How Much Does Wedding Uplighting Cost?
Uplighting is an art of playing or positioning appropriate lights in strategic places to create a gorgeous setting without necessarily going over your budget. The secret to having a grand and glamorous wedding reception relies heavily on special effects, particularly on how you play with the lighting system. The best part is that this aspect of the wedding will not be very expensive but can add a lot to the atmosphere. All you need is a little creativity; or, better still, ask someone who specialize in uplighting to create a truly magical atmosphere during your wedding reception.
How much does it cost?
- The average wedding uplighting rate is around $2o to $35 for the light itself. However, some lights can cost significantly more.
- For example, monogram lights can cost $300 to $500. Texture lighting can cost $50 to $150 per light fixture, a cake spotlight can cost $30 to $150. A bliss light can cost $200 to $500, a centerpiece light can cost up to $35 and pin-spot lighting can cost $30 to $85 per table or light.
- Depending on the set up that you want, plan on budgeting around $650 to as much as $3,000 for an entire package of wedding uplighting. The prices will really come down to the size of the room, the number of lights that you want and the provider completing the job.
- Superlative Events, for example, offers a $ 1,250 – $2,500 lighting package for an entire ballroom.
- According to a forum thread on the website ProjectWedding.com, one user paid upwards of $1,700 for a lighting package. Many here recommended that you consider simply doing it yourself.
- CurtisKnight.com, an uplighting service offers 12 lights for $840, 15 lights for $990, and as many as 50 lights for $2,360. They state that the average wedding uses around 20 lights.
What is going to be included?
- Generally, the wedding uplighting cost is inclusive of the color of your choice; delivery of equipment; bases and gels; installation and dismantling of lights; all the cords needed as well as adapters; and connectors.
- You can choose any color of the rainbow to use for your uplight that matches your motif, décor, and decorations.
- At Superlative Events, for example, the lighting package is inclusive of the following services: Labor and supplies, 15 to 20 tables and a standard 4-hour load-in, 2 hour load-out.
- If you only purchase the lights and are going to do the job yourself, the lights will come with bulbs and cords needed for the light to work.
What are the extra costs?
- If the lighting company you hire is located far from your wedding reception venue, they might charge you extra for travel fees and accommodations. Travel fees usually depend on the package you choose for the occasion.
- A projector can be an additional fee. This can project moving words on the floor and display customized patterns, etc.
- Some lighting companies charge a technician fee to operate the lighting at the event venue.
- If you do the job yourself, you are going to need many things: filters to provide different colors; extension cords and adapters to connect the lights; and mounting supplies or hardware to hang the lights.
Factors that influence the price:
- The lighting costs depend largely on several factors, such as venue of the reception, social status of the client and/or guests, length of the event, date of the wedding, travel distance to the location, types of lighting required, seasonal and city-wide demand, planning, theme, engineering, and other external influences.
- Budget, color, and theme of the wedding also matter in the pricing of lighting packages.
Tips to know:
- Uplighting has the power to bring your wedding reception to life. It transforms an otherwise ordinary venue into something wonderful and dramatic.
- With uplighting, lights are installed at strategic places in the venue and are aimed at the wall or ceiling, to create lively columns of colored light, depth, and dramatic effects to your wedding reception.
- You can even make uplighting the single most important decoration at your wedding reception provided you do it right.
- Uplights are rated by their intensity of visible light, called “lux”.
- Experts recommend that you should have one light for every 15 people.
Questions to ask:
- How early should I make a booking for uplighting services?
- Will hiring a wedding organizer help me save time and money?
- Why should we opt for an uplighting service for our wedding?
- Are there cheap wedding lighting rental companies?
- Do we need to inform the hotel or the venue manager/owner about our plan to install or use wedding uplighting?
How can I save money?
- The one best thing to do to save on your wedding expenses is to prioritize! Together, you and your partner should make a decision regarding which things are worth your money and which are not.
- Limit your guest list. Invite only those people who you think are most important to you.
- Limit the number of people in your entourage. This considerably reduces the number of people to feed.
- Reserve the venue for your reception months ahead to avail of best rates. Ask for discounts whenever and wherever possible.
- Have your wedding ceremony and reception in the same location. Many churches have halls that can accommodate events, including wedding reception, for a reasonable price.
- Instead of hiring a calligrapher, you can opt to ask a friend who has a good penmanship to address your wedding invitations.
- Make your reception decorations simple but choose appropriate lighting effects to transform these decorations into an elegant setting.
- Find a good event lighting service in your area that does not charge so much. It is best to compare at least three services.
- If you have a penchant for it, you can even install your uplighting equipment yourself.
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