by: Rich Stine, Blue Steel Lighting Design
When you first begin planning your wedding, one of the initial considerations that every bride faces is what kind of “theme” she wants for her celebration. It might be a color scheme that is creatively woven into all aspects of the wedding from printed products through décor. A theme might invoke a motif like a monogram, a special feeling like “sophisticated”, or an elaborate homage to an era, hobby or shared love. There are limitless themes to choose from and even more inspired ways to incorporate them into your wedding.
If you love all things “Glam” you may select lots of sparkly, reflective elements lit sumptuously with uplights and dramatic pin spots on the most jaw-dropping pieces. A really elegant, upscale presentation might even include lighting with multiple decadent chandeliers dripping with crystal and light. Add drama to your formal dances with effects like the Dance Floor Wash, where an entire room goes dark and only the dance floor is lit to help usher the newlyweds in, often to their first dance.
Do you have simpler tastes? The natural elegance of the popular “Rustic” theme may be more your speed. Instead of chandeliers, have string lights artfully suspended from one side of an old barn to the other. Use mason jars with floating candles to complement “fresh-from-the-garden” centerpieces that can be softly highlighted with pin spots. Surround your dance floor with hay bales and project your monogram elegantly on the center with a custom gobo. Celebrate what is inherent in the atmosphere that you’ve chosen and love.
“Vintage” opens up worlds of possibilities – colorful lights that look almost like you’re seeing an event through stained-glass or contrasting 50’s black and white with bold lighting. Have a turn-of-the-century garden party complete with paper lanterns strung at various levels accenting a beautiful white pole tent. The theme is so diverse that you can demonstrate your love of any bygone era with just a little bit of creative thought.
Do you share the love of a hobby or pastime? You might both love travel, or reading historical novels, or even a sport like football or bowling. You can elegantly tie in the names of your favorite teams, countries you have visited, or authors you both love to read into your centerpieces, table names and accent pieces. Your favors might be tea bags from the country in which you met, or peanuts à la the stadium you both love most. Don’t limit yourself to cut flower centerpieces – incorporate favorite seasonal fruits from your childhood family farm or stack antique-looking books beneath urns of blooms in your color to add character. Just make sure that guests are given the best chance of picking up on your design elements. Consult with your lighting professional to determine which pieces should have pin spots to draw attention to them and ask for guidance on other ways to “bring them to light”.
There are so many different ways to theme a wedding. Ensure that your celebration is as meaningful and personal as possible by choosing a theme that reflects your unique couple personality.
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