Uplighting is becoming a “must have” item at Weddings and Sweet 16s, however a lot of corporate events are also using uplighting to enhance their brand or help promote a product launch. Uplighting gives your events venue that extra “pizazz” and/or elegance. However, it is not for everyone. If you don’t want to make a bold statement, then this is probably not for you and your event.
We generally cringe when a client says “We want a very subtle color.” The whole point in going to the time and expense of Uplighting is to enhance the facility. Vibrant colors are what make your pictures jump off the page. They also, quite noticeably change the mood of your guests. It’s been proven in Scientific studies that colors have a dramatic impact on mood and energy. If you’re really after a subdued vibe for your event, white or amber are excellent choices. However, aren’t most brides always the ones telling me they “just want our guests to have a great time”? Use color to your advantage! Magenta, Purple, Blue, or Red (or shades thereof) are some excellent choices.
One thing I tell all my clients is “Don’t skimp on the number of fixtures.” When you run short on a color presentation, it’s very apparent to everyone in attendance. It’s better to slightly over-do it than to come up short. The biggest question I hear is “How much uplighting do I need?” As you would expect, it obviously depends on the size of the room, the number of guests, and what wall-space is available for lighting. What I can tell you is, for most of our jobs (125-200 guests), the magic number always seems to come up is between 10 to 20.
Most uplighting fixtures can be programmed to roll gently from one color to the other. We do have a fair portion of our wedding clients that opt for this setup, but I’d place it as the minority. Practically all of our school dances or proms use color change but weddings typically will either go with a single (static) color or perhaps may use alternating patterns of color (“red – white – red – white”). Only you can decide what works best for your color scheme and venue.
We create great events by setting the tone from the very start. The moment a guest walks in we want them to pause as their eyes widen and they take in all the sights and sounds we’re presenting. If we’ve done our job correctly, this raises the expectation of your guests. Once that expectation is raised, it’s much easier to push it on into “off the hook” territory. Uplighting is a tremendous tool for setting the tone of an event. When a guest walks into a room with bright, vivid colors all around, they can’t help but to expect a fantastic evening and expectation creates energy.