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 setup your own wedding uplighting.
GETTING STARTED: RENT UPLIGHTS
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.
STEP 1: PLUG IT IN
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!)
STEP 2: PICK A COLOR
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.
STEP 3: PLACE LIGHTS ON FLOOR
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!
Editor’s note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more pandemic wedding resources here.