Lighting Expenses for Your Wedding Reception

Now that you are fluent in lighting language we can talk about pricing. {Disclaimer: these are the average lighting costs that we’ve seen from Dallas vendors. Cost does change frequently and varies upon location.}

Gobo: $300.00

Break up pattern: $375.00

Pin spots: $40.00 per pin spot

Up lights: $40.00 per up light

Color Wash: between $275-$350 depending on the size of the area

Most lighting companies require a minimum dollar amount to be spent on lighting to create your “package”.  Also, set up and delivery charges vary, but are usually 10-15% of the lighting bill.  (So if you are spending $1000 on lighting choices, then you will see an additional $100-150 added for set up and delivery.  Always talk to your lighting professional to see what options they offer and you can creatively use lighitng to add that dramatic element without a dramatic bill, if you have less of a buget to work with. Maybe use pinspotting only for your sweetheart and cake tables, while using uplighting to add color.  Or just a gobo without a color wash or break up pattern behind iton the dance floor?  Maybe just add up lights to architectural details of your reception venue.  There are so many options you can choose from when it comes to lighting.

When choosing your lighting vendor, you want to look for a lighting professional, not someone who has lots of twinkling Christmas lights that can hang them nicely. You want a vendor with nice equipment. It doesn’t need to be the newest top of the line equipment; it just needs to look professional and work well.  This can mean the lovely LED lighting that allows you to change colors at your whim, or the less modern “can” lighting that uses gels to tint the color.  Also don’t forget to look for a love match; you need to be comfortable trusting them and paying them.

If lighting is something you decide you want, make it work for you and your budget!

Happy Planning!

6 Responses

  1. Rental Wedding Lighting
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    Great article! Those prices ring true in the DC area as well from reputable lighting companies. Setup may be a bit more but it depends in the venue. The DIY approach can be effective but requires a couple who can delegate effectively and is already versed in DIY in the rest of their lives. Nothing beats the peace of mind of building a team of experienced professionals to take stress out of a couples wedding day:)

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  5. Megan
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    Do you guys have someone located in the houston area? Or a Recommendation?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Brooke Millis
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      Hi Megan! We can work in the Houston area, although we treat it as a destination wedding. You might look at Belle of the Ball, Significant Events of Texas, or Something to Celebrate in the Houston area if you want someone local.

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