(Closed) Lights for a victorian/theme tented wedding reception–twinkle, cafe, or uplight

posted 8 years ago in Themes
  • poll: cafe string lights, twinkly or rope lights, or regular uplighting
    Cafe string lights : (8 votes)
    57 %
    Twinkle or rope lights : (5 votes)
    36 %
    uplighting : (1 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    3148 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    hmm i think you have your answer! *laugh*

    Post # 4
    1765 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think that the cafe lights would look fine.  I have seen them on venue websites before.  Go for what you can afford that you like best.  🙂

    Post # 5
    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I think cafe lights fit the theme much better- they remind me of turn of the century theaters and the like that used strings of light bulbs to show off the fact that they had electricity.  The other options will hinder the “vintage” look…

    Post # 6
    103 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    here is the thing about cafe string lights…they are wicked expensive!  they come out to a dollar or two a linear foot….and most people have hundreds of linear feet they would like to string.  i am going with the christmas lights that i got at wal-mart after new year’s for 5 bucks for 400 feet, or something crazy like that.  then i am purchasing small grapevine balls for .49 cents each, and will put them over some of the lights, for a globe effect (although a bit more rustic), without the globe pricetag!

    Post # 7
    3 posts
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Cafe string lights are a classical / elegant way to light an outdoor space. They are my first choice for almost any outdoor reception. I have event used them indoors effectively as well. I do not think that they will be a distraction before sunset at all. Make sure that you install them securely to a solid structure, or they will sag significantly

    Every cafe string lighting situation seems to be unique and this is the reason for the difficulty. But the trouble is definitely worth it. Usually, you can re-coup the cost by re-selling the lights after the wedding on Craigslist.

    Uplights and twinkle lights or rope lights are not your first choice in this situation. The uplights will be lost in the trees / lanscaping. The twinkle lights will remind you too much of x-mas.

    Just one opinion.


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