After 13 years of preparation, it’s your child’s day in the spotlight—or is it? A bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah is one of the biggest productions of your life, and every great production deserves the best lighting. When you have hundreds of family members, friends, loved ones and colleagues coming together to celebrate your pre-teen’s rite of passage into adulthood, you need to make sure everything is perfect. And if Grandpa David can’t see your daughter reciting her blessing during the entrance into the Minyan ceremony or your son leading a portion of the Shabbat because of poor lighting, that’s a serious gryyaz.
Make sure the light of your life gets the celebration they deserve. From the ceremony to the after party, proper lighting sets the mood, directs your guests’ attention and is the subtle touch that brings everything together. Start by ensuring the staging area is properly lit with a pin spot that has all eyes on the guests of honor. That’s a given—but don’t drop the ball (or the chair) when it comes to the Hora.
As Bright as Chanukah
Who says you have to wait until December for a festival of lights? After the verses have been recited and the rabbi’s delivered the Shabbat, it’s time to let loose—and the right lighting can make that happen. With non-intelligent light, you can rely on sound-activated lights which respond to music. They don’t require a technician and operate simply with an on/off switch. It’s an easy DIY approach, but as the ultimate host you may want (and deserve) more support and customization than that.
Intelligent lights are controlled by an on-site technician and changes to suit the mood, music or your personal preferences. Pair this with uplighting, which is colored light that can be put just about anywhere from the doorways to the ceilings and come in standard or LED options. Shake things up with a custom gobo, which can be anything from a name or pattern projected onto a key area—imagine May you see your visions come to be projected above the photo booth. Lighting is often put on the back burner when you’re pulling together the mitzvah of a lifetime, but it’s that special touch necessary to bring everything together faster than your famous halvah.