Post # 1
Fiance and I are planning a wedding at campsite in long island. The reception will be in this Pavillion area, which is great because its covered in case of weather so we dont need to rent a tent. Im just thinking anout the logistics of decorating, and how to do everything smart (cost wise). I really want to have string lights everywhere- Theres beams on the ceiling and posts along the walls that would look great covered in lights. What should i expect to pay for all these lights? Has anyone rented decor, specifically lights? I hate to spend hundreds and then have all these lights and nothing to do with them after the wedding (we dont own a house, so we coudlnt even use them for christmas decorations after). Its probably going to wind up being a few hundred feet of lights, i think, so buying them at a home depot or something seems like it would be too expensive.
Also- the pavillion has a concrete floor. Is a dance floor a good investment? Or dont bother? I want people to be comfortable dancing all night! Not sure if the floor would be too hard.
Post # 2
I would buy lights in January when they go on sale after Christmas. You could resell them after or donate them to charity.
We danced on concrete all night with no issues.
Post # 3
Maybe you can buy a bunch right after Christmas? It’s possible someone in your area might be trying to sell ones the used a few times for decoration or bought and never used? Check things like Craigslist and Freecycle, plus local thrift stores.
I’m sure you can rent them somewhere, but I’d check the price between renting and buying. You could always sell them to another bride if you bought them.
I’d think concrete would be too hard, plus, a lot of dress shoes have a leather bottom and would get torn up pretty badly by concrete.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2019 - City, State
eriberry2488 : So first off the lights, I would consider Costco. In the summer I’ve seen them have string lgihts to purchase and you could probably sell off to another bride after. Try doing some searchign on Costco and Home Depot and places like that to see what they have. Also try looking in your local facebook wedding group. I am saving tons of money by buying decor second hand that I will also sell after my wedding.
As the the concrete floor, I would spurge for a dance floor. Concrete is very hard on feet and shoes. Especially heels. If you think ladies will be wearing them even though it is a campsite, I would go for the floor. Plus it will make things easier, probably look nicer, and be less likely to further cause injuries if someone slips or falls. For example, if you slip and fall on a wooden dance floor, it will hurt and suck. But perhaps onm concrete it might turn out more bloody. Just a thought!
Post # 5
Buy your lights from Facebook Marketplace, or local Bride to Bride or Buy and Sell pages and sell them in the same place after the wedding.
Post # 6
I wore LK Bennetts with leather soles and they were fine on concrete.