Wedding uplighting is one of the most important elements of your wedding. It can make or break your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception hall. Here are some dos and don’ts for using lights on your big day:
Do: Choose Your Colors Early
Choosing the right uplighting colors is crucial to making your reception look its best. If you want your wedding to be more than just an ordinary celebration, it’s important to choose a color scheme that will make your guests feel excited and festive. Uplighting is a good way of doing this because it can help make everything come together as a cohesive whole. Just remember that choosing the right colors for your reception does not have to be difficult; there are many ways of doing so!
For example, if you’re planning on having pink and white flowers at your wedding or having them decorate some other part of your venue like the tables or chairs, then it makes sense for these kinds of things as well as other aspects such as lighting (like candles) being used throughout various parts.
Do: Pick One Focal Point
Before you start, you’ll need to decide on a focal point. This can be anything from a set of steps or staircase to your cake table or the head table. You should also think about the color scheme in your reception room and how it will affect your choice of uplighting.
Choose one focal point for your uplighting, and do not move it around all night! If you want different seating areas to be highlighted each half hour or so, order multiple packages and place them at various locations throughout your venue. This way, guests will still see some nice lighting effects but won’t feel overwhelmed with bright lights everywhere they look—which is especially important when they’re trying to enjoy their meal while seated under those same bright lights!
Do: Use A Color Wash On The Walls
This is an especially great option if you’re looking for more than just a few accent lights because it can create a dramatic atmosphere without overpowering. The key here is to use a light wash on the walls above and around your centerpieces and light up some of your floral arrangements. This will give them added dimension, making them appear more dimensional and colorful than they would be in natural light alone.
Consider using color washes on other elements surrounding your ceremony space or reception area (like seating) if you’d like to tie everything together into one cohesive look that flows from one spot through another seamlessly!
Don’t: Light Everything
Use a few strategic lights, only some of the ones that can be found in the venue. You don’t need to light up trees or bushes outside or behind your head table—instead, use them in front of the cake and dance floor (or somewhere else) for dramatic effect.
Use wedding uplighting only if it fits your venue and theme and truly enhances your wedding day—if you have an outdoor wedding at night, then this is probably an excellent way to go!
Do: Test Your Color
The last thing you want on your wedding day is to have your uplighting look different than what you thought it would. Always test your colors before buying or renting the equipment to avoid this. Test the color before your event at night, when the venue is closed, and no one is around to notice (or care). Simulate the lighting conditions of your actual wedding day as closely as possible.
Wedding uplighting doesn’t have to be a hassle, and with the right planning, your wedding will shine. So, what are you waiting for? Get started now!