(Closed) My venue doesn’t have dim lighting, HELP

posted 9 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Best way to create inexpensive lighting
    Lanterns : (3 votes)
    15 %
    plenty of candles : (14 votes)
    70 %
    string lights : (3 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    4567 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Candles… christmas lights… paper lanterns… lots and lots of mirrors!

    Post # 4
    2434 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    Unscrew some light bulbs!

    Post # 5
    6661 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I like all of your ideas! I have to say that I went to a wedding once where there was one large chandelier in the center of the ballroom and no other lights. My FH and I felt really uncomfortable dancing in the bright operating-room dancefloor (they were also watering down the drinks) so we had to ask the DJ to dim the light. It did not turn out well because once he did that it was like “lights off”.

    I found out later on the bride had the choice between upgrading the chairs or adding a lighting package and she chose the chairs. I understand you have to make sacrifices within your budget, but I definitely would have chosen the lighting – it creates a nicer atmosphere and I honestly don’t remember the chairs at all.

    Post # 6
    2434 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    I voted for candles- make sure your venue allows them!  Some places don’t.

    I didn’t vote for lanterns, because they are pretty involved to light and set up.  You have to either light them with disposable lights and get them strung all over the venue (in which case they aren’t that bright) or you have to run wiring with lights all over the place and hang the lanterns from them.  It can get really expensive.

    Also- strings of light are easier than lanterns, but you still have to hang them.

    My venue wanted like $50 an hour to do any decorating.  Doing it yourself wasn’t an option because they required a bonded, insured contractor for anything that involved a ladder.  So if your venue has similar requirements, strings of light or lanterns could get pricey.

    Post # 7
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Why limit yourself to either-or? I would say do lanterns places like the gift table, buffet tables (if you have them), etc.; candles on the guest tables, and string lights swathed in tulle criss crossing the ceiling and running around the room. You’ll have little pools of light wherever you need them!

    Post # 8
    1765 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I bought some cheap candle chandeliers and am using battery powered candles in those. Just a thought!

    Post # 9
    374 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    LOTS of candles makes for romantic lighting!

    Post # 10
    175 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    It depends on your “theme” and the style of your venue.  But candles pretty much go with anything, you just need to get ones that will burn long.

    Post # 11
    599 posts
    Busy bee

    I vote candles. Just so romantic.

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