(Closed) Anyone NOT doing uplighting?

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 17
2143 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I personally don’t like the look of up lighting. Its not really popular here anyways. 

Post # 18
1584 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@LilySarah:  We’re not! Remember, you’re on a forum of wedding planning so everyone is talking about everything. Odds are the people doing this without visiting this site never even heard of it!

Post # 19
3339 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

@LilySarah:  We did the exact same thing.  Lots of candlelight, no uplighting.  It was beautiful and I wouldn’t do it any other way!  Uplighting was something I was sure I wanted in the beginning, but it just wasn’t in the budget by the end.  I’m really glad we didn’t waste the money.  Candles can do wonders!

Post # 20
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

It’s too much of an expense. I like them to warm up and soften the room, but it isn’t worth it for us. Our wedding venue will be dark fast and I can use candles. Not to mention the lights are on dimmers (yay!).

Post # 21
675 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

No way, I love all the brick work, it’s an old pump house, and I don’t want to hide it.

Post # 22
406 posts
Helper bee

It depends on the venue. A boring square windowless ballroom with bland coloring can really be pulled together with up lighting. A location with natural light or no quirks often doesn’t need it. 

Post # 23
46 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

No uplighting here!  We kept all the white christmas lights out of storage so we could put them up…

Our location is a local hall so it’s not wildly attractive by any means but eh, is what it is. 

Post # 24
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Our DJ charges $500 for uplighting. My mom is thinking we should have it, but I think it might be an unnecessary expensive. My parents are paying for our reception/party (we got married in St Lucia in May), and I feel guilty adding anything onto their plate that isn’t totally necessary..

Post # 25
4654 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LilySarah:  I didn’t have any! My venue was semi-outdoor (covered deck of a boat) at sunset so uplighting would have been a little silly when the venue was so beautiful with the soft lanterns already available. If you like your venue as is, I don’t see why you’d need it.

Post # 26
50 posts
Worker bee

WE are not doing any uplighting, but we are going to do 6 custom gobo lights.  Our venue wanted to charge us 1500 for uplighting, but we’re getting custom gobo lights for around 800, including a lighting designer to design whatever gobo lights that we want.  I think we’re going to go for trees lining the walls with our gobos. 

Post # 27
3400 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Nope, no uplighting for me.

I don’t regret not doing uplight, but I DO regret letting my venue control the lighting & basically turn on ever bright light in the whole place. It looked awful & not a bit romantic. That is probably one of my biggest regret. That, & not hiring a DJ.

My advice is that people really sit down & talk to their venue about what lights they want turned on, & when, because if you don’t you may look back & think “what the heck!?” like I did. I was too busy & frazzled at the moment of the reception to say anything though. I don’t have our pro pics back yet, but here is what our venue looks like with all of their bright oevrhead lighting turn on. It looks even way worse in person.

Post # 28
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

my husband and I did it ourselves. The nice thing about lighting is you can set the colours you want (you could do amber lighting only to get that romantic feel). Our venue had big windows, but once it’s dark out, they had no other lighting other than the normal stuff and candles weren’t allowed due to us being at an art gallery (fire + art = bad news). It was beautiful and it was just 2 lighting bars which took up no space at all. It wasn’t too expensive either – it cost us $130 for renting it over the weekend (included 2 lighting bars and the mixing board). Good luck!

Post # 29
9801 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m probably not.  I can dim their overhead lights as much as a I want and I’m planning on 5-7 votives per table.  I have an attractive venue on it’s own so I don’t think it really needs it. 

Post # 30
10713 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I didn’t use uplighting we used a low light setting on the house lights and used candles on the tables since the ceilings were 26 ft high. It turned out perfect and we didn’t have to spend a bunch of extra money.

Post # 31
3696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our reception was in a Victorian greenhouse.  No funky lighting required. 

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