Make memories with special lights, music

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If you want to up the drama factor at your reception, you could start a fight with your in-laws---or you might want to go for the safer choice of letting your imagination take flight with your music and lighting options.

“We’re seeing a lot more brides asking for specialty lighting and choosing unique music,” said Angel Farris, private events director for Walnut Creek Country Club. “When you get creative in these areas you can make your reception very memorable, often without adding much additional expense.”

One option that Farris endorses is pin lighting, a type of narrowly-focused spotlighting that can be used selectively at your reception venue.

“We can pin your centerpieces or your cake, and as the lights go down during evening receptions, they will still show up and create a dramatic look,” explained Farris.

“Brides usually spend a lot of money on centerpieces and cakes, so it’s a shame to lose the effect when the room is darkened,” she said. “Pin lighting illuminates whatever you want to highlight, and really makes a pop.”

Another choice Farris recommends is specially-colored lighting that reinforces the wedding’s signature colors.

“If it’s a coral wedding, then coral lighting it is,” she said. “We can do accent colors, all-over soft hues or color wash a wall. We’ll try to bring to life any creative idea the bride has.”

Musically speaking, Farris said that the receptions that stand out are ones where couples surprise each other or their guests.

“We had one wedding where the groom had a song that was special to them,” she said. “He got down on one knee and serenaded her, and it was very sweet and touching.

“Again, if you’re looking for an idea, or you have a big idea you want to implement, talk to us about it,” she said. “We can let you know how you might pull it off. We may even help you realize that there’s something you have forgotten to think about.

“We detail everything in advance, and I always make sure I have contact information for your vendors so that I can troubleshoot for you if something comes up,” she added. “On the day of the event, we want you to be free to enjoy everything without stress.”

Lighting up your wedding reception

Pin lights, spotlights and colored gels: All are reliable, easy-to-execute options for reinforcing your wedding colors and highlighting anything from the bride to the cake to the punch bowl.

Edison light bulbs: This out-of-the ordinary choice complements both retro-themed and urban settings and creates a sleek, modern look.

String lights: This popular option creates a charming, whimsical look for outdoor and indoor events. You can increase the wow factor by using string lights in wine bottles, baskets or other unexpected places.

Candles: A very romantic choice, electric or flame candles may be hung from overhead, floated on water, placed on serving trays, or used to illuminate entrances and architectural elements. If you’re going for an eclectic effect, try mixing up your candles in same-color containers of assorted styles and shapes.

Memorable music

Stage a surprise: “Our song” options are expected, but you can surprise your guests---and your partner---by playing an “always reminds me of you” song that you’ve never told anyone about.

Celebrate your guests: Family and wedding party members invest their fair share of time and expense into making your wedding special, too. You can honor their contributions by surprising each with a special song played during the ceremony or the reception, like a favorite tune or college fight song, or even a musical selection that was meaningful at their own weddings.

Think outside the DJ: DJs and church soloists are wedding industry staples for good reasons, but you might also consider incorporating music from other sources. Guitarists, flautists (flute players), jazz trios and choirs are just a few options that can add romance, drama or dazzle to your ceremony or reception.

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