Post # 1
I went to a wedding recently with lots of blue uplighting and it was gorgeous! I just checked my DJ’s website and he offers uplighting for $25/light, which I thought sounded pretty reasonable. I was thinking of getting maybe 2 lights to put behind the cake table and the sweetheart table, but I’m not sure if my venue is appropriate for uplighting. All the walls are wooden. For decor we are having submerged branches in vases alternated with bright orange and pink gerbera daisies.
Ceremony is evening/night.
Here’s a pic of the venue:
Do you think uplighting would be inappropriate? If you think it’s a good idea, what color would go best?
Post # 3
It really depends on what kind of lighting it is, but 2 might not be enough to make an impact.
I think I’d go with an amber uplighting. It highlights the beautiful wood and stays really classy looking. I’m afraid most colors would sort of clash with the wood.
A few other questions to consider with uplighting (I am doing an extensive uplighting package and LOVE uplighting):
– What time does the reception start and will it be dark outside?
– Can you control the chandeliers and other lighting in the venue? Is it dimmable so that you can bring the house lights down a bit and let the uplights be seen?
– Are you doing any candles on the tables? Those would really compliment amber uplights and allow you to bring the house lights down a little more without it getting dark.
– Have you considered having the uplights shine on the pillars? That seems weird, but that is a REALLY popular place for uplights to shine and it looks amazing. Really highlights the height of the room. This also depends what kind of lights they are. If the are LED/bar lights, then you’re probably good to put them behind the tables. If they are can lights, you probably need a few more lights even in those small spaces to make any kind of impact, but one can per pillar looks awesome.
Post # 4
@hollyberry4: NAvery has a lot of good info.
I paid extra for uplighting at my second reception, and honestly…..it wasn’t worth it, because the DJ’s other lights and the chandelier and ceiling decoration in our venue really washed out theh color–PLUS, we had a wall of windows and even the night-time light pollution from outside made the uplighting less visible. We had 20 lights (in just a medium sized room) and the uplights were purple and they still didn’t make much of an impact.
With all the windows in your venue, I don’t think the uplights will be visible at all.
Here’s a picture of our uplighting…you can see it’s hardly noticable, and in person, it was even LESS noticable. Like, literally not even one person seemed to notice the uplighting–at least, no one commented on it. Everyone commented on the beautiful ceiling decor, though.
Post # 5
Thanks for your responses ! They are extremely helpful! I love the pillar idea, and I do see what you mean about the windows. I’m not sure if we will have control over the dimming of the chandeliers— definitely a good question.
We will be having candles on 1/2 (about 10) of the tables as centerpieces. They are submerged branches with floating candles— three per table.
I think I will ask my DJ what he thinks about having an amber colored light under each pillar. Im not looking for anything super dramatic because I love the wood, but just something to highlight it.
Post # 6
Uplighting takes on a very rich look when projected onto wood, so I definitely say go for it! As others suggested, yellow/amber lighting will add ambiance without standing out too much. A soft pink color might look nice as well.
Post # 7
I do think the amber uplighting would look good but OMG what a beautiful venue your reception will take place in. Personnally, I think with the candles and the chandeliers, there will be enough lighting. I wouldn’t put any uplighting. Just my opinion.