- 7 years ago
- Wedding: April 2014
The small Catholic church I’m thinking about getting married in is the one my fiance grew up in. It’s a fairly plain but prayerful and I’d even say charming space – with the overhead lights off. Sadly, said lights are flourescent (and they are old and some of the bulbs flicker)… and once they’re flipped on, the space immediately looks and feels significantly cheapened. I’d love to leave them off, but it’s just too dim for a ceremony that way, even in the early afternoon.
(Yes, I know the aesthetics are not what make it sacred… but bear with me!)
Do you think there would be any problem with bringing in some low-key, uncolored lighting that we could put along the walls or near the altar or something, ANYTHING instead of using those fluorescents? We wouldn’t need much. I need to rent lighting for the reception anyway, so we could probably double-use them (my plan for our flowers is similar).
I remember Easter vigil masses where only candles were used to light the interior of the church, to stunning effect – but that’s at night, and though it would be lovely, I don’t think adding a load of extra candles would cut it in this case (not to mention the hazard).
If you have experience with this (successful or unsuccessful), it would be awesome to hear it! If not, I would still love to know what you think!