Post # 1
I kind of got hooked on the idea of uplighting, esp. since I am not 100% thrilled with my reception room. I feel like it can add a lot of ambience and complement our color choice of purple, where the room’s carpet does not. Here are some pics of our room (we will also have white chair covers with purple bows):
What I’m afraid of is loosing the uplight effect with all the lights on plus the windows. Our reception is 5pm-10pm; sunset isn’t till 8:31pm. Has anyone done uplighting in a similar space or seen it done? I was wondering if we didn’t light the wall sconces (lit in the bottom left picture) or the ambient ceiling lights if that might help.
Also – I didn’t get it in the picture, but there is a pillar in the room as well (you can partially see it on the bottom left). Should I light all four sides of it – it isn’t that big around and I feel like it would be overkill.
Post # 3
I actually love the effect of uplighting in venues with windows. The lighting will be more subtle when guests first arrive, and will get more and more vibrant as the night wears on due to the sun setting. I think that actually times well with the mood of the reception (assuming you are starting with dinner and then having dancing?). In other words, it’s like having mood ligthing with a natural timer 🙂
Post # 4
@RentMyWedding: Thanks for your thoughts!! I ended up going for it, and showed them pictures of the room and everything (it’s actually my photographer who offers it). He is super excited about making the room amazing, and he was saying the same thing as you – it’ll get better as the night goes on. But he also is going to make it look fantastic for when we first arrive, which is nice!
Bonus – we are going to take some of the portable LED’s outside at night and put them around the pillars of the stone gazebo at my venue and get some awesome shots with that! I’m super excited about it!!!