Post # 1
So we have our venue for our May 2015 wedding. The whole wedding will take place on an island, by the lake. It is gorgeous. The ceremony will be outdoors and the reception is inside the 1970’s convent on the island. The convent as been repurpose as a retreat “hotel”. It is pretty basic, very 1970’s…and kind of ugly 🙁
The room itself is boring, the colors are not great but we chose the venue anyway because of the outdoor scenery. Anyways. We want to bling it up with decorations but we are clueless about lighting. We originaly wanted bistro string lights, hanging across from each side of the room like this picture (so no need to turn on the fluorescents and the ceiling fans).
We CAN’T hang hooks on the wall or ceiling, unfortunately. Do you think 3M large Command hooks would hold them securely? We also plan on putting 2 lanterns on each table. There will also be other lighting on the stage for the band and the DJ is bringing some disco lights too.
Is it enough lighting? Do you have any other suggestions on how we should light this room? Please help us figure out a way to give some kind of character to this room!
Post # 2
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
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
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.
Post # 5
julies1949: It is not a standard T bar suspended ceiling, of course… But, my FI thinks we could us those hooks you showed on the fluorescents. We will go back to the room and make sure it is possible.
We think about getting maybe 200-300 ft of string lights to hang.
Thanks for your ideas!
Post # 6
AprilinTX: That looks a lot like our venue! The venue is 30 min from home so yes we wil be going back there and taking a closer look to that ceiling. Good idea to line another string along the wall.
AstronautBarbie: We fear the 3M hooks wont be enough support… what a disaster if the lights fall down during the meal… We thought about using the fans as support for the bistro lights too. And good idea to use the window stills! Maybe LED candles hiden in lanterns?