Post # 1
I’ve been toying with the idea of hanging paper lanterns over the dance floor. The vaulted glass ceiling wil be beautiful for the cocktail hour. Since the reception is in late fall, however, it will be dark by the time we finish eating and start the music. I thought adding some colorful lanterns would be fun and go with the theme of our invitation dots.
Unfortunately, I don’t have much guidance from the hotel as to how to go about this. I’ve been told I can use tape to hang the lanterns, but that doesn’t sound like a very good idea. One, the tape will be obvious and look ugly. Two, will the tape actually be able to hold up several lanterns strung together?
I don’t get the impression there are any pre-existing hooks or nails in the wood beams that cross the ceiling. I’m really struggling for what to do and am starting to think that I’ll have to give up on the idea all together.
I was wondering if anyone knows of some way to hang things that I don’t know of – you know, some sticky putty or glue that’s easily removable after the party is over? Or, is there a strong, invisible tape that will work on the wood beams, side walls, or on the glass ceiling?
Post # 3
How about some strong magnets to hold the lantern string against the metal ?
Post # 4
I was under the impression that the best way to hang lanterns in any situation is to use fishing line (the stronger the better). Because the fishing line is transparent, it appears that the lanterns are floating in air! in your situation this may also work well, because all you need is something to tie the line to – it looks like in the photos there are beams and other things that stick out that may do the trick. You can also avoid all the lanerns being on one line by making a grid of fishing line and hanging them at random points…
Post # 5
And you can hang the fishing line from the beams by using some of those 3M hook things that uses stickers so it won’t leave a permanent mark on the beams. Or I guess you can always wrap the fishing line around the beam.
Post # 6
Oops, I wasn’t clear. I wasn’t asking about the type of wiring, I know to use fishing line. The problem is that I have limited ways to attach string/wire to the ceiling. I can’t add nails or hooks. Tape would look unattractive and stand out. The ceiling is relatively smooth so that’s why I was wondering if there’s some magic putty that production companies use to fix things to walls and glass.
I heard back from the hotel, the maintenance engineer can rig one wire across the length of the top, just above each chandelier in the room. I’m going to have to see if the grid fishing line will be possible, somehow, because one line will definitely have a flat feel to it. The beams are smooth so alas there’s nothing to grip with a clip and the lower (beige) support beams connect to the ceiling so there’s nothing to "wrap around" for the fishing line/wire.
Thanks for the suggestions.
Post # 7
The 3M removable hooks should work. They come in different sizes and colors.
Post # 8
The 3m adhesive hooks are remarkably strong and durable and come off just as clean as they say they will. I have some stuck to my brick home for hanging seasonal decor…and they have been out in the weather for 4 years now. We use them at my office all of the time.
Post # 9
I think the 3M hooks will work – they now come in multiple types of “hooks” including ones for hanging frames, loops (for cords) and more.
Also what about those speakers (?) or are those vents? Can you loop any fishing wire through there? What about finding other brides who’ll be marrying there or have already? Could you ask the hotel for photos of past weddings to check out their decoration ideas?
got any other photos you could post?
Post # 10
I know this answer may be a bit too late but in case anyone else is trying to do the same thing…perhaps suction cups with hooks will work if lanterns are light enough…let me know if this will do the trick!:) Best wishes to all