Da Vinci Fusion
This is a huge secret and adding this will make your event so much more dramatic. Two weeks before my wedding day I returned to the Rincon Center and Yank Sing and realized that the space was DARK. So I scrambled to find someone who could do lighting. I called Classic Party Rentals and they were going to charge me $500+, and I was going to pay that much at a lot of other places. Then, through a bit of searching and a lot of good luck, I found Da Vinci. They rent out theatrical lights to theater companies and to movie makers. I rented 8 uplights from them and they also lent me the amber filters. It definitely makes a difference, gals (this is something that all the professional wedding planners do for their weddings and many of us just dont think about it Go to www.haleevents.com, who is hot events planner in the Bay Area, and who my cousin used for his wedding. She charges about 5-7K for her services, and she ALWAYS ALWAYS uses theatrical lights. See also my DOCs site, www.eventswithflair.com. Mylinh, too, uses lighting, and it is always more dramatic (Mylinh (who is GREAT), if you go with her, has some contacts too, who will charge a lot less for coming in and doing the lighting setup work. I tried them but they were booked.)). The uplights make the room more warm and your guests will feel like they’re in a different space. Do note, if you go with a place like Da Vinci, you will have to set it up yourself, which can be a little tricky. They showed me how to use the lights but you have to be careful b/c if you plug too many lights into one socket, itll blow a fuse (and I’m sure that cant be pleasant on your wedding day to have the lights and electricity all turn off!). So anyway, be aware of that. Mylinh and her fiance set up the lights for me. You can see the warmth from the lights in my Reception pics above. There’s a warm amber, red glow that would have been absent otherwise. Cost = $126 (that is CHEAP compared to what Classic charges).