Sweetheart Stage Lighting Tips for the Best Photos for Indian Weddings

A unique aspect of Indian weddings is the sweetheart stage. A lot of weddings have a sweetheart table, but as we all know, we like to go big at Indian weddings so we setup a whole stage!

We have a weekly #PhotoTipFriday series in partnership with Geeta Randery, the principal photographer and owner of Randery Imagery. She shares practical tips and wisdom to optimize your wedding photos. This week Geeta shared some very helpful tips on lighting of a sweetheart stage at a reception as well as mandaps and altars for indoor wedding ceremonies.

First, if you’re having an indoor ceremony, refrain from lights behind you i.e. bright lights/lit chandeliers behind the mandap/altar.  This makes it brighter behind you rather than in front of you which is great for taking photos. 


Ideally you want to have the most amount of light in front of you (to illuminate you), rather than behind (which will backlight & darken you).


Additionally, if you don’t have a stage wash (lighting), have the venue turn up the ballroom lights to full brightness…again you want the maximum brightness for optimal photos and video and everyone can see you. In case you missed it, check out our article on basic wedding reception lighting that everyone should have at an Indian wedding reception.

ProTip by Randery Imagery, providing full service wedding, engagement and event photography. Catch tips from Randery Imagery every #PhotoTipFriday.

{Take Aways}

It’s no surprise that lighting is a key factor in photography. For your wedding work closely with your lighting vendor and photographer to determine the optimal lights for the overall look as well as optimizing for your photos and video. In general you want lighting to be in front of you instead of in back of you.

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Congratulations and cheers!

Samta Varia
Founder & CEO
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