(Closed) Are Uplights Worth the Cost?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think if you have the money its definitely worth it.  It can really set the feel and mood of the room.  But if you want to use the money towards something else then you should!  The small details of wedding are something only the bride really pays attention to, no one is going to leave your wedding saying “wow she really should have used uplighting!”  Having said that, I plan on using uplighting, lol.  I have a vision and I guess the uplighting will complete it.  🙂

Post # 4
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think it is worth it if it fits the venue. We are 90% close to booking uplights, but when we really thought about it, we are having a 4:30 reception, sunset isn’t until after 8. Our reception has floor to ceiling windows and dark wood trim through out the room, it really wouldn’t have much of an effect if at all. Definitely think about it in your space and not how it looks in others.

Post # 5
2778 posts
Sugar bee

@ajillity81:  I’ve seen lots of posts about bees thinking that up lighting really didn’t make that big a difference and they wouldn’t have missed it.

Post # 6
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ajillity81:  we are doing them, but we got them for free with our DJ package 🙂

Post # 8
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The company that is doing our lighting has done events at our venue many times in the past so they had a bunch of before and after pics. The uplights DEFINITELY made a difference. It was like night and day and they completely changed the feel of the room. I think it depends on the venue, but after seeing the before pics there was absolutely no way that we weren’t doing uplighting.

Post # 9
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am not a fan of uplighting. 

Post # 10
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I absolutely do think that uplights are worth it if you have the money in your budget. In fact, I was going to cheap out and go with less and our DJ (that handles the lighting) threw in a few extra for free because he felt it really needed all of it.

Does your lighting company have an examples to show you? Our DJ actually has a section of his building set aside to show prospective clients how different lights can change the mood. We had a nice venue with wood panel, floor to ceiling windows and ploenty of overhead twinkly lights but we still sprang for warm amber uplights which gave the room a romantic, warm feel.

I think it is important that the uplight matches the feel of the room and atmosphere. Our venue has been photographed with teal or purple uplights and the venue is slightly rustic which makes the teal totally look out of place with the room.

Post # 11
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ajillity81:  have you looked at your venue on different pjotographers’ blogs so you can see the room with and without uplighting?

Post # 12
3942 posts
Honey bee

We had them because the DJ talked us into it, but I thought it was definetly NOT necessary. Our venue did not need them and was so beautiful on its own.

However, I have never left a wedding and thought to myself “Wow! they had great lighting!!!”. I feel like its just one of those things that very few guests actually pay attention to/remember. I’ll remember the food, the dancing, and how much fun I had…but I wont remember the lighting.

Post # 13
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Totally depends on the venue. If it’s a boring or tacky room lighting can help to give it a better feel, if the room is already gorgeous, I think it’s a waste of money, and frankly it can sometimes ruin a room for me. If you already love your venue it’s so unecessary imho.

Post # 14
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We had them, and IMO, they totally “made” the space! If you can afford them, i’d do it.

Post # 15
2269 posts
Buzzing bee

Our space is, in my opinion, butt-ass ugly. We’re using the hall next to my church to avoid any confusion and long drives and stuff. But we’re getting the space for about 300 bucks, plus a kitchen, tables, tableclothes, silverware, and a week to decorate. I wanted a super pretty place, but I’d rather use the money I saved from that on some awesome lighting. Maybe I have a picture somewhere…

I should add that my wedding is in the middle of summer in blazing Augusta, GA. I’m going for an aquarium theme and I want the place to feel cool and refreshing. Unfortunately Greek churches are all about the warm colors and gold! So lighting is the way to go. 😀

Post # 16
589 posts
Busy bee

I had a late afternoon/twilight wedding so to me uplighting for the whole room was just not worth it.  We did have a little bit of uplighting around the dance floor and that was more that enough.

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