The above Ad will no longer appear after you Sign Up for Free!

Gels for a wedding reception

Discussion in 'Lighting and Electrics' started by mbandgeek, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. mbandgeek

    mbandgeek Active Member

    Messages:
    480
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Hi.

    I need ideas for which gels to buy for a wedding reception. I am thinking light blues, greens, pinks and amber. I have never bought gels before, so where is a good reputable source to buy from?

    I have approximatly a budget of around $50.

    These gels are going to be in par 38 fixtures.

    Thanks,
    Kevin Northrup
     
  2. Footer

    Footer Senior Team Senior Team Premium Member

    Messages:
    9,450
    Likes Received:
    1,856
    Location:
    Saratoga Springs, NY
    Well, as far as what colors to use, ask what the wedding party is wearing/what are the colors of the wedding. Also, what the centerpieces will look like/what color is the hall for the reception. Blues/purples/pinks are your best bet. Stay away from green/red if you can. I would also go saturated as possible, its going to be dark and you will want to keep it dark.

    Where to get them, call your local lighting company is a good way to go, if you don't want to do that production advantage has an online site now so you can grab whoever is paying for it credit card and just order them.
     
  3. soundlight

    soundlight Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,666
    Likes Received:
    330
    Location:
    PA & NJ
    With PAR38's you can't go too saturated, because they're only 150W lamps, so you probably shouldn't use something like Congo Blue or Medium Blue...but other colors like R74 and R65 and R56 and R42 should do just fine (just flipping through my Rosco swatchbook here, those were colors that I thought might work).

    And definitely ask about any theme colors that the wedding will have, as this could have a huge impact on your gel choices.
     
  4. DarSax

    DarSax Active Member

    Messages:
    606
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Bethesda MD
    Especially ask about the centerpieces and bridesmaids dresses, I'd bet.
     
  5. mbandgeek

    mbandgeek Active Member

    Messages:
    480
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Thanks to all for posting so far, The wedding is going to have a lot of pink, so i am looking for something to accent this, but not overbear it.

    Also, what size gel frame does a par 38 have?
     
  6. len

    len Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,709
    Likes Received:
    204
    Location:
    Chicagoland
    You'll also want to find out what the color palette of the room is, because that will affect the gel colors you'll need. Most rooms I work in (and I do about 30 weddings a year) have lighter cream/white etc. walls, but some have a lot of reddish hue wood panel, so you have to compensate. Some tacky places are covered in red and/or yellow wallpaper.
     
  7. mbandgeek

    mbandgeek Active Member

    Messages:
    480
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    North Carolina
    I think that it has regular wood paneling on the walls, White ceiling, and white floor tiles.
     
  8. dj_illusions

    dj_illusions Active Member

    Messages:
    339
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    I especially like putting L182 behind flower bouquets. I call it 'blood red amber' but its actually pale red =D
     
  9. DarSax

    DarSax Active Member

    Messages:
    606
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Bethesda MD
    What are the ambient lights in the area going to be? Are you providing/controlling those, or are they dictated by the venue? Is there a lot of natural light, or is it very much indoors?
     
  10. Jezza

    Jezza Active Member

    Messages:
    287
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    I work for a company who specializes wedding lighting design.

    There really are a lot of factors that could impact your color palette choices. As you mentioned, pink is big thematically. While you don't want to overbear things with too much pink in your gel colors, you also don't want to have too much of a departure from that overall theme. You can spread your spectrum out, from maybe even an orangey-peach hue to even as dark or saturated as a deep lavender -- these all seem to be reasonably with in that range of colors that might compliment and work with the pink.

    As mentioned, centerpieces are usually very easy things to highlight that can bring a lot of life into a room, into the design. We will typically use a pin-spot on the floral and then a birdie or two as toplights on the table, depending. Having control of the levels by dimming these fixtures is great too -- but take into account the color shift you will get when dimming a tungsten source. We will often use a pale pink, maybe an R33 w/ hamburg to soften the pinspot, and then some silk in the birdies.

    Do you need to light the dance floor? You will probably want your more saturated colors here, and could get away with some blues, deeper reads, and perhaps and deep amber here. It can be a little splashier, exciting, club-ish even, at least compared to the rest of the space.

    Highlighting architecture is great too if the room presents such a thing. Many reception halls are rather plane and non-de-script. However, if the venue does have some interesting elements, lighting them is a great way bring life into the room and create some ambiance, while also creating enough bounce light to still keep the table lights at a comfortable level.

    Now, I know many of these ideas won't be necessarily repeatable with your fixtures or your budget, but it gives you an idea about how some people can approach that sort of thing. Hopefully it will help make your decisions about color, but in the end, its really just up to your gut and your eyes. Go with your instincts (unless their totally wrong) -- you know what looks good and what doesn't.
     
  11. Charc

    Charc Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,850
    Likes Received:
    46
    Deeper reads? Like War and Peace?

    <Sorry, I had to!>
     
  12. Jezza

    Jezza Active Member

    Messages:
    287
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    thanks charc, it was late, i was tired, cut me a break man :)
     
  13. Charc

    Charc Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,850
    Likes Received:
    46
    Ha, sorry man. That was just in jest, I'm not the spelling police, *cough*Van/Derek*cough*.
     
  14. mbandgeek

    mbandgeek Active Member

    Messages:
    480
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    North Carolina
    I will be providing the "fill light" I am not sure of the proper terminogly, but I am using some homemade par cans. Not to worry about the electrical or heat side these have been time tested. It is indoors and at night, I have an idea in my head of what i want it to look like, and i am absolutely positive that i can do it.
     
  15. propmonkey

    propmonkey Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    990
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Beloit/Milwaukee, WI
    also if you get a chance talk to the photographer before hand. give them a heads up on the colors and how dim the room will be. try to have atleast one whiter colored light pointed at the ceiling just to give them something to work with.
     
  16. Diarmuid

    Diarmuid Active Member

    Messages:
    140
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Cornwall, UK
    I dunno, whether you are still searching for the answer to this question, I've poked around on the internet and the measurements I've got have all been between 6 and 7 inches. It depends on the make of the Par 38 you are using, the Thomas engineering ones, are 6 inches, with some of the cheaper ones having frame sizes of 7 inches... At the end of the day, I doubt it makes that much difference.

    Which, I think means that you can get 12 gels out of a Lee Sheet, and 6 out of a Rosco one, but you might want to check that... (if that was your reason for wanting to know the size!)

    Hope some of that was helpful:)
     
  17. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

    Messages:
    4,468
    Likes Received:
    2,870
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV, USA
    The R40 cans I've used, which also take the PAR38, use 7.5"x7.5", but as Diarmuid said, each manufacturer is different. Hopefully yours are square. Round frames, as on some PAR46 fixtures among others, are a pain in the neck. I've seen PAR64 cans, polished aluminum, retrofitted to take a PAR38, wired four to a bar and terminating in a single Edison 5-15 PBU plug. Not much light output but the "look" is good.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice