Post # 1
So I was at our reception venue this past weekend, and decided that a little uplighting would make a world of difference. Our DJ doesn’t do lighting, and I refuse to spend $$$$$ on ANOTHER vendor (I mean really, what bride wants to have to deal with just one more vendor on her wedding day?) to do it for me. Has anyone ever DIY’d uplighting? I was thinking I could go scouting at Lowe’s or Home Depot for can lights, but any advice/suggestions?
Post # 3
YIKES, there are a whole lot of things I would worry about- power supply issues, outlets, would vendors even allow DIY electrical items that large? Some light fixtures get really hot- and I’m not talking about making you sweat but burning to the touch. I would rather hire a professional. If you wanted to do it yourself then I would do a ton of research first. Maybe you can rent some from a DJ or florist and set them up yourself? That would probably be less expensive.
Post # 4
We’re doing our own uplighting. The first thing you need to look at is whether your venue will allow you to do your own uplighting. The PAR lamps get quite hot, so there are a number of safety precautions you need to take. Some venues simply don’t want to take a chance with whether amateurs will act in a safe manner, so they require that lighting professionals do all uplighting.
If you get that far, uplighting is surprisingly simple. I’ve got full details on how we are doing it, and the sources for all our materials, at this link.
Post # 5
Our reception venue will pretty much let us do whatever we want, as long as we leave the place looking the way it did before we came in. The benefits of a small, small town. 🙂 That being said, I was thinking about buying the outdoor spotlights I saw at Lowe’s (they are about $30 each) and using them. We don’t need them colored, our colors are black, white and yellow, and I know you can get the bulbs that are yellow-y instead of bright white. Thanks for the tips ladies!
Post # 6
Do the prices at Lowe’s include the bulbs? If not, the ones from Bulbamerica would be cheaper–$18.95 each.
Post # 7
There are some small uplights you can purchase for flower arrangements. Some of the wholesale floral design sites online sell them. About 20 each. You can also get color films to go on them or have the colors rotate..It would be much cheaper if you got a few of these rather than pay a ton for a pro to do it..Not sure how $$ renting is, but try to see about buying some.
You could always re-sell them here on classifieds!
Post # 8
I know this sounds dumb in todays world… but I never buy ANYTHING online. I’m one of those people where I have to touch and feel and examine up close before I buy. I know… silly…
Post # 9
you are on the right track! I do not recommed getting yellow gels, as the color may not wash/render correctly… be sure to get all same type bulbs (ie ‘blue’ white vs ‘yellow’ white); test at home by making all rooms as dark as possibly on one level and the uplighting the far corners (works best in an open large area, but if you have rooms that open into each other this works too’ or test at venue on their off day!). Slowly bring up lights (this is easy if you have a dimmer); this will give you an idea of how the lighting will look in a variety of conditions.
Post # 10
Just as a follow-up, here is a picture of some of the uplighting at our reception. As you can see, it was quite dramatic:
Post # 11
My future SIL did some uplighting at her wedding in Novemeber and it was amazing…all she did was buy halogen floodlights in a couple different colors and then whatever you are supposed to plug them into (sorry I don’t remember at this moment in time). Here is the website she sent me to buy the lights, and also attached is a pic of what her wedding looked like. She just set them up on the floor and had them aimed at the ceiling, also, she alternated the two colors.
I bet someone at Lowes could give you better specifics on the types of plugs you can get.
Hope this helps!
Post # 12
The fixtures at Home Depot and Lowes cast a very narrow light beam so it’s hard to get those washes of color that you are looking for. Think of those lights and spotlighting in general as a flashlight that casts a very narrow and defined beam.
The light you really need is more of a floodlight. The lights used for events are usually called PAR cans. Halogen (type of light bulb) lights are cheaper, LEDs are more expensive. Here is a quick article on DIY uplighting using lighting industry standard lighting.
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