Post # 1
Lights for a victorian/vintage/outdoor reception in the garden of a historic house—we bought cafe lights and wanted to string them across the 80 x 20 foot tent. Does that go? They will look ugly beofre sunset though. What about rope or twinkle lights with ivory see through fabric? We could just do the tent company’s regular uplighting but its so boring. Any thoughts?
Post # 3
hmm i think you have your answer! *laugh*
Post # 4
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
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
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
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.