(Closed) Uplighting opinions please

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@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 # 6
23 posts

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
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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.

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