How To Map Out Your Event Lighting Plan


The early stages of being engaged can be a whirlwind of emotions!

As things start to settle down, it’s important to take some time to envision the wedding day of your dreams. This includes all aspects of the wedding —  from the venue, to your guest list, to your overall vision for decor and lighting.

Lighting is a major facet of your special day and should be considered early on in the planning process. However, don’t feel pressured to break down all the specifics from the get-go. You will have plenty of time to do that down the line.

Here are some considerations on how to map out your event lighting plan.

Consider the vibe.

Event lighting can transform a space into anything your heart desires with the flick of a switch – literally. The question is – what exactly do you want from your lighting? If you envision a dreamy, romantic celebration among your closest family and friends, you’ll definitely need to factor candles into your plan.

Couples who are after more of a light and whimsical feel may find that LED bistro lights will provide them with the look they want.

You can’t start mapping out your lighting plan until you know the vibe you are looking to create.

Professional or DIY – which do you prefer?

The answer to this question will rely heavily on your budget and how much you are comfortable allocating to the lighting aspect of your big day. In some cases, a lighting professional may be necessary to achieve the wedding of your dreams. Oftentimes, they specialize in elaborate schemes that include things like customized monograms, uplights and gobo washes.

DIY lighting can be simple and just as effective with an abundance of candles, hanging lanterns and/or string lights taking the stage.

Who can help you with your lighting ideas?

Now is the time to do some research. Whether you’re planning on hiring a professional lighting specialist or you’re taking the DIY route, you’ll need some help bringing your vision to life. If you have a planner, reach out to see if they have suggestions to help. They may be able to refer you to a specialist or help come up with ideas for your DIY plan. If you’re going the way of DIY lighting, look into online shops to buy your candles, string lights and accessories. You’ll be able to buy them at bulk rate much lower than what you’ll find in a traditional brick-and-mortar store.

Once you have your event lighting plan mapped out, you can start to get an idea of when you’ll need to start knocking out tasks. Although it will depend on your overall wedding planning timeline, be sure you are setting aside enough time to give it your full attention. Lighting is truly what makes an event shine!

Audrey Isaac is the spokesperson for 100 Candles, a wholesale market for candles and lights. Since 2002, thousands of event professionals have entrusted 100 Candles with their wholesale candle accounts. For more information, please visit

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