Photo Mar 25, 10 23 52 AMarticle and photos By Edward L. Griffin, MWV™, The Wedding DJs/Hardcastle Entertainment, Inc., Renton, Wash.

Lighting is a powerful and effective tool for decorating, but it’s much more than that. Great lighting can transform a venue, capture a mood, tell a story, and add extra pizzazz.The key to polishing your event is finding a lighting designer who understands the event and that everything they put into the space is now part of the décor. Discuss what you want the room to look like, the colors and textures you will incorporate into the décor, and the budget. The three biggest things that limit a lighting designer are: their own skill and creativity, power, and the budget. As a planner, it’s also important to know the basics about lighting. Here’s a primer:

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