Light Your Wedding
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Don't assume a lighting design will put you over budget, Retsky says. Truly elaborate designs can be pricey, but basic uplighting starts around $1,000. A full-scale scheme, which could include dance floor and band lighting, highlighting for tables and accents for flowers, can vary a lot, anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000 and up.
Before deciding on a package, find out your venue's installation and removal rules. Putting together lights takes several hours, and labor costs could shoot up if time is crunched. Also ask about power requirements: You may need to pay for an added generator.
Keep in mind that a lighting scheme could let you cut other costs. Strategically lit centerpieces, for example, can look more elaborate, Tutera says—so you might get by with fewer blooms. “Proper lighting will not only enhance your decor but will make it seem like so much more.”