Post # 1
We just had our consultation with the lighting company and were quoted $1200. Just wondering what the rest of you guys were budgeting/spending on lighting for your venue? It makes me sick to spend so much on lighting, but this company has done a lot of events with our venue and the before/after photos are amazing!
Post # 3
It’s impossible to say without knowing a lot more about the venue and what kind of rigging is required to light it. Ours is considerably more, but there’s a lot of work involved.
Post # 4
@adoc86: I was quoted by one company $300 for a strand of 25′ cafe lights. $300! And there was a 3 string minimum so it would have been $900 not including setup and breakdown. Instead, we went with another person charging us $100 for 3 strands which includes him hanging them and taking them down!!! The real crazy thing is that I’m pretty sure the event company contracts this guy for his services for their company!
But yea, of course it depends on the space and what type of lights you’re getting.
Post # 5
I’m DIYing our lighting. Between candles and string lights, I don’t see why I would bother hiring anyone (we aren’t doing anything theatrical, so it really doesn’t need a professionals hand)
Post # 6
We’re mainly doing all uplighting with a couple pinspotting areas… I know I can just rent the lights but I’m not sure I want to be experimenting with this on the day of my wedding…
Post # 7
@adoc86: We are getting gobo lights with trees on the wall, we’re paying about $700 total for 6 gobo lights which will work for our venue.
Post # 8
If we go with the DJ who my photographer recommended, we get 10 uplights in whatever color we want and a Gobo Initial light for free with the package (I think he charges $200 for it).
Post # 9
We are also getting uplighting from our DJ…similiar package as Anise for around $200? Although we did get quotes as high as $5000!!!
Post # 10
my venue has nice lights, there are chandeliers and a fireplace and stuff too. we will also be decorating with our own candles and string lights, and our DJ is bringing lights for the dance floor. so i’m not sure what other lighting you would need?
Post # 11
All of our lighting was DIY. We had 127 paper lanterns with various lighting arrangements, 8 uplights, candle centerpieces, and backlit menus and food signs. Details are here.
Post # 12
I am DIYing our lighting and re-creating the following set-up in the same space. It will cost us around $350 for the lights, ropes and then additional candles/tea lights.
Post # 13
@adoc86: I really didn’t price out lighting at all, as I wasn’t going to worry about it. But we do have the following options included with our dj package:
- 8 LED uplights
- 1 LED colorwash light
- 3 club quality LED dance lights- mounted on a T-Bar
- 1 LED mirror ball effec
We are paying about $1300 (including tax) for our DJ package, which includes 2 dj’s for 7 hours of music as well – for ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and reception – if that might give you an idea!
Post # 14
@adoc86: we have uplighting and ti’s only running us $350 as part of the DJ package
Post # 15
I estimate i’ll be spending at least $600 on lighting.
Post # 16
Other than about $40 I’m spending on some LED tealight candles and candle holders, we’re not planning on doing anything for lighting….
We’re having it in a museum, so you can’t hang lights on the wall or ceiling, and no open-flames. I figure there will be enough lights anyway pointed at the exhibits, that I don’t need extra lighting. Is that weird?