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Wedding reception lighting is one of the simplest (and cheapest) ways to completely transform your reception venue. Think about it: You most likely can't repaint bland walls or a ceiling, but by washing the room in colored lighting or an eye-catching projection, you can instantly take the space from so-so to stunning. There are a few ways to find a wedding lighting specialist in your area. First, talk to your venue. They may have a list of preferred vendors or even someone in-house who can take care of your lighting needs. If you are allowed to use your own vendors, get recommendations from friends and family, or use our local resource guide to find wedding lighting experts in your area. Next, assess your wedding location. Try to visit at least once at night so you can see how much lighting you will need. Finally, it is time to decide what kind of wedding lighting you want. There are four basic types of wedding reception lighting: the pin spot (which acts like a spotlight, highlighting certain objects such as your wedding cake), a color wash (which blankets an area in a certain color of light), gobos (which are stencils put over lights to project certain patterns or designs, such as your monogram), and LED lights (which use less electricity than regular incandescent bulbs and are great for accent lighting). Your wedding lighting professional will be able to help you determine your specific wedding decor needs.

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