Regardless of the type or size of your wedding, you need to make sure that lighting is part of the details you're checking off. And that doesn't mean YOU have to do it. It just means that in the planning process, there is someone responsible for providing lighting. Mostly, this is something your wedding planner will take care of. But make sure! Never assume.
I went to a wedding years ago where the lighting was so bad that you couldn't see the wedding cake! How awful is that?! Don't let that be you.
This purple dream reception was created using lighting--mostly. Lighting is also an economical way of painting your reception venue with textural light without having to expense with pricey decor.