Friday Find It: Wedding Lighting Inspiration

Tampa Bay Wedding Rental Lighting Inspiration

When planning your Tampa Bay wedding, you’ve budgeted for flowers, specialty linens, and chiavari chairs, but have you thought about the lighting? Nothing quite sets the mood for your wedding like soft, romantic lights. From uplights to market lights, we’ve asked our Tampa Bay wedding rental experts to share their favorite type of lighting and how it enhances the look of your wedding day.

Modern Wedding Reception at The Vault | Lighting by Nature Coast Entertainment | Downtown Tampa Wedding



“Colored uplighting can be coordinated with the wedding’s overall color palette and can turn a plain venue into a beautiful, colorful reception. Changing the color scheme throughout the night can change the atmosphere instantly. For example, softer, warmer lights can be used to create a romantic mood during dinner while bright, disco colors would be appropriate for the dance floor. Another great way to incorporate up lighting in your reception is to separate the dinner area from the dance floor with different color washes.” -Christopher Grainger, Graingertainment

Wedding Portrait First Kiss with Purple Uplights with White Draping at Wedding Reception by Tampa Bay DJ Graingertainment

Graingertainment | Erin Marie Photography

“Uplights really add a magical look to any event, especially using bold colors. You’ll have almost a limitless color palette to select from with LED lighting technology. You can create an ambiance of candlelit romance with amber uplighting or decorate your venue in colors matching your bridesmaid’s dresses, floral blooms or table linens.” -Christopher Grainger, Graingertainment

Purple Uplights at Wedding Reception

Graingertainment | Erin Marie Photography


“A GOBO is a stencil that slides over a light source to project an image onto a surface. GOBOs are often used at wedding receptions to project monograms, dates and other wedding themed designs. Using a GOBO to create a fun pattern is also a great way to add a personal touch to the lighting effects at your wedding. From a typical monogram of the bride and groom’s initials to a starry night sky on the ceiling, GOBO lighting can be used in a variety of classy and tasteful ways to enhance any wedding.” -Christopher Grainger, Graingertainment

GOBO Monogram Lighting at Wedding Reception with Uplighting | Tampa Bay Lighting and DJGrant Hemond & Associates

Lighting: Grant Hemond & Associates

Aisle Lighting

If your wedding is going to be outdoors at a sunset or even at night, it’s important to have lighting for your photographer so that there is a harsh flash in every photo and for your guests to be able to see what is happening during your ceremony. A simple amber glow against your ceremony arch or aisle is enough to illuminate your photos.

Outdoor Amber Lighting for Wedding Ceremony Aisle by Nature Coast Entertainment Services

Lighting: Nature Coast Entertainment Services

Marry Me Tampa Bay Wedding Week Fashion Show | Model in Ballgown Wedding Dress with and Lace Sleeves | Tampa Bridal Salon Isabel O'Neil Bridal | Wedding Photographer Limelight Photography| Waterfront South Tampa Nautical Wedding Venue Westshore Yacht Club | Uplighting and GOBO by Nature Coast Entertainment Services

Limelight Photography | Lighting: Nature Coast Entertainment Services

Market Lighting

LED market lighting creates the perfect romantic atmosphere for any outdoor Tampa Bay wedding reception. Not only does it provide a soft light for guests to use for dinner, but it also creates a warm environment that is great for wedding photos.

Outdoor Cafe Market Lighting Detail by Nature Coast Entertainment at Clearwater Beach Evening Outdoor Wedding Reception Venue Sandpearl ResortSunglow Photography | Lighting: Nature Coast Entertainment Services

Think outside of the box and give your weddings guests a wow factor by incorporating market string lighting inside! Combining the market lighting with warm amber uplighting and pin spot lighting transforms the an otherwise simple room.  

Can’t see the pin spots? Notice how the centerpieces Iza’s Flowers light up. The detail of these florals standout because of the perfect angle of the pin spot lighting. 

Nature Coast Entertainment Services

Lighting: Nature Coast Entertainment Services | Flowers: Iza’s Flowers


Marry Me Tampa Bay editor, Anna Coats, created Marry Me Tampa Bay in 2012 to showcase the area's best local weddings and vendors. She has been featured as a wedding expert on the national talkshow Daytime, Fox13, ABC Action News, Great Day Tampa Bay, and Bay News 9 (now Spectrum).

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Florida Rustic Barn Weddings

The Vault

The Godfrey Hotel

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Lifelong Photography Studio

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The Poynter Institute

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Hotel Zamora

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A&P Designs

Grant Hemond & Associates

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A Chair Affair

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