When it comes to weddings, quinceaneras, or any event, really, one thing is for sure: everyone wants their event to look and be AMAZING! Everyone also wants their event to be different from all of the other weddings and/or events that they have been to in the past. This is certainly understandable, and believe it or not, easy to do with your decor, lighting, and uplighting! Let's discuss what uplighting is, how it works, and why it's perfect for your wedding, quinceanera, or event.
What is Uplighting?
Uplighting is lights that are placed on the floor, around your venue space, that shine upwards. Uplighting can be halogen lights, which are the older style, "can lights." Halogen lights look great, but can consume a lot of power, sometimes causing power issues at venues, since too many of the halogen lights can "flip" the breaker. Additionally, these lights can get hot to the touch. :( The halogen lights can change colors, easily, by placing a gel filter on the light, in whatever color you choose. The upside to these lights is that they are very bright!
Now, most companies, including us, use LED uplighting. These consume less power and they can be wired (plugged in) or wireless (battery powered). The colors can easily be changed by using the menu on the light, itself, or with a remote. For more color options, companies can use a light controller (DMX) and mix/blend colors, easily.
The best part about uplights is that they can really bring the space and theme colors together. If candles and string lights aren't enough, you should certainly consider uplighting. It's a quick, easy way to make your space look amazing! For the above pictured event, they actually did not even add uplighting. We brought our own, just in case, and the red uplighting made the stage area pop, and look much better!
Where Do You Place Uplighting?
Uplighting placement is totally up to you and your uplighting provider, but as a general rule of thumb, you should place the uplights around the main areas that are the focal points of the room. We usually place them in places such as: behind the cake table, behind the sign-in table, behind or near the head table, along the walls (evenly spaced), along columns, and generally in areas that simply need more lighting. The above pictured wedding was at the W Hotel, in Austin, and they wanted all blue uplights.
We like to place the lights in pairs and evenly space them throughout the venue, just for continuity and perhaps we're a little OCD. :) Most of our clients add uplighting in sets of 4. They'll get 4, 8, 12, 16, or even 20 lights. There is no limit to how many you can get, but 20 can pretty much cover any large venue.
Most companies offer "wired" (lighting that needs to be plugged in) and wireless (battery powered) uplights. Both lights usually have the same watts (or brightness) and look great. The key difference would be power needs. Some venues have plenty of power outlets, while others may not. Battery powered uplights also are perfect for outdoor areas, such as trees and other outdoor places that you'd like to accent. Just be sure to ask your uplighting company if the lights are waterproof, just in case.
Bring the Theme Together, With Uplighting
One great thing about uplighting is that it can really change the entire vibe of your venue space. Uplighting can be set to match nearly any theme or decor colors. At this sweet 16, above, the colors were pink, so pink uplighting was place all over the area. It looked great!
You can also choose more than one color, too. Two - three colors would be the most we would recommend for uplighting. Any more than that, and it may look odd to have so many colors, everywhere.
Is Uplighting Necessary?
The last question is one that we hear a lot from brides and clients, "is uplighting necessary for my wedding?" Well, in a short answer, no, it's not. Though it looks great with your theme and decor, it's not necessary. If it's in your budget, it certainly can transform your wedding venue space. However, if your vision is simply to have string lighting in your venue space, we've done many weddings with only string lighting, which can also look great!
Many venues have their own wall lighting that makes the venue look great, when dimmed, too. If you decide not to get any lighting, that's totally okay. However, we do recommend that if you don't have any lighting, at least ask your DJ for dance floor lighting. This makes the dance floor more inviting and it feels more like a party, with dance floor lighting.
Overall, the choice is completely yours to make. Only you know what your wedding day vision is. Your wedding vendors are simply there to help you achieve that vision. If you're booking with us, be sure to check out our wedding DJ & photo booth packages page, to see all of our optional upgrades that you can add on, to make your wedding day unique!
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