• Westley Madison

Should You have Uplighting at Your Wedding?

Yes! I have seen uplighting completely transform venues, enhance the elegance and lighten up the party! Uplighting will do the same for your Wedding! As you consider adding uplighting to your Wedding Reception think about your style, your wedding colors, your venue, and the mood you want your guests in. Some weddings are totally enhanced with uplighting. Keep in mind there are certain wedding styles or venues that may actually not "need" uplighting.


Uplighting can set a certain tone or mood throughout the entire room that will also create an ambiance that simply put "makes people feel good". During different formal parts of the Reception, you can actually have scenes set with certain colors to go along with your Bridal Party Entrance, First Dance, Cake Cutting & Parent Dances. We also can utilize the uplighting during the dance party to change colors and "go with the beat" of the song! This feature really energizes your dance party and makes people want to dance even more!


I like to think of uplighting as also architectural lighting in which I target specific areas of your venue that are built-in and could use some accent lighting to highlight their features. These include pillars, walls that can I also will focus on important decor areas to uplight such as floral displays, head tables, cake tables, and dance floor.



Here are a few tips according to Martha Stuart Weddings:


⁣⁣⁣⁣Tip #1 "Know that uplighting can transform a bleak setting. 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 light lots of candles but something more is needed, uplighting a few areas will wash the room in lovely glowing hues."⁣⁣⁣⁣


Tip #2 "Choose the right color. For the most flattering uplighting, choose amber gels. While other popular uplighting hues include red, blue, magenta, and purple, these are best reserved for your dance floor or after-party. 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." ⁣

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Tip #3: "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. ⁣⁣⁣⁣



Here are a few questions I will be asking you if you want uplighting at your wedding:

- What are your Wedding Colors?

- What parts of your Reception Area do you love the most?

- What formal dances of your Wedding are you the most excited about? (First Dance, Father-Daughter, Mother-Son, Cake Cutting, Bouquet Toss, Garter Toss/Removal, Toasts)

- Would you like your uplights to change throughout the evening?


I love arriving at your Wedding Venue extra early because I have to set up your uplighting! I love the plan of creating color scenes that correspond with your wedding theme. I love seeing your reception hall completely change through those intricate decor details including your uplighting. I would love to add uplighting to your Wedding Package and I want to be able to give you the Wedding of your dreams.


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