The Wed Post X Magic Motion Media - 5 Lighting Tips For Your Home Wedding

Published by - The Wed Post | 5 minute read

With the world finally coming to terms with the new normal, the idea of intimate weddings and small scale yet beautiful celebrations at home has eventually paved its path into the hearts of young couples and their families. More and more millennials have finally started realising the importance of minimal, close-knit affairs and the value, beauty and benefits that come with it. However, just because you are opting for a small, intimate celebration hosted at your home doesn't mean that it has to be any less beautiful than what you always envisioned your big day to be like! Right from the decor to your outfits to the pictures that immortalise your special moments forever, we are all for small celebrations that are crafted and curated as aesthetically and painstakingly as any other big, fat celebration!

However, if you are a DIY couple planning to put together the little details of your home wedding by yourself, there are chances that a few mistakes here and there might go unnoticed in person but end up being very obvious in your wedding photographs. Talking about one such prominent mistake that is very common to happen in home weddings, Ruben Thomas, founder of Magic Motion Media says, "While most young couples these days usually are very smart in planning the decor and design of their wedding, they usually tend to end up ignoring a big mistake that is lighting! Lighting plays a very important role in weddings. We usually do recommend our couples to follow a few mandatory guidelines while planning their home weddings to ensure that nothing goes amiss on their big day." Emphasising further on this important aspect that can make or break your wedding album, here are the top 5 guidelines Ruben and his team suggest couples to follow for their intimate weddings hosted at home.

Ensure Lots of Natural Light

It's best to make sure that your ceremony is flooded with natural light. We recommend couples to host their ceremonies outdoor in the foyer, front or backyard but if that isn't possible, it should be fine to host it in a room which has access to natural sunlight which makes all the colours and elements stand out perfectly.

Avoid Harsh Lights

Harsh lights basically are light rays falling directly on the face or subject from the source. It can either be natural light like sunlight or artificial lights without filters that soften the glow. The exposure to these can be prevented by bouncing off lights falling directly using surfaces, hosting the ceremony under a shade or by filtering the light through decor elements like fabrics.

Incorporate lighting in the decor

There is nothing better than an illuminated decor that lights up the room in an indoor setup. Bulbs and warm lighting used in the decor provide nice soft radiance to the room which complements well with the natural light falling from outside. Not only does it help with lighting, but it also makes for some stunning backdrops for pictures. 

Avoid Fluorescent Lighting

Fluorescent lights creating a blue glow is a strict no for wedding photography. We always ask clients to avoid tube lights and white bulbs during weddings. Warm hanging lights work perfectly though.

Avoid light falling from the top

In a home wedding, it is quite possible that the main stage or mandap is setup right under a light source. However, it is best to avoid having lights falling from the top on the couple or any subject. This would avoid creating problematic shadows in the field.