Is Paying For Additional Lighting Necessary?


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Dear Preston:

My daughter is getting married in June and I rented one of the most beautiful ballrooms at a very high price. I was OK paying for the space, but you can imagine my surprise when I was told by my event designer that I needed to pay an additional $15,000 in order bring in a lighting company to light high centerpieces.

Is this necessary? I think this should paid for by the ballroom, not me.

In the dark

Dear In the dark:

Of course, I can understand your surprise (shock, really). To be honest, someone should have warned you about this additional cost beforehand. That said, as a designer, there is no question in my mind that lighting can make or brake the look of a wedding. Most ballrooms have beautiful all over lighting, but few of them provide pin spots for each table. I am sure this is the reasoning behind the decision to pay for the extra lighting. The reason is that it would be a great shame to create beautiful centerpieces and not be able to see the wonderful colors in them.

In my opinion, this is a must if you want to create a beautiful wedding for your daughter. The only time I might suggest skipping additional lighting is when you’re doing all white flowers. Somehow, the color white gets away with additional lighting at night.

Readers: What are your thoughts on additional lighting? What is your best advice for this mother?