Hiring a lighting designer may not rank as high on your list of priorities, but we think it should. Though there’s usually about a $1,000 minimum charge, strategic lighting goes a long way. "Lighting intensifies the elements of beauty in a space," says Sid Khera of Eventco Entertainment, eventcoent.com, 562-464-6900. "This dance floor is jazzed up with gobos, which can project a variety of graphics and are an inexpensive way to add texture to a large, flat space," Khera explains of this vivid ballroom scene. "Green and orange uplights romanticize the sheer drapery, which helps reinforce the color scheme, and we also pinspotted the tables to showcase the beautiful centerpieces."