Lighting It up on the Dance Floor

We are often asked this question by our clients: “Do we need lighting”? We always answer “It depends on a variety of elements when it comes to dance lighting and up lighting.”

What is your venue like? What time of year are you having your event? Do you have lighting in the budget? And is the lighting a part of your overall aesthetic vision?

What is your venue like:

  • Does your venue already provide lighting that you can use. It could save you money as long as the DJ has access to this during the night.
  • Does your venue have lots of columns? You may consider showcasing them with up lighting.
  • Imagine a rock concert in the dark? Dance lighting sends energy onto the dance floor and can enhance everyone’s experience as no one likes to dance in the dark.

What time of year is your event held at?

  • If it’s during the winter season, then dance lighting and/or uplighting is highly encouraged
  • If it’s summer and your venue has lots of windows and floor to ceiling windows specifically, it may not get dark until at least 10 pm, so the lighting may not be seen until much later. So if you wanted up lighting during dinner, you may want to reconsider this option.
  • If you are having a Christmas holiday corporate event, then the lights make it festive and provide more of a visual and become part of the décor and theme.

Do you have lighting in the budget:

  • Lighting comes in all shapes and sizes and the right light (even 1) can pack a big punch for minimal cost.
  • Lighting packages can vary from $100-$400+
  • Up lighting can be static and be set to specific colors to enhance your décor, the venue, and backdrops. Price can range from $25-$40 each
  • Up lighting, when done well and connected 5-6 ft apart from each other can be static during the dinner hour and then change colors during the dance portion of the evening.

Overall aesthetics in your vision:

  • Some brides have indicated that the colors of the dance lighting do not match their color scheme. This is true. Most lights are green, red, blue, white, yellow. We encourage them to select a lighting package because once the lights are turned down and the dancing starts, people cannot see the centerpieces or any of the other decorations to notice that the color scheme has changed. They want to dance and have fun.
  • If you are having a Christmas holiday corporate event or even a winter theme wedding, then the lights make it festive and provide more of a visual and become part of the décor and theme.