Lighting Your Wedding for the Best Pictures
This is a topic that comes up many times among brides- and grooms-to-be. Many are concerned that the lighting in a space will hinder great wedding photographs. However, the truth of the matter is that a great photographer can turn any space into the set for wonderful photos. He or she will bring various flashes for cameras, will adjust shutter speeds to counteract a lack of light, may utilize diffusers, and will align the camera to capture the shot from the perfect angle. These are skills that the artists learn through education and experience, which leaves you free to enjoy your event without concern for how the pictures will turn out.
That being said, there are many ways that you can play with light, if you want to set the mood and enhance the photos taken during your reception.
- Cluster Candles Rather than placing one candle at the center of each table, cluster them to maximize the lighting achieved. The look will be amazing and it really will add a special glow to your day.
- Suspended Candles Suspended candles are also beautiful. Consider hanging candle chandeliers, affix candle holders to walls and columns, or hang small lanterns from tall special centerpieces.
- Light Wrap Trees or Columns If there are columns in the event hall, you could wrap them with twinkle lights for additional mood lighting. Others have brought in fake trees and lit them in the same manner.
- Lit Canopy Rather than hanging streamers or fabric from the ceiling of the reception hall, consider hanging and draping strings of light instead.
Incorporating one or more of these lighting concepts into your wedding plan can mean a brighter space, and that may just lead to better photos. If you are really concerned, meet with your photographer at the venue prior to the wedding day to discuss options.