(Closed) Spending extra for special lighting at your wedding – Is it worth it?

posted 8 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Spending extra for special lighting at your wedding - Is it worth it?
    We spent extra for special lighting and it was so worth it. : (21 votes)
    39 %
    We spent extra for special lighting and regret the expense. : (1 votes)
    2 %
    No, we would like to have special lighting but it is not in our budget. : (10 votes)
    19 %
    No, we are not having special lighting and feel that it is too expensive and unneccessary. : (22 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 3
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We had special lighting, and it had such a huge impact that I can’t imagine not having it! The impact to cost ratio is way lower than with other decor items. I think if you had great lighting, you could definitely cut back other places.

    Post # 4
    1909 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011


    Great question! FH & I have an appointment today to discuss this with a decor specialist…I’ll keep you posted on what we find out 🙂

    Post # 5
    3575 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We had uplighting and it was so worth it.  The color just enveloped the room.  It was perfect. 

    What I did to help me with the expense was I paid $100-200 each month leading up to wedding to the lighting company so I didn’t have to shell out $800 all at once since money was tight due to other wedding expenses.

    Post # 6
    31 posts
    • Wedding: November 2011

    We will have special lighting at our reception. I am an event planner so I personally know the impact lighting makes – it sets the tone more than nice linens or flowers ever could. However, it’s not in everyone’s budget. Prices vary by city, as does everything, so I won’t go into how much we’re spending. But the basics are:

    Uplighting (led’s or cans)

    Pinspotting (for each table – usually the most costly)

    Wash (general room color or dance floor)

    Intelligent lighting (this requires a computer operator, but allows the colors to change..obviously the most expensive)

    My budget is tight too…so even though I would like it all, I will probably be limited to general uplighting and washes, but I still think it’s worth it.

    Post # 8
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We are not having extra lighting because we really don’t think it would be worth it, for us; plus it would be an added expense, and our venue really doesn’t need them. I think it really depends on your venue and the look you are going for.

    Post # 8
    85 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    go to koyalwholesale.com theyve got lights you can buy for a fraction of the cost of a lighting company.

    Post # 9
    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We paid extra and it was worth it.  BUT I can probably say that had we not had it, we wouldn’t know it was missing.  After having it, the pictures are just amazing.

    Post # 10
    321 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I really really wanted uplighting/pin spot lighting too but then after i found out how much it would cost (between $1,000-1500) and that  quote was just for “decent” lighting, I changed my mind.  I mean sure it will look amazing, but I realized it would be better to spend that money on better food and a better DJ or an even a better honeymoon!  I had to rationalize with myself…I know it gives a good color to the room, but honestly…wouldnt your guests prefer to have something else more entertaining than extra lighting…you could use that money for some other fun wedding stuff that will be more memorable…for what its worth, just see if its in your budget…maybe you can find other ways to decorate with candles or just some other creative less expensive option

    Post # 11
    1909 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011


    Ooohh! Thanks for the definitions, I’ll be a little less overwhelmed and intimidated for my consultation 🙂

    Post # 12
    916 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

    Thank you for asking this question! I have been wondering the same thing.

    Post # 13
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I think it depends on the room and what your financial position is.  I do think lighting is a nice touch, but if you are struggling with finances, I don’t think it’s essential. 

    I went back and forth on this and found a vendor whose work I really liked.  It so happened that they were lighting my venue a few months prior to my wedding, so I got a sneak peak of what it would look like.  What I learned is that I didn’t really care for the effect in our room – so, I crossed it off the list.

    See if you can see what uplighting looks at your venue… that may help you decide if you want it or not.

    Post # 14
    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    We got so lucky- our DJ said he would throw in the uplighting for free and it looked AMAZING! $800.00 for a DJ and uplighting. He was awesome!

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