(Closed) What to do about UGLY reception lighting?

posted 4 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Do you have a picture? Do the lights dim at all? I know you said no open flames but what about protected? Like in a lantern?

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

You should ask if the lights dim. Our reception venue has ugly ass lights, but they apparently dim. Also, Christmas lights are a great idea, and you wouldn’t need multiple outlets if you kept them in really long strands. Also, if you have a DJ, you could ask them what lighting they will be providing. It’ll be okay! 

Also, maybe you could use lamps or something like that? 

If worse comes to worse, using electric candles won’t be the end of the world. Hide them inside some really pretty centerpieces, and you’re golden.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Gels, like are used in professional lighting, could change the quality of light to a nice soft amber. You can get them at prof lighting/camera stores or order online.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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Peaceoutboyscout:  You are so focussing on the wrong thing. You have a beautiful venue. Those wooden arches are to die for.

An easy cover up is to hang parasols or umbrellas from the ceiling.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

The ceiling is gorgeous!  I would emphasize it by using cafe lights like shown in jules’ picture.  

http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/p/25-G50-Clear-Globe-String-Lights-E17-Bulbs-12-Space-Green-Wire-58897.htm?s=g&camp=SPLA-PatioLights&med=pla&gclid=CLmg19edqMsCFQFahgodNfMDTg <-25 feet long for $25

http://www.lightsforalloccasions.com/p-1084-globe-string-lights-15-inch-e12-bulbs-25-foot-white-wire-c7-strand-clear.aspx?gclid=CLrV0tedqMsCFVNZhgodS20D_w <- 25 feet for $15 (but white in color)

One of the pictures you sent includes christmas lights so clearly it is possible

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

If you tape these to the lights (you pick a color I just picked the most flattering for women cuz that’s how I roll) — you can use gaffers tape and it won’t leave a residue or anything. You could still hang cute things like julies showed above. These just change the light to a more candlelight feeling, a softer warmer feeling.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Rosco-Roscolux-Bastard-Effects-Lighting/dp/B000B73PNG/

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Gels are like cellophane but made to withstand high heat – they’re used in theater and film to colour light. Easy to put on a fluorescent light – just tape it into a roll and slide over the tube.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Not sure if it helps but my DJ recommended a Chauvet gigbar with lasers and LED party lights for us.  You can have the main lights be “natural” colors then turn on the party lights when it is time to dance.

But FWIW I didn’t even notice the lighting in your pictures.  Just the beautiful wooden arches.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Honestly…no one is going to notice the lighting. They are going to be in awe of the awesome room. It’s beautiful! 🙂 

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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Peaceoutboyscout:  gels would go over the outside box holding the light fixture, attached with gaffers tape. It’s how professional shoots control the color of light. Amber is very flattering, that’s why I suggested it.

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