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    Lights, Camera, Actionless

    You booked your wedding in a fucking warehouse. Well, basically… If you have chosen a cavernous, vast open space, then you know what? It needs lights. And not the overhead florescent ones, or else we might as well be at an AA meeting, sitting in a circle drinking burnt coffee and eating stale donuts… Specialty lighting, lighting that can transform the look and feel of the space into a spectacular event. Ladies, I’m sorry to have to say it, but if lighting is not in your budget, then this is not your venue.

    Allow me to lay it all out there for you. The moment after that stunning rock is placed on your manicured finger, you have one foot out the door to pick up as many bridal magazines as you can hold. You are breathless as you thumb through each page looking for ideas that could hold the key to everything you envisioned for your day. You are searching for amazing flowers, amazing linen, and an amazing photographer… amazing amazing amazing… But you missed something. Take a closer look at the pictures in the glossy. Those amazing flowers? Why do you think they look that spectacular? It’s all in the lighting kids. I mean I am sure that the flowers are actually incredible, but they are even more incredible because they are lit to look that way. That sexy, romantic glow? Yeah, that’s called uplighting, and if you want it you gotta pay for it. And you should want it, especially if your wedding is in a coliseum.

    So, you ask…How much is this going to cost me? Well, depending on where you are in the country, I would say that the cost would be in line with your flowers if not more. I know, I know… It’s a lot, but ladies, if you want big, then you have to pay for it. Just ask your fiancé’s… I’m sure they felt that same pit in their stomach when they bought your ring. Ouch! But, I think I made my point, yes?

    So, if you are considering a big fucking space for your wedding, then please, for the love of God, light it. Build lighting into your budget. And if you can’t do that, then I hate to say it (again), look for a new venue. 

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    I really can't understand what brides are thinking when they book venues like this! I just had a Bride going crazy looking for a dress..she found one..a gorgeous one..fit her perfect..no alterations needed...but we had or she had a dilemma she never thought about until she found her dress! Her venue was going to be in the family cabin in Wyoming! The way to the cabin was going to be in a winding mountain road in a jeep! The cabin was tucked away in the mountains, with no running water, or electricity with Portable Potties!!!! She was concerned getting her dress dirty..and using the portable potty.....where are the brains these days....I really am beginning to wonder!

    October 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTammy's Bridals

    On the subject of lighting - we often hear that couples don't want to know the videographers are around. Fair enough. Then they light the ceremony with just a couple of rows of candles and wonder why the video is dark and grainy. Hello, People! If you don't want on-camera lights (and we sure don't!) and you'd rather not hear still camera flashes popping and batteries recycling- consider that image making needs light and forget the dim, not-so-romantic lighting that has your guests tripping over one another and your photographer and videographer cursing under their breath while smiling sweetly.

    January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

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