Post # 1
Hi everyone! I’m having an outdoor reception and I really need some suggestions on how to save money on lighting.
A vendor quoted me $3,000 for lighting a 30’x30′ field (including four truss jack stands, nine 30ft runs of string lights, 45 paper lanterns and labor) but we really can’t afford that. Out budget for lighting is only $1,000.
We thought about doing it ourselves but there is no tree nearby. I also saw some DIY light pole planter ideas on Pinterest but I’m worried that they can’t hold the weight of nine 30ft string lights plus 45 paper lanterns.
Anyone with similar experience can give me advice? Thank you so much!
Post # 2
Honest advice: don’t have an outdoor wedding without a rain plan, and leave something like lighting to experts. The surest way to cause a fire is to have something plugged in improperly, too many extension cords, incorrect voltage etc.
If you can’t afford what you are planning, scale down. I highly also doubt you could buy the equipment you are looking at and make everything within your $1000 budget.
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club
is there a local school where you can contact for electrician students? Like a vo-tech school? They may be able to give you a good deal since it will be good experience gained.
Otherwise just keep shopping around. The only other option I can think of is putting mason jars with fairy lights on the perimeter of the ground and on table centerpieces. I wouldn’t want to mess with anything else that could potentially be hazardous
Post # 4
Thank you for the advice! The vendor told us to rent a generator to avoid too many extension cords. Maybe we need to increase our budget for safety reasons.
Post # 5
Thank you for the suggestions! We thought about using centerpiece lights. But they probably aren’t bright enough to light up the whole reception. Contacting electrician students sound like a good idea though!