I would like to take the opportunity to discuss an option that we are currently providing for our clients. Many of our clients have taken advantage of this ongoing trend called "Up-Lighting." First, If you already have up-lighting, than I still encourage you to read this article so then you can know what possibilities can be done to add your own style to your wedding night and color combinations.
Some brides say this to me quite often, "My venue is picked. I have my flowers and dress colors picked out, but I am not totally happy with the “look” of what my wedding reception will be. I have a great room, but what can I do to make my wedding look unique compared to every other wedding that has taken place in this room? I want my wedding to show my personality and be memorable. I can only decorate the room so much. Should I get chair covers and spend the extra to get the specially colored napkins? I can’t change the architecture and colors of the room – or can I?" Well, YES YOU CAN!
There is a popular trend in weddings called Up-Lighting. Up-Lighting has been around for years, but the lights were big, hot, halogen lights that could potentially cause damage and many banquet halls outlawed them because of their power consumption and fire hazards. Nowadays, Up-Lighting is becoming more popular because of LED lights. Most new up-lights have over a million, even billions of color options and can be customized to create the exact ambiance that you want throughout your wedding reception. Are your bridesmaids all in pastel pink or hunter green? Fall or beach themed? Make the room match with the same colors as your bridal party and decorations.
Up-Lighting sits on the floor and produces a beam of light that reaches the ceiling. When placed along a wall or in a corner, it can change the look of the room, softening florescent lights and highlighting architecture, giving a plain, multi-purpose room a totally unique and elegant look customized to your mood, colors, or whatever else you want the “feel” of your wedding to be. The newest types of Up-Lighting are wireless and safe enough to even place under a table to highlight certain special items of notice in your reception, such as the bridal party table, the cake, candy or buffet tables, or any other items.
Up-Lighting really does bring a true ‘wow factor’ to your wedding reception and will be remembered by your guests for years to come.
IS Up Lighting for you? It can be. And now its very affordable. Many clients will order just a few lights to put behind the head table, which honestly in some venues, that is all you can do. In some venues, the architecture is just so magnificent, why change it? Well, honestly, you can highlight those aspects of architect to make it "pop" even more. We have done several events where we light up a back wall that was brick or has some texture, and the lighting just give is just an outstanding look. So, in my professional opinion, accenting brick walls, pillars, or a textured wall is a great way to show off your venue's great qualities.
There are several different types of styles of up-lighting for your event. The following are just a few of the ideals we have done in the past.
Option A: Vertical Up Lighting.
Vertical Up Lighting is the most common and easiest. Usually one or two colors that are programmed through out the room, the light is positioned on the floor facing strait up towards the ceiling. The light from the wall emanates through out the rest of the room reflecting from the ceiling and the wall. This set up is perfect for venues that have low ceilings.
Option B: Kriss Cross Up-Lighting
"Kriss Cross" Up-Lighting is a unique technique that is great for venues that have small cubbies that are about waist level and have large openings to the ceiling, or are an alternative to the Vertical Up-Lighting. With the kriss cross look, you can actually use less par cans to cover more wall space than you can with regular Vertical up-lighting. This is great for larger rooms to cover a large area and give more of a "Hollywood" look. To accomplish this, we simply put two LED PARCans across from each other along the base of the room and point them towards each other to where the beams of light will create a "X" on the wall. This is also a nice way to accent a gift, cake or punch table. In some cases, we have actually used it to create a back accent behind decorations. The photos below were taken at the Hilton Garden Inn, Sioux Falls, SD. This room has the cubbies I earlier mentioned and on the north side of the room, there isn't any room to put up-lighting, so we decided to put the up lighting in the cubbies and around the furniture. Immediately, we received several positive reviews on the lighting.
Option C: "V" Up-Lighting
Option E: "Sunburst" Up-Lighting
Option F: "Featured" Up-Lighting
Color is your choice, and from over 3 million different color shades to choose from, it can sometimes be an overwhelming task. My recommendation is choose one color as your primary color. For example, if your using pink and blue, choose either blue or pink as the primary. I did an event where they chose red and gold, and even though it did look great, the up lighting through out the room would of been better if it was either just red or just gold. If you must have two separate colors, my suggestion is to do the head table as your secondary color and the rest of the room as your primary color. Like an accent wall in your living room. The main wall that accents the room could be red and the rest of the room a light tan. Same thought but with lighting instead of paint. This ideal actually came from a client, her colors were purple and ivory. She had the sunburst lighting effect behind the head table with ivory white lighting and around the rest of the room we used the fan effect with purple. It was astonishing. Not only was it unique, but the head table was bathed with a warm light and didn't interfere with the photographers pictures. Also the best way to make sure that the fixtures are programmed to the correct color is to give us a color swath so we can see the color in person instead of trying to guess. One person's Malibu Blue, may be another person's Cyan or green-blue. By having the color swath, we can guarantee that the color will match your wedding. Use a color wheel as your basis if you must use 2 separate colors. That way, the two colors don't clash and is easy on the eyes. After all, you don't want to spend $5,000.00 plus on your wedding decorations just to have them look clashed because of a wrong secondary color.
Safety is our #1 priority. By using LED technology, Sioux Falls DJ Squad can ensure that your guests are safe at all times. Many of our clients' events have children in attendance and, by using our line of LED lighting, you never have to worry about a child getting burned or inured. Unfortunately, there are lighting companies around the State who choose to use halogen-based lighting equipment which can (A) melt nearby decor fixtures, (B) burn any person who touches it, (C) catch fabric on fire, or (D) produce excessive heat in a room. In our eco-friendly commitment, we use LED lighting technology that is cool to the touch, does not produce heat, and are safe for small children to touch.
Expansive color reach and spread. In the creation process of our exclusive line of lighting equipment, our design engineers produced lighting units that project color up to 60 feet high and 25 feet wide (based on the unit and model). Many other lighting companies use halogen-based lighting, which has a color reach of only 20 feet high and 3-4 feet wide.
Custom color matching is our specialty. Our LED technology lighting units provide you with no limitation to your creativity and freedom of expression. Each one of our lighting units can be programmed to the color of your choice, based on your event decor or overall event color scheme. Other lighting companies, who use halogen-based lighting, are limited to plastic sheets of colored paper they lay over their lighting units. Unfortunately, this limits you (the client) to a small selection of colors. In addition, when using color overlays on halogen lighting, the color projection is flat or weak. You never have to worry about these issues with Sioux Falls DJ Squad Lighting.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and hopefully it will help you decide on whether or not up-lighting is for you. If you already have reserved your up-lighting package, I hope this has given you some ideals and thoughts of how you want your event to look. If you would like us to demonstrate or would just like a free consultation, please feel free to call me for an appointment.