(Closed) lighting: how much are you spending/budgeting

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I’m definitely a candles and uplighting kinda girl as opposed to a heavy floral girl . . . I don’t have the final proposal yet though . . . .

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think we’re budgeting about $50 for lighting. We’re buying a bunch of white string lights when they go on sale this fall and I’ve been watching to see if some specific lights are going on sale at Target. No candles allowed in our venue (insurance risk), so I can’t help you out there, sorry.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Funny that you should post this, I just talked to our lighting vendor today. Like you said, it all really depends, there’s a few variables in play, but for our venue it’s going to run around $1,500-2,000. But that’s for wireless LED lights in a ballroom that can fit up to 650 people. The vendor also has options at the $750.00 level, so it’s my variables that are pushing the cost up. Also, I live in Los Angeles…we’ve got a sunshine tax or something is going on Tongue out

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I spent about $60 on candles and its going to be around $120 for uplighting on the wall behind the main table…. I am so excited 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It depends what you want to do, and what kinds of lights you use.  If you use LED uplights they are more than double what basic PAR cans cost.  Also, from my experience, most places don’t let you rent their LED lights because they are more complicated and require staff at the reception.  There are different ways to light the room.  You can do a color wash (that lights the entire wall and gives the room a ‘glowing’ look) or you can do uplights up the walls (it looks like a spotlight up the wall).  I’m doing less florals and more lighting and candles at my reception.  To stay in my budget I am only doing uplights behind the head table, and am able to rent PAR cans with the stands for $30 a piece, including the color gels.  When I was talking to my lighting company about lighting my entire room I was given an estimate around $800. I hope this helps a little bit!

 

color wash:

uplighting:

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a 500 person ballroom and we have 20 tables as well as our headtable, just to give you an idea of size. We are paying $3,000 for the following.

Lights to line the staircase that we enter through

Lights around the cake

Centerpiece uplighting with 4 lights around

Hanging lanterns with hanging candles mixed in

Lights at the head table

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Our quote was about $500 for uplighting on 8 columns and some sort of dance floor effect. He’s lighting our room for a different wedding in a few weeks, so we’re waiting to see what that looks like!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I learned a very important lesson about this just yesterday – get several quotes.  The first lighting company I talked to quoted me $1100 for Japanese lanterns and spot lighting on the cake.  It was a very reputable company and they do awesome work, so I thought I’d just go with that.  Then I asked a smaller, newer company about doing the same work and they quoted me $400.  For the exact same thing.  I’ve seen photos of their work and it looks just like the bigger company’s work.  So it’s worth shopping around.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ohh and of course the uplighting for the entire room.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We’re doing TONS of candles, but no real lighting that you would get from a vendor.  Candles are our centerpieces, in mason jars on the window sills, bar, and other tables, votive scattered everywhere, etc. I just went to Michaels once when I had a great coupon that was like 20% off you entire purchase, and I cleaned them out of candles, lol.  The kid at the check out thought I was nuts.  I probably spent over $100 total just on candles, but I know it was way less than I would have spent on floral centerpieces.  Then the vases, mason jars, and other decor items to go with the candles were probably another 100-150. Overall our reception decorations came out to cost less than the bouquets and boutonnieres.  Plus our venue has these amazing arches of birch and willow branches which are all lit with Christmas lights, and those are free.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re doing 3 candles on each table that come with the venue.  Other than that we’re not really doing any other lighting at the venue provides/does most of it.  I asked our event planner at the venue if we should arrange for more, as I think the room looks beautiful as is, and she said almost all couples don’t add more….so that’s good enough for me!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We are paying about $2400 for lighting-uplighting in cocktail hour and reception rooms, intelligent lighting in reception room and monogram.

We are also using a ton of candles…

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2007

As bryce234 mentioned, be sure to check with several vendors before making a decision.  Don’t just look at the base price, you will want to see a quote because many vendors add in delivery, labor and even charge for electricity (ridiculous because the venue typically pays electricity).  I own a lighting company and our packages are all inclusive (although we do add delivery when driving a long distance). Don’t be afraid to go with the smaller, newer company, just check out photos, find out their previous experience or training and make sure you’re comfortable with what they are able to show or tell you.  Our company was started in January but we have over 10 years experience in the field. I would guess many others going into lighting would have previous experience.   

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