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How to Save on Wedding Uplighting

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Want to create a luxurious wedding effect without a major price tag? Lighting is key! Learn how to find affordable lighting options for your big day.

How to Save on Wedding Uplighting

Lighting is one of our favorite wedding decor elements. Just a few uplights can completely makeover a venue and add a “wow” factor.  And, with our little secret, wedding lighting is feasible on any budget!  So what’s the trick?  Set it up yourself!  Do-it-yourself wedding lighting will help you save big. Here’s a look at how quick and easy it is to set up your own wedding uplighting.


To get started, rent uplights. There are two basic options – standard and wireless.  Standard uplights use power cords, while wireless uplights have built-in, rechargeable batteries.  Not sure how many to rent?  It just depends on the size of your venue. We’ve put together this handy little calculator to help estimate uplighting quantity based on your room size or number of guests.


First, plug the lights into a power outlet.  You can link up to 40 lights together using a single outlet. (If you’re using wireless uplights, you can skip this step altogether!)


Next, pick a color, any color. Uplights can be programmed to just about any shade of any color with the push of a button. To save time, you can program the colors before the wedding.  When you arrive at the venue for setup, the lights will already be set to your desired color.


The last step is to place the lights on the floor, up against the wall. The lights will illuminate the walls from floor to ceiling.  We recommend spacing uplights 10 feet apart around the entire room for a beautiful overall look. For smaller budgets, you can use fewer lights and just place them in key areas, such as the head table and cake table.

Our clients are always telling us they were amazed at just how easy it was to set up their own wedding uplighting. The best part is that you can get the look for just $19/each + FREE shipping nationwide! Here’s a look at a few DIY weddings from couples that set up their own wedding lighting.


We hope you enjoyed learning about how to save on your wedding budget by setting up your own wedding uplighting!  Stay tuned for more do-it-yourself decor tips.  Until next time, happy planning!

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is the founder & CEO of Rent My Wedding, the nation’s largest online event rental company with the most 5-star reviews in the industry. Rental items include event lighting, linens, pipe and drape backdrops, canopies, photo booths, and more.