Wedding Lighting Design: Worth Every Penny?

A New York Times article recently described a trend in wedding planning involving a focus on lighting design.  The couple featured in the article hired a lighting company to project a personalized “logo” onto the dance floor and onto the bride’s gown during the reception.

There’s certainly no question that wedding budgets can range from shoestring to extravagant.  The most expensive wedding to date cost $60 million, according to Forbes Magazine.  It was the union of Vanisha Mittal (daughter of billionaire Lakshmi Mittal) and investment banker Amit Bhatia back in 2004.  Just to give you an idea: The six-day celebration was held on a 17th-century French chateau, invitations were sent out in a 20 page book made of silver, and the wine tab came out to $1.5 million.

Now, back to lighting design.  Do you think it deserves a prominent place in the average wedding budget (which was approximately $24,070 in 2010)?

There are certainly a number of event planners who will tell you it does. After all, lighting has a significant effect on one of the most important things in the venue: the ambiance.

It’s not illumination for visibility; it’s illumination for atmosphere.

Bentley Meeker, Lighting Designer, worked on Chelsea Clinton’s wedding

Meeker quoted a “small job” as having a price tag around $4,000. However, he explained that when you consider how much lighting design enhances every single element in the room, that money is very cost-effective.

If you spend $25,000 on flowers, and $10,000 on lighting, it may look like you spent $75,000 on flowers.

What do you think: Worth every penny or another unnecessary expense?

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.

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