Planning Your Uplighting Placement

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If you’re having a wedding, party or event, and you want to change up the venue’s atmosphere, consider uplighting! Uplighting can really change an entire room’s atmosphere! If you have a theme or color for your event, think about adding the same colors, or colors that go well with your theme. Placing a few lights around the room can really do wonders for the look of your event! So just where should you place the lights? Let’s discuss the ideal placement and details!

Before placing your lighting in the room, remember to consider power outlets, if you’re using wired uplights. This is where wireless uplights really come in handy! You’re not restricted to a certain area and don’t have to mess with the hassle of extension cords! So if it’s in your budget, add wireless uplights! Now, let’s get to the placement.

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First, consider the size of the room and where your guests will be seated, as well as where your head table will be and where the dance floor will be. Some venues have larger rooms with everything taking place in one area. Other venues have different rooms for dinner, cocktail hour, and the reception/dance. Regardless of the venue, uplighting is sure to add to the atmosphere. In my opinion, uplighting looks great anywhere, but it’s best in key areas and corners.

Always place even numbered lights on the wall you’re accenting. It looks better to have pairs of lights, rather than an odd number. The first place to accent is the head table area. Place at least two, but feel free to add as many as you’d like, near the head table. We recommend 2-4 lights in this area. This is the focal point of the room, so highlight this with lighting. Next, place lighting near other important areas, such as the cake table, dessert bar, sign-in table, etc. Once you’ve highlighted these areas, there should be much more color throughout the room! If you still wish to add color and lighting, feel free to now place them along each wall of the room, in even numbers. The lights also look great in corners, too! If you’re outdoors, try lighting the trees, too! It looks great at night!

This placement info is what we use for our events, all year long. Most brides and grooms ask us to decide where to place the lighting, but some have had their own ideas, as well. There’s no standard placement, so feel free to use this as a guide, and add or change what best fits your venue and event!



Jason Rubio is the co-owner and founder of Austin’s Best DJs, a professional DJ & photo booth company that provides music and entertainment for events in the Austin and central Texas area. Jason started his DJ career as a mobile DJ, at age 13, in 1991, and has since DJ’ed thousands of events, providing music and entertainment for clubs, bars, radio, concerts, festivals and various other events.

Jason is also a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education, as well as a Master’s of Public Administration, from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Though Jason worked in the education field since 2003, he continued to DJ public and private events, and later founded Austin’s Best DJs & Photo Booths, with his wife, Diana, who also DJs, in 2012. Today, Austin’s Best DJs provides music and entertainment for approximately 250 public and private events per year, in the Austin and central Texas area.


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