A good photographer will be able to capture beautiful images in any lighting circumstance: dark or bright, tight or open space, indoor or outdoor.  That being said, there are a few things you should consider when planning your reception.

As the sun sets and your reception begins, you will notice that your photographer will begin to add more objects their cameras to work with less natural light. When planning the location and details of your reception location, look at the ceiling. I know it might sound funny, but photographers love to use the surrounding ceiling and walls to “bounce” light from their external flash to create bright, even lighting on the subject. A white tent or white ballroom ceiling are the dream reception lighting options.

But as I’ve said before, don’t choose your venue based on the lighting situation; choose your venue based on what is going to be meaningful for you. However, if you do have the opportunity to make these decisions freely, a tent is always my favorite reception lighting scenario.

As seen below, adding string lighting to your reception will create a gorgeous bokeh backdrop in your images. My favorite! It also provides additional helpful light for your guests, photographers, and other vendors.

While these are all helpful things to consider, a skilled photographer will be able to capture beautiful images at whatever beautiful venue you choose to hold your reception!


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