One accent piece to a wedding that has gained quite a bit of popularity is uplighting. It is used to add color to a venue that may not be very friendly to decorations and other accents. However, just because uplighting is popular and can add your favorite wedding colors to your ceremony or reception venue does not mean that it is always a good idea.
When deciding whether to use uplighting for your special day, you need to take a good look at your venue. Keep a few things in mind when doing that.
1. Ask the people whose venue you are using. Have they ever seen uplighting used there? Did it look presentable or was it too much? Were there many lights used to create the atmosphere or just a few to add to the mood?
2. Look at the walls and ceiling of your venue. Some venues already have some form of wall decorations, whether it be paintings, photos, curtains, or artwork. Sometimes there are certain paint patterns on the walls, especially in older historical venues, where the structure was built to look a certain way and cannot be changed. For these types of venue either little strategic uplighting or no lighting at all may be your best option.
3. If a venue has solid color walls, columns, and not much decoration, uplighting will be your perfect solution to make that venue feel warmer and to your liking. As the evening progresses, the overhead lights can be dimmed to set the mood, which will cause the uplighting to stand out even more and add that perfect touch to your evening.
4. If you venue has a lot of windows, especially floor to ceiling windows, uplighting cannot be used on windows. If you wedding is during the day, the windows will counteract against the uplighting, so you may consider just skipping the addition all together. The main thing to keep in mind is that just because uplighting may be available and seem like a great idea, it may not necessarily be the best option for you. Ask the lighting professionals from whom you rent your lighting about their opinion on where lighting can be used. They do this on a regular basis so they may have ideas for you that you may not have thought about. Based on any ideas you receive, you can make an educated decision and make your night truly memorable.