(Closed) Colored uplighting to brighten drab reception space–worth it?

posted 10 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Is colored uplighting worth the cost to brighten up a boring reception area?



  • Post # 17
    3358 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Lighting was the best money we spent in terms of decor.  It completely transformed our room.  We also did pin spots on the centerpieces and dessert table and that made everything pop and look extra dramatic and special.  I say do it.

    Post # 19
    269 posts
    Helper bee

    100% worth it!! We never even considered it because it wasn’t a huge priority to us. But then we went to the open house at our venue and saw it set up with the lighting and it totally made the room look like a wedding! We are soo glad we went with it because it made a huge impact and looked great 🙂 

    Post # 20
    3358 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @MM423: I don’t remember how much it was but it was really cheap.  I want to say like $16 per light plus the bases they are attached to?  something like that.  each centerpiece needs two lights so it’s adequetly lit. If there is only one light it only gets lit from one side.


    Post # 22
    2976 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France

    @MM423: do it.

    Post # 23
    93 posts
    Worker bee

    @MM423: Absolute last touch then! Make it look magical 🙂

    Post # 25
    1417 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I agree…uplighting truly makes an impact…I feel like receptions with uplighting make such a significant impact on me as far as ambiance and is truly important if you really want to that “wow factor” (I hate to use that term but it totally applies here) We are definately paying the extra money for uplighting which will run us about $800 if we get LED lights through our venue, but we are looking into other options! DO IT!

    Post # 27
    1294 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I totally forgot about lighting until this thread!!  Dug an out email that I sent to the lighting company in MARCH!  I emailed them today to get on it ASAP. 

    To me the room without lighting just looks like a room.  The lighting really does make it feel like a party.  Completely necessary if you want your guests to enjoy themselves.  We are adding pink lights and a GOBO too.

    Maybe to cut cost ask them what it would be to use half the lights, etc.  For example the lights in the first photo seem excessive.  They could probably cut them in half and still get a great effect.  I estimate just in that picture about $500 in lighting($30/light)  and that’s not even the whole room!  I would ask for a variance on the number of lights.  GL!

    Post # 28
    7941 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    @baletrina:We are adding pink lights and a GOBO too.

    Us too! I love the warmth and ambience of pink lighting. Did you design your GOBO? 


    I think uplighting changes the mood and really makes a wedding feel like an event. If it is your budget I say go for it. It covers a lot of ground decorating wise and can transform a room.

    Post # 30
    2268 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I honestly have never been a fan of uplighting. It looks at best like a club to me, and at worst like a prom horror scene. Tons of people seem to love it though. I’d rather have hundreds of candles or something similar, if you’re going for a moody dark feel.

    Post # 31
    3134 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m going to say that I wouldn’t do the uplighting.

    It’s not that I don’t like uplighting, but you said your venue has exposed brick walls and I feel like the uplighting would take away from that.  It sounds cool and lofty like it is.  I would go with paper lanterns or other types of lighting to enhance that feeling, not cover it up and try and make it look like something else.

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