When we say uplighting you might first think about lighting that goes up the walls to create a gorgeous look. There are many different ways and places to light up your event space. After reading our article you will learn the easiest ways to add to your party and give it another layer of lighting that leaves guests impressed.
This article covers all the uplighting secrets we have acquired over physically doing 5,000+ events 👍
We will lay out the ways uplighting can be used for different event types. The various reasons for it and what you can expect. If you need more information on quantity, pricing and features; learn more in our guide on how many uplights to rent. So let’s dive into it and hopefully we can shed some light on how you can do it yourself (no pun intended).
Average Read Time: 6 minutes 30 seconds
What You Will Learn
1. A Brief Introduction
2. The Right Color for Stunning Wedding Ceremony Uplights
3. Easiest Way to Get Amazing Wedding Reception Uplighting
4. Banquet Hall Uplighting vs Outdoor Tent Uplighting
5. 90% of People Don’t Know this about Ballroom Uplighting
6. How to Get the Most from Your Party Light Rentals
7. (2) Types of Accent Lighting with a Bonus!
8. Final Thoughts on DIY Uplighting
Your ceremony is the perfect place to incorporate uplighting. The ceremony is all about the moment and your lighting helps add to your ambiance. Just think about your photos and videos. They will tell a story. So how do you use ceremony uplights to improve the look and feel of your wedding?
Your ceremony uplights can give a soft glow in the background. This is done with neutral colors that don’t take away from your vibe. The uplighting at your ceremony is there to highlight the background. Your photos and videos will mostly highlight the emotion of the moment.
Read our guide on the 9 best uplighting colors that covers popular ceremony uplighting colors:
Pastel Colored Uplighting
Ivory Wedding Uplights
So this is when you can really have fun incorporating your wedding colors! You can go one of three ways either simple, classy or bright loud. Regardless of the reception uplighting color you choose, it should complement your existing theme.
Are your wedding colors complimentary or are they on different sides of the spectrum? The reason to consider this is because you might use two different shades of a bright color to add sophistication to your wedding reception uplighting. This is an advanced lighting technique that creates subtle shadows to look more high end.
If you are concerned that too much daylight will take away from your uplighting, then use white uplights. White uplighting is the brightest light setting (because it uses all the lighting diodes on max) also this will go with any wedding theme. You can also calculate the time the sun is setting so you know when you will get the most out of your uplighting rentals.
What we love about wedding reception lighting is that you can either use wireless uplighting or outdoor uplights. Depending on your event location will help determine your approach. Example, are you uplighting walls in your banquet hall or are you washing a tent canopy in uplighting? Are your lights being used on a pipe and drape backdrop in your venue or is it used to light up pillar draping in your pavilion? The possibilities with wedding reception lights are endless.
outdoor events are completely different… You’ll require uplighting that is waterproof
If your event is happening inside then you can use any style of uplighting to change your room color. Also you will have easy access to power on the walls (so you can use a light that is not battery powered). However, outdoor events are a completely different situation. You will require uplighting that is waterproof. Also, because of a lack of power outlets you need uplights that are wireless. This way you can set up the lighting anywhere and not have to worry about cords.
When you are lighting up a ballroom you need to consider the limitations of your event space. Is the room neutral or does it have a color tone. It is common for most banquet halls to remodel their ballrooms every 3 to 5 years. Most modern ballrooms are grey, white and black. This absence of color is a good thing because it will not conflict with your colors you will use.
Now if your venue’s ballroom is not updated and it has an existing color tone that might not work as well. We have seen some ballrooms with red carpeting and ivory gold walls. Even blue carpeting with pale green wallpaper. These colors will affect the uplighting color you use. Think of it like painting a room, you need to put down a primer coat first. So if you put a blue uplight on pale green walls you will get teal uplighting.
One place most ballrooms fall short on their decorating style is the color of the curtains. 99% of the time the curtains will never match with your wedding colors. Even worse are ballrooms with a lot of wood. This is great for rustic chic themes, however the wood is a dark color and absorbs any color you might notice with your ballroom uplighting. We recommend you take these points into consideration before putting a deposit down with your venue. Because once you sign a contract it is hard to back out with vendors.
Your event is more than likely a celebration. You may want to add some energy to your event. What better way than with party uplighting. To achieve a fun atmosphere you need uplighting that is easy to set up and control. These lights are used when music is played by either your band or DJ.
Typically this lighting is provided by your hired entertainment. If you hire vendors for the uplighting you are paying them to set up and change colors. However, DIY uplighting gives you the best of both worlds. Not only does it save you money, but you are also able to have it change colors with the music all by yourself.
the single best way to make your uplighting look good is to dim the venue’s lighting
Ship Our Wedding® uplighting gives you the party look with more customization. Not only can you sync your party light rentals together, you can also control it with your phone using a free app. Have it slowly change colors, dance to the beat and even strobe during the breakdown of a song. Watch our video below for more info on how to set up DIY party lighting.
A lot of times couples think it is better to have the lighting stay one color the whole evening. Ask yourself do you want every photo to have the same look? A good reason to have it change colors is that it adds more variety to your overall wedding photos. We have seen pictures of weddings where the lighting changed colors and it looks like a different party in each photo.
You can still get your formal shots before you switch over, just consider the fact how different colors can enhance your ambiance. Also when your lighting changes colors the dance floor will have more activity. Also the single best way to make your uplighting look good is to dim the venue’s lighting. This will give you more color saturation and is something we highly recommend.
When you need to splash color in specific areas, then accent uplighting is your best route. An example of accent uplighting is using (4) uplights for cocktail hour in a large hallway. Most hallways are bright so you will want to go with a primary color for your accent lighting.
Really there are (2) types of accent lighting. Accent lighting for adding interest in a space and accent lighting that doesn’t work with your color pallet but it makes sense in the space. Just like the example above the accent lighting could have been a red color in a bright hallway (even though the event colors didn’t have any red in the color palette).
One of the benefits of using accent lighting is to give the impression that your space is larger than what it actually is. If you look at a photo from a hallway and it has a different look, feel, texture and color than your reception space it might feel like it was from a different event. This also helps tell a story that you rented multiple rooms/spaces for your event itinerary.
Bonus 3rd Type: Besides adding interest in a space like a hallway you can create interest from nothing with accent lighting. Example aim an uplight on a fake plant in your ballroom and watch it create a shadow on the wall. You can even use wireless uplights under your high tops with white linens to make them glow in the color of your choice. Boom instant accent uplighting! Create a similar accent look with break up pattern gobos. These lights project textured patterns onto your walls with an image that covers large spaces. This is a cost effective way to give a designer look on a budget with gobo lighting.
Thank you for taking the time to read all our secrets about DIY lighting. It doesn’t matter if it is uplighting, up lighting, or uplights; it is all the same thing. What really matters are the expectations you set for your event. Do it yourself uplighting plays a huge role in the success of your event.
Ship Our Wedding® provides DIY uplights nationwide. Uplighting orders that rent (10) or more lights ship free both ways and are delivered right to your door. All orders include everything needed and are guaranteed to arrive at least 2 days before your event. Uplights setup in minutes! Scan the QR code on your phone to watch easy setup videos. Also your uplights are sent back 2 days after your party.
Uplighting creates a gorgeous backdrop in pictures, transforms your space to highlight your color and even adds energy when you need it. There are many ways to achieve the look you want. Just remember these tips to keep in mind during your event planning. If you need help with renting DIY uplighting, don’t hesitate to contact us.