The quality of light is probably the biggest factor in getting good photos on your wedding day. Since I’m a professional I can work in all sorts of different lighting conditions… and each different kind produces different photos. While the subtleties may not be obvious to someone who isn’t a professional photographer, you know exactly what I mean. It’s why you can’t get those yummy, golden, glowing photos when it is cloudy out, or even at noon on a sunny day. The light just isn’t right. And while you can’t control the weather on your wedding day you can control the light in your reception! It’s a commonly overlooked part of reception decor that can make a huge difference.
I’m not saying you have to have colored lighting at your reception. I photograph tons of weddings without it. And I love those photos. (See pictures above) However, if you really want a vibrant, bright wedding, just consider the possibility of adding uplighting to your reception. I say uplighting specifically, because that is what will make the biggest difference in your decor. (See these fun colored photos below!) Without uplighting those walls would have been a neutral color, or possibly a faint yellowish. The lights make them fun and vibrant for these photos. Many LED lights these days can easily change color throughout the evening so you can have different colors for different portions of the evening (pink for bouquet toss and blue for garter) or you can have them change frequently and then you will have multicolored dancing photos. If you can, hire a professional lighting company to do your uplighting.
If you can’t afford a professional lighting company check with your venue or DJ and see what they have. Many DJs have lights that they can bring to a wedding. If you want, feel free to have them bring their uplighting, or swirly discoish light balls (I don’t know what they are called) but please do not, under any circumstances, let them bring in lasers (do you want little green acne dots all over your face?) or colored spotlights for the dance floor (again, I guarantee that purple and green spotlights on you during your first dance will NOT look good.) If you have any concerns about what lights to use or not use please ask me! I’d be happy to talk to you about what lights should and shouldn’t be at a wedding 🙂