When it comes to event lighting design, adhere to these basic tips and you'll be extremely happy with the results.
Make sure you have enough lighting to cover your venue! We've seen events where the lighting was just enough to illuminate a specific object/item. This typically results in a need to bring up the house lights drastically reducing the dramatic look and feel (and the purpose) of event lighting.
Best practices for wedding lighting is to lower all ambient light to about twenty percent. Use wedding lighting to focus the attention of your guests on key elements such as the dance floor, entrance, cake, floral etc.
Check out your site at least once when it's dark outside. Scan the room and notice where the fixed lighting is focused. Uplighting that illuminates the walls, windows and ceiling can draw attention away from the center of the room. You typically want to keep your guests attention on the tables, dance floor and each other.
Think outside your wedding palette when you using colored lights. If you've used green throughout your wedding, shy away from green lighting - it might be too much. Opt for colors that complement all skin tones, like magenta or a soft rose.
If you're having your reception downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul take advantage of the city skyline by keeping lights inside your space off of the windows (to avoid glare). A large loft space can be the perfect setting to use spot lighting. A sleek decor with lights on each centerpiece will create a fresh, modern feel. If your view isn't extraordinary, use lighting to create the same effect.