just a ballroom. But add a wash of colored light, and you have an event! Today’s post is from one of our sponsors, MMD Events, and it’s all about using lighting in your decor. I figured I would let the experts speak for this aspect of weddings, and let me tell you- they know their stuff!


You can’t have a discussion about wedding décor these days without considering the power of lighting. It can create space, depth, unique shadowing, and of course light. It emphasizes the hard work one has put into designing their space, and gives an overall completeness to the style of your room. Giving it that “platinum wedding” feel a basic ballroom can be beautifully lit for around $500 – $1000.


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Photo by Limelight Photography


Another wonderful trait of lighting is that it will de-emphasize boring or unpleasant aspects of a room. For example, up-lights, ceiling patterns, and color washing on the dance floor can completely transform a wedding reception venue with putrid yellow walls and a horrific carpet into a completely dreamy venue.


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When shopping for your lighting package, be sure to choose a professional. Lately, I’ve witnessed more and more DJ’s providing lighting as an add-on to their jams. Now, I don’t want to knock any DJ’s, but lighting is a décor element. A lighting professional understands the aesthetic value of lighting and how it shapes the design of your wedding. A DJ or other non-professional may offer a bargain, but a lighting professional adds the value of understanding décor and the style you are trying to achieve.


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Photo by K&K Photography


Thoughtful design is the key here. It does not have to mean expensive. A bargain is only worth it if at the end of the day you got exactly what you wanted. Take my advice, make lighting a part of your budget and hire a professional lighting designer. Then you’ll be one step closer to having exactly what you want for your dream wedding.


So there you have it- you can add an awesome element into your decor with lighting, and it doesn’t have to be ridiculously expensive. Thank you so much to MMD Events for sharing this information with {ELD}! Check out their website and blog to see more of their awesome, edgy work!


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Lauren Grove is the editor and owner of Every Last Detail. A clueless bride-turned-wedding planner, Lauren uses her experiences and knowledge to educate and inspire brides all over the world.

5 responses to {Thursday Tips} Lighting As Decor

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  1. Kendall

    Lighting does have a great effect on the setting and mood of an event. Beautiful pictures and post by the way. Love your blog!

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