Lighting challenge! Help!

posted 2 years ago in Decor
Post # 2
42101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

sophielle: I think you will need more strings of lights than shown in your inspiration pic.

It’s hard to see the detail of the ceiling, but it looks like a standard T Bar suspended ceiling. You can get special hooks at the hardware store or even Staples, that  clip on to the bars and allow you to hang most anything.

There are several kind but they all serve the same purpose. You merely push up on the ceiling tile a little , slip the hook over the bar, then drop the ceiling tile back into place.

It looks like you have plenty of ceiling height for string lights. You could even hang a battery operated chandelier or chandeliers in the center of the room.

For the windows, you could have engineers prints of photos of the two of you, or family weddding pics done at Staples, then attach them to transluscent plastic sheets (cut to fit exactly into the window opening)  with spray glue. You could place battery operated votives on the window sill that would light the pics from behind.

Post # 3
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Is this a destination wedding? Would you be able to somehow get an hour or two to test out a strand of the lights with the 3M? If you’re not close to the venue, perhaps just test the strength of the hooks at home? I would think they’d work, you just might need more of them to support the weight. 

If it’s not enough light (I think with the stage and DJ it would be fine, though), perhaps using the command hooks to string some lights along the walls as well. Or consider up-lighting if you have the budget. <br /><br />Another idea: lanterns interspersed as well with LED’s in them?

Post # 4
55 posts
Worker bee

Is that a tile ceiling?  Can you lift the tiles and slide wire or fishing line over the frame?

I have done some odd things with 3M tape, but I just would not trust it for something as important as your wedding.  Plus, even though they claim it won’t damage the walls, sometimes it does.

If the bistro lights are light weight and you have A/C in the room so you won’t be using the fans, perhaps you can use some craft wire or even black wire ties and string the lights up using the center support of the fans.  Of course if that is a tile ceiling, there are a ton of other options.

You could also put candles, electric candles, or touch lights on the window sills.

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