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Event Lighting 101: All You Need to Know Part 2


Last we met, our Lighting 101 focused on the basic guidelines for event lighting and emphasized the importance of doing your homework on your venue before creating a design plan.  Part 2 is a more in-depth look to help you zero in on the details of your lighting design in order to achieve the look you want for your event.  This is the difference between a hosting a “just fine” event or one with style and pizazz. 


The All Important Do’s

Do wash your florals in light – includes centerpieces, floral halo over dance floor, floral on chuppah or alter and floral arches over doorways.  It will make them pop and add depth to the room.

Do use dimmers for white light washes to control overall design and ambiance. 

Do uplight the perimeter of the room in an elegant color.  You can use candlelight in the beginning of the night, then as the party gets going, change it to something more festive and fun, say in a blue or purple.

Do select your venue before contacting your lighting vendor.  The design process will be much smoother and efficient with a preliminary floor plan to use as a starting point.  

Do wash the seating cards/escort cards and guest book table with light.  It’ll help your guests find their cards easier and they’ll be able to see what they’re signing!

Do light bar and food buffets in tents.  They can get lost in this type of setting.  

Do help your guests see where they’re going! Light valets stands and walkways to assist your guests at an outdoor event.


The Even More Important Don’ts

Don’t uplight your room in green or red.  These colors are terrible for the complexion.  They also do not photograph well and can affect your event’s overall mood.

Don’t uplight in a color then not put light on your floral.  The room will look flat and lack dimension.  

Don’t project a monogram or pattern on a black or black and white dance floor.  No one will see it!  

Don’t uplight the room in white light.  It will be way too bright (police interrogation, anyone?) and your guests will not want to dance to your amazing band or DJ. 

Don’t alternate your uplight color.  It will look stripy and cartoonish, not edgy or cool.  

Don’t always believe what you see on Pinterest!  You can’t tell what has been edited or photo shopped.

Planning an important event takes time (and patience!)  You don’t want to overlook the details that will help you achieve your desired look and feel for the event, but don’t overthink them either. Lighting is an important element for your event.  At its most basic, it helps your guests see at your event; but more importantly, proper lighting shows your guests how to see your event.  Whether it’s romantic, over-the-top dramatic, club-like or rustic elegance, lighting sets the tone.  Consider BEYOND’s Lighting 101 the foundation you can now confidently build upon to create an unforgettable celebration.  You are on your way to hosting a fantastic event!

Event Lighting 101: All You Need to Know Part 1


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Well, it happened.  You finally got engaged to the love of your life and you’re ready to plan your dream wedding.  Or you’re planning the most incredible 40th birthday blowout or your company’s next big do.  Congratulations!  Lighting is an important design element for any event.  Whether you choose subtle uplighting for a candlelit glow or you go big and dramatic with a color rich theme complete with an LED HD Video Dance Floor, lighting will elevate the look and ambiance of your event.  It can also be  used to distract your guests from your least favorite feature(s) of your venue (we’re talking to you dated chintz carpet!)  Before you get started, we thought a two part lesson in lighting would save you some headaches: what works and more importantly, what doesn’t.  Let’s get started!

Dance Floors:  Black glossy and black and white dance floors will not take gobo projections.  Translation: your monogram or brand logo will not be seen!

Drape:  Black and navy are classic colors, but black and navy drape do not light well.  If you decide to go ahead and uplight one of these drape colors, we advise that you double the number of lights to get it to light properly.  The same goes for projecting patterns or gobos on these color drapes.  White light will not show properly on dark drapes, nor will it work well on white drapes.  It becomes too stark.  A neutral color, like gray, is a much better choice.

Floor Plans:  When designing your floor plan, including décor pieces in the room and lighting elements that need power, you need a place to run the cords.  Cords can either be taped down to the floor or if the room has rigging, the power can be run up the wall and across the ceiling.  Some wireless options are available, but they don’t always work.

Rig Points:  If you’d like to incorporate chandeliers or similar hanging elements, your venue must have rig points in the ceiling in order to hang them.  Double check with your venue since some don’t have rig points!  A custom structure can be built, but it is very costly.  Figure out where your venue’s rig points are before you design your floor plan.  The rig points might not always match up with your floor plan and you’ll discover (too late!) you can’t suspend that amazing chandelier because there’s no hang point.    

That was easy enough, wasn’t it?  The takeaway here is to know the particulars of your venue before you spend precious hours designing the event of year just to find out it may not work.   Next time, we’ll go through the Do’s and Don’ts.  Don’t stress, BEYOND is here for you.



Brides of North Texas: Beyond Lighting at Rosewood Crescent


Thank you to Brides of North Texas for this lovely feature in the Spring/Summer 2015 Issue. We very much enjoyed providing the lighting for this beautiful evening at the Rosewood Crescent, as well as working with Alison Baker of DFW Events, the planner of the event.


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Lighting Up The Belo Mansion


We are loving the look of this beautiful reception at the Belo Mansion.. The perfect foundation for an elegant and memorable evening! Planner: DFW Events Photographer: Karlisch Photography


Kirstin & Woody @ City Club Fort Worth


A big thanks to Lightly Photography for sharing Kirstin and Woody’s gorgeous reception at the City Club Fort Worth! We always are a fan of pretty pink uplighting to make the room dazzle following a soft candlelight dinner. The perfect mix of romance and fun! Click the link to see the beautiful spread of photographs that capture the nights essence perfectly!Lightly Photography 2014