Uplighting refers to a lighting technique commonly used to enhance the ambiance of a space. It involves placing lighting at the base of walls or other structures and directing the light upwards. Rather than a spotlight, uplighting is lighting around the room that can help create the vibe you are dreaming of on your wedding day. 

Uplighting can be accomplished using various types of lighting fixtures, such as LED lights or specialized uplighting fixtures. These fixtures are typically placed on the floor or mounted on the ground, facing upwards. The light is then directed towards the desired surface, creating a soft, indirect glow that washes over the area.

By strategically placing uplights around a venue, event planners can transform the space and set a specific mood or ambiance. Uplighting can be used to create a range of effects, from subtle and romantic to vibrant and energetic, depending on the color and intensity of the lights used.

How Can I Use Uplighting At My Wedding?

Uplighting can be a fantastic addition to your wedding decor, as it can help create an enchanting atmosphere. Here are a few ways uplighting can be used at a wedding:

  • Highlighting the Venue: Uplighting can be used to showcase the unique features of the wedding venue. By strategically placing uplights along walls, columns, or architectural elements, you can accentuate the beauty of the space and add a touch of elegance.
  • Creating a Color Scheme: Uplighting allows you to incorporate your wedding color scheme throughout the space. By selecting lighting fixtures that can produce a range of colors, you can bathe the room in hues that match your wedding palette. This can dramatically transform the ambiance and tie everything together visually.
  • Setting the Mood: Uplighting can help create the desired atmosphere for different parts of the wedding. For example, during the ceremony, soft and romantic uplighting can be used to create an intimate setting. During the reception, more vibrant and energetic lighting can be employed to encourage dancing and celebration.
  • Focal Points and Accents: Uplighting can be used to draw attention to specific areas or elements in the venue. For instance, you can place uplights behind the head table, cake table, or floral arrangements to make them stand out and become focal points.
  • Customization and Transitions: Uplighting allows for customization and flexibility. With the ability to control the color, intensity, and even the timing of the lights, you can create dynamic effects and smooth transitions throughout the wedding. For example, you can gradually change the colors during different parts of the event, such as transitioning from warm and romantic hues during dinner to lively and vibrant colors for dancing.

Remember, it’s important to work with a professional wedding venue and/or event planner who has experience with uplighting. They can assist you in choosing the right fixtures, placement, and lighting effects to achieve the desired look and feel for your wedding.

Can I Use Uplighting at an Outdoor Wedding Venue?

Yes, uplighting can certainly be used in outdoor wedding venues! In fact, outdoor spaces provide a wonderful canvas for creative uplighting designs. Here’s a few ideas about how to use uplighting in outdoor wedding venues:

  • Highlight Natural Features: Outdoor venues often have beautiful natural elements such as trees (such as Diamond A’s 200 year old oak trees), bushes, or rock formations. Uplighting can be used to illuminate these features, bringing them to life and creating a magical ambiance. By placing uplights at the base of trees or behind foliage, you can create stunning silhouettes and textures.
  • Enhance Architectural Elements: Many outdoor wedding venues have architectural structures like gazebos, archways, or pergolas. Uplighting can be used to highlight these structures and make them visually captivating. By placing uplights strategically around these elements, you can add depth and dimension to the outdoor space. For example, at Diamond A, one of our ceremony location choices is the Stoneway, which has some beautiful uplighting potential! 
  • Light the Pathway/Aisle: Uplighting can be used along pathways, walkways, or entrances to guide guests and create a welcoming atmosphere. By placing uplights along the edges of pathways, you can provide both functional and decorative lighting, ensuring safety while adding an enchanting touch.
  • Colorful Accents: Outdoor venues often offer a lot of open space, which provides an opportunity to use uplighting to create colorful accents. By using colored uplights, you can bathe certain areas, such as trees or architectural elements, in vibrant hues that match your wedding color scheme or theme.


When planning uplighting for an outdoor wedding, it’s important to consider the power source and weather conditions. Make sure to work with a professional event planner who can provide appropriate outdoor lighting fixtures and address any technical considerations specific to outdoor environments.

To Sum it Up: The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Uplighting


  • Do Consult with a Lighting Professional, Event Planner or Your Knowledgeable Diamond A Ranch Staff: A professional can help you choose the right lighting fixtures, create a lighting plan, and ensure that the setup aligns with your vision.
  • Do Consider Your Venue: Take into account the specific characteristics of your wedding venue (both ceremony and reception areas). Factors such as the size of the space, architectural features, and existing lighting conditions will influence how you approach uplighting. Customize your lighting design to enhance the venue’s unique attributes.
  • Do Think About the Mood: Consider the atmosphere you want to create with uplighting. Determine whether you prefer soft and romantic lighting, vibrant and energetic colors, or a combination of both. The mood you desire will influence the choice of colors, intensity, and placement of the uplights.
  • Do Coordinate with Your Wedding Theme: Ensure that the uplighting aligns with your overall wedding theme and color scheme. Use lighting to complement your decor, floral arrangements, and other design elements. Consistency in theme will help create a cohesive and visually appealing atmosphere.
  • Do Experiment with Colors and Effects: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors and lighting effects. Try out various color combinations, transitions, and patterns to find the ones that work best for your wedding. Use lighting to create visual interest, focal points, and dynamic moments throughout the event.
  • →Pro Tip: Use blue and purple lighting towards the end of the evening when you want to get the dance party started! Do your best to steer clear of green uplights, as those have a tendency to make people look sick and food unappealing. 


  • Don’t Overdo It: While uplighting can transform a space, avoid overdoing it by placing too many lights or using excessively bright colors. The goal is to enhance the ambiance, not overpower it. Use uplighting strategically and sparingly to create a tasteful and balanced effect.
  • Don’t Neglect Lighting Placement: The placement of uplights is crucial for achieving the desired impact. Avoid placing lights in a way that causes harsh shadows, creates unflattering angles, or distracts from the main focus points. Ensure that the lights are properly positioned to illuminate the intended areas and architectural features.
  • Don’t Forget to Test the Lighting: Before the wedding day, conduct a thorough test of the uplighting setup. Ensure that all lights are functioning correctly and producing the desired colors and effects. This allows you to make any necessary adjustments or troubleshoot issues ahead of time. Remember, the uplighting will also add to the photography you will have forever, so testing can ensure it is exactly how you want it before the big day!
  • Don’t Ignore Power and Safety Considerations: Make sure to consider power sources and safety precautions when setting up uplighting. Outdoor venues may require additional considerations, such as waterproof or weather-resistant fixtures. Work with professionals who can address electrical needs and ensure safe installation.
  • Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Dimmers: Dimmers can be immensely helpful in adjusting the brightness and intensity of uplighting. They allow you to create different atmospheres throughout the event, from softer lighting during dinner to more vibrant lighting for dancing. Consider including dimmers in your lighting setup for added flexibility.


By following these do’s and don’ts, you can effectively incorporate uplighting into your wedding design and create a visually stunning and memorable experience for you and your guests.

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