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Uplighting Dos and Don'ts

Uplighting Dos and Don’ts


Uplighting: The dos and don’ts. While uplighting may not seem like a necessary addition to your wedding. It can make a huge impact without breaking your budget. Uplighting has become one of the hottest trends for weddings and other events. They easily transform a room from ordinary to extraordinary. So what exactly is uplighting? They are portable lighting units that provide a colored glow to your event space.

If you want to add a warm glow to your reception space but candles and string lights aren’t enough, you may consider uplighting.

Here are a few things to do and a few to avoid to ensure the look is tasteful, elegant, and totally flattering…

Uplighting Dos and Don’ts

Do: Focus on important areas first.

This includes the cake table, head table, the dance floor, and any spectacular floral or decor displays. If you have any lighting left over after hitting all of your important areas then you can fill in blank space. Uplights are a great cost-effective way to “fill” your event space!

Do: Know that uplighting can transform a space!

A few well-placed uplights can change a room from drab to dreamy in seconds. Take a wedding at a community center, for example: If you were planning to turn off the overheads (too bright!) and candles just aren’t bright enough, uplighting a few areas will wash the room in lovely glowing hues, which can be instantly changed throughout the reception.

For example below are some photos of the SAME room with and without uplighting…WOW! What a difference!!!



Don’t: Choose the wrong color.

For the most flattering uplighting, choose amber or a solid color that coordinates with your wedding color scheme. Popular uplighting hues include pinks, blues, and purples. Multicolors are best reserved for your dance floor, once the dancing begins ask your DJ to change the uplights color or even have them “dance” to the beat of the music. This will really WOW your guests! Remember that your reception space will be bathed in whichever color you choose, so purple uplighting will transform your all-white centerpieces into an arrangement of violet hues. Amber is one of the most universally-flattering colors, will give your space a warm, romantic glow.

Below are examples of Blue, Amber, and Blush Uplighting…

Don’t: Underlight the space.

If the venue is extensive or the guest list is large, be sure to have enough lighting. In situations like these, a little won’t go a long way. If you want your guests to see all of the details you spent so much time preparing, you need to ensure they’re visible. We recommend using your guest count as a starting point. If you’re planning for 50 to 100 guests 10 uplights would be a good place to start. 150 to 200 guests, a minimum of 20 would be recommended. With 250 to 300 guests a minimum of 30 would be recommended. To make a greater impact or if you have a large venue, consider doubling the number of uplights to really make the room POP!

We hope this blog on Uplighting: The dos and don’ts, helped you on your wedding planning journey! If you have any questions our team at Complete is happy to help! Contact one of our event specialists today!

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