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Do you need wedding reception uplighting at your reception venue. This is a discussion that I have all the time with my clients. It can enhance your venue, or ruin it, depending on how well it is done.
Most of the time, I work at venues that have beautiful uplighting. However, sometimes I see uplighting that has had no creative thought put into the overall balance of a room. “Here’s a wall, lets put a light there”. We have to think of a venue as the canvas and the uplighting as the paint. Are we going to splash paint just anywhere or use controlled strokes to accent just the right areas with just the right amount light? That is just one of the questions to ask when considering uplighting. Here are a few more.
Colors- Probably the most important factor. Most folks, understandably, want their uplighting to match their wedding colors. This makes perfect sense. But understand that some colors have adverse affects on skin tones. A professional photographer should be able to make adjustments to make skin tones look natural. But some colors, green and purple are two that come to mind, are very difficult to adjust. Keep this in mind when choosing your uplighting colors. When in doubt, use an off white or light amber and definitely consult your photographer.
Here is a gorgeous sweetheart table at a wedding reception at Landerhaven.
Number of lights- Most all of the uplighting companies that I’ve worked with have done a great job in advising their clients to just the right amoung of uplighting. But there are some, who only want to sell you as many lights as they can. More is NOT always better. Remember my painting analogy, above? It totally applies. Here you can see an example at Melissa and Andy’s beautiful wedding reception at Cleveland Tudor Arms Hotel.
Intesity – All of you your lights should be adjustable or dimmable. Being able to adjust the lights to balance with the ambient light is critical. If your uplighting company tells you that they can’t do this find a new uplighting company. Here is another wedding reception at Tudor Arms Cleveland.
Here is a wedding cake with wonderful uplighting at a wedding reception at Music Box Supper Club.
Uplighting at Cleveland Old Courthouse.
Having uplighting at your wedding reception almost always enhances and improves a room (even the best ones). So keeping in mind the key items that I’ve listed will ensure that you will have a beautiful evening.