(Closed) Uplighting help!

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m paying $850 for 32 lights, so your quote sounds about right!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Wow I didn’t realize what a transformation it offers – – I need to look into this, WOW gosh I am just beside myself. Looking at your photos I have to say I think its 100% worth it – – IF ITS IN YOUR BUDGET!!!!  If its not can you use a lot of candles and/or white lights?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@MrsPinkPeony: now I am on the hunt looking for pictures of my venue with and without uplighting, HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I am no help on your uplighting situation, but I had to comment- I recognized your venue from my trip to Charleston- so beautiful!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You can rent them for that price and have someone put up the lighting for you. Seriously. Our wedding is in San Diego – not exactly cheap – and our lighting was $20 per uplight and like $75 for labor. Don’t put yourself through it, it isn’t worth it!!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Beautiful difference! I say go for it.  But leave it to the professionals to do IMO. You don’t want to overload the circuits in the room, have to hide the cords, test lights, etc. etc. Professionals can also set the lights to subtly change color over the evening if you want that effect.  Many DJs in smaller towns are “sound and light” guys so even if you aren’t using a DJ for music you might start there and find one whose services you can hire just for the lighting. In larger cities, there are lighting specialists – you can look online.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@jackie-o:  We had DIY uplighting, and ended up paying almost nothing for it, because we resold the lights for almost as much as we paid for them.  If you are interested, details are at this link.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Nothing makes as much difference to a reception venue as lighting – nothing!!!  It’s SO worth it, it totally transforms the whole place! 

Call around a get lots of quotes, and go to some bridal shows.  There are tons of them in July and lots of people give good lighting deals at the shows.  That should give you a good feel for what the average price is, too.

Uplighting on the walls will make the biggest difference.  If you have a little more to spend, pin lights on the tables (little white spotlights that light up the tables) also make the venue seem incredibly high-end.  You can also have a monogram, pattern, or texture added to the walls (called a “gobo”) which will give the room lots of depth and personality.  Sometimes if you ask nicely lighting people will throw in a gobo free of charge!

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