Post # 1
I am struggling with a couple decisions on the lighting for my reception. I plan on having tons of candles on each table but I’m debating whether or not I should also get pin spot lighting to highlight the centerpiece. Would candles and pin spots be too much together? Candles give a soft glow whereas pin spots are sharp and crisp . I just really want my centerpiece to shine (with all the money that’s going into them) but I’m wondering if the glow from candles would be enough. Any advice would be sooo helpful!
Post # 3
I would stick to just candles. I love the effect.
Post # 4
I just had this discussion with my lighting guy – he said that pin spots will completely override any condlelight on the table. Do one or the other, but not both. Also, if you have a tall or very dense centerpiece, keep in mind that you’ll have to light the table from two sides to keep it from looking shadowy and uneven. (pin spots are not usually done from directly above unless your venue has lighting tracks in the ceilng – they are on a post and have an angle to them).
Post # 5
candles and pin spotting have completely different effects. Many lighting companies will actually light from one side, the side that guest enter from to have the greatest impact. Candles, pins and uplighting can all be used in unison if done correctly. The pin is highlighting a tall centerpiece typically and the candles, if they are votives, will not compete with the lighting from the pins. I would ask the lighting company to show you pictures of previous events where they have done both. It looks awesome.
Otherwise, if you are alternating centerpieces, highs and lows, just spot the highs and use candles on the others. Best of both worlds!
Post # 6
i would love to find out more about these, we are having black calla lilies in somewhat short (standard )size vases, like you would get at a normal flower araingment in, we are going for a dark romantic look, we were goning to get red votive candles and put them on the tables (5per table) so my candles would come to $100 all together but i love the look of pin spotting should i do both? its not a popular flower so i cant find any photos… help