We are having an evening tent reception and I am trying to guesstimate the number of lights we will need for a 40×60 foot tent. Has anyone else used Christmas lights as one of the main sources of light in their reception tent? We will also possibly have a couple stand up lights and plenty of candles on the tables.
Also, does anyone have any good resources of where to buy them? There are all sorts of stores online that sell them, but I am not sure which is the best. My mom and I tried to scope out the stores after the holiday was over, but all of the stores we checked now put their Xmas lights in storage for the next year! We were hoping to get bargains.
The number of lights you need depends on how you plan to use them.
You can see that the number and length of strings varies widely. I suggest you figure out the pattern you want to have, then you will be able to figure out the quantity.
Don’t forget that many couples sell their lights on Craigslist.here are all the current listings:
Did you know that you can check all the posts on all Craigslist sites at once?
Go to http://www.google.com
then add what you are looking for white moni lights
@julies1: Thanks so much! That is so helpful!!! I had checked craigslist, but just locally. Now I feel like I have a place to start.
We are also having a tent reception and are planning on doing this! Can’t wait to see pictures!
My sister had her reception under a pavillion and we used xmas lights to decorate the entire thing. It took a good bit of lights, but not AS much as I thought it would take!
Also be sure to use candles/small lamps, etc. so you are not relying solely on the lights overhead (you can just use the lights, but the candles add a nice romantic feel).
Check with friends and family to see if they have some you could use. Amazon and ebay also have good deals (with a little searching).
We’re doing this also and I’m starting to worry about not having enough lights.
@julies1949: That’s a good tip though that I’ll keep in mind about figuring out what pattern we want and then seeing how many lights we need. Thanks!!
@erincredible: I just noticed that I made typos in the section about searching all of Craigslist.
It should be site:craigslist.org white mini lights.
I left out the r in Craigslist and spelled mini wrong.
Sorry about that.
@julies1949: No problem! Thanks for all your help!