(Closed) Up lighting vs candlelight???

posted 4 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
1850 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Uplighting with candles looks great, so I don’t think it will detract from the candlelight. I really wish I had uplighting at my wedding…I never knew what a difference it could make. 

Post # 3
733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Definitely not! We’re doing both! I think you’d just want to be careful not to have too many uplights as it may make the room too bright with the lower ceilings. I’d also recommend going with white uplighting to help it blend with the candlelight. 🙂

Post # 5
2268 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

amoore2:  Your wedding decor sounds lovely! I love that romantic candle light feel, too! We are doing candles and uplighting.

Your best bet to acheive this would be both candles and amber uplighting. The amber uplighting will wash the walls with that candle light color, and will look nice against the back drop of the actual candles flickering! If you do amber, it will enhance the candle light, not detract from it.

This would be my recommendation, unless you are thinking of using literally thousands of candles to achieve this look!

Post # 6
325 posts
Helper bee

amoore2:  We did a candlelit evening wedding… Although, it was outdoors. Even with the hundreds of strategically placed candles, uplighting was VERY important. You can make it as subtle or severe as you’d like. So ther are really limitless options. We did our own, and it worked out perfect. We later used to lights for our landscaping.

It will make it really difficult for your photographer to get a ton of great photos without proper lighting. Very, very difficult. In our case, even with the candles, it would have been WAY too dark even for the guests without a little uplighting. I feel like it also made the entire ambiance more “grande”. 

Terrible cellphone picture quality here, but you get the idea.

Post # 7
4040 posts
Honey bee

My daughter used amber uplights and it was gorgeous – it’s what the hotel recommended. However, her room was called the gold ballroom and gold was the predominate color, along with mirrors and a light gold oak floor.

Post # 10
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - The Meeting House/DoubleTree by Hilton

amoore2:  We’re doing both – a few uplights around the room (12 in a room that easily holds 14-16 tables of 10 plus a dance floor) and candles on the tables. I spent a lot of time trying to find pictures before making the decision and I think it’s going to look fine together.

We’re using teal uplights to match our colors, but I agree with PP on the amber – that’s the one that seems to flow best with candlelight if you’re really worried. I’ve seen some pretty pictures with a light pink that would work well with your colors, but I agree that it normally turns out looking more hot pink or purple which wouldn’t be great. 

Post # 11
2268 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

amoore2:  You’re right, pink definitely looks more vibrant in photos — even if it’s a subtle pink. Amber looks much richer and really gives the feeling that you’re surrounded by candlelight. We are using faint pinks in our centerpieces and I might have my girls in charcoal grey dresses. Overall, our palette is really neutral and classic, with whites, ivories, champagnes, etc. We are doing candles and I’ve been agonizing over uplighting but I think we are going to go with amber, too. 

This is my venue, and I think the amber uplighting is nice and soft and subtle in the daylight:

The following are not my venue, but it gives you an idea of how some of these colors can look in a room!:


Here are pink and amber in the same room — you can see how it really changes the ambiance!



I think you can sometimes find some more subtle pinks like this:



but most of the time they end up looking like this:


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