Post # 1
I am having an outdoor DIY wedding on some private property in the Blue Ridge mountains. Our biggest challenge is figuring out lighting since this isn’t a traditional wedding venue. I attached a few pics to give you an idea of the space we’re working with for the ceremony and reception (they will be held in the same area). Since it’s just a wide open piece of land I want to use lighting to help delineate the different areas of the reception. I’ve purchased about 15 boxes of 25 ft string cafe light bulbs as well as 20 paper lanterns. We have plenty of lights but NO IDEA of how to string them up since there are no trees nearby and we’re not having a tent.
We’d like to hang the string lights over the area where the reception tables will be and over the dance floor. I’ve considered using 6 ft shepherd hooks but even if the lights were pulled taut some of the taller folks would still be hitting their heads on them when they stand up!
If any of you bees have creative, and most importantly affordable, ideas of how we could sting up the lights I’ll be so appreciative! We’ll have plenty of guys on hand to help us but we just have no idea where to start. We’ve considered using some kind of poles but we can’t wrap our heads around what materials to use and how to anchor them to the ground.
Post # 3
Now this may be WAY off but what if you went a different direction…
And Instead of Over Head light you strung a “wall” of lights up?…
I don’t know if the trees in the 2nd & 3rd pic are the same but if their opposite each other (kinda making a walk way) what if you did something like this
(i stole your pics to show you what I was talking about)
I think even if there were only 1 set of trees, if you hung enough strings it would TOTALLY illuminate the area……
Just a thought (like I say I may be WAY off lol)
Post # 4
@runsyellowlites: What a cool idea. Thanks for taking the time to draw them into my pics- that was so sweet. Definitely an option but I still have this fantasy of putting them up over at the tables like this…
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I know- I kind of wish I never saw that picture b/c now I am obsessed with making it happen but not sure if I’ll be able to do it. Such is wedding planning, though 🙂
Post # 7
I personally would go with your idea but use candle and laterns also, candle for the walkway, and laterns from tree limbs and maybe use the wrought iron candle laterns for centerpieces.
Post # 8
Patio/Cafe lights are awesome! So beautiful!
Are you allowed to string the tree trunks?
Post # 9
@CupCakeMeg: I love them too. I got 15 boxes of the 25 ft ones on sale for 1/2 off at Target after Christmas! I don’t think they care what we do as long as it isn’t permanent. nice to have a laid back property owner on our side.
Post # 10
First of all- SUPER jealous of your venue! Looks amazing!! Secondly, I have nothing to add other than I will be stalking this post, because I am also have an outdoor DIY wedding in a park that’s heavily wooded…at night time. Eeeeks!
Post # 11
Hi Starspring Bride! I wondered if you might want to part with your globe lights you found at Target for such a deal following your wedding this year! We’re getting married in late July 2011 and have the same idea that you did…hoping to see if you’d want to share the cost a bit and get an even better deal to help both of our budgets 😉 If you’re not interested that’s fine…I’ll start bargain hunting but have definitely missed out on the post Christmas sales for this year 😉
Post # 12
How about putting umbrellas by the tables? It would give you the opportunity to hang the lights on something. OR your could rent those tall lanterns that look like street lights, which would also give you the oppotunity to hang them also. I have also seen really tall shepards hooks (6-7ft tall), but they are prety pricy.
Post # 13
@nin012:Hey! Just got this message. PM me and we can definitely talk about selling the lights to you after our wedding on the 29th of May.
Post # 14
That is a gooorgeous venue!
I’m not really sure how to help :/ I’ll think on it. While I’m thinking about how pretty your venue is 😀
Post # 15
hi bees. not sure if anyone’s checking this post since its been a while, but my fiance have the same issue.
we are thinking of using pvc pipe, a brick and cement. it’s kind of makeshift, but i’m hoping we can make it look nice.
let me know if you have any questions or if anyone else has any other ideas!
Post # 16
I found this site for help:
We are going to use 5 gallon buckets and wrap them in fabric and tie with a bow, use white pvc pipe instead of wood (goes better with our wedding). And use cement instead of gravel.
1 PVC pipe 1″ by 10′, one 40lb bag of quikcrete, one bucket = about $9.00, we figure we’ll need 9- 12, going to put one in middle, and string from there.