(Closed) Night reception outdoors in May- need lighting ideas

posted 8 years ago in May 2011
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

we are using lighted paper lanterns and also christmas type lights. maybe even real christmas lights since theyll be going on sale soon after christmas =)

we plan on having the paper lanterns strung randomly from the inside of the tent then the lights strung all the way around the edges of the tent

 

 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

definitely paper lanterns and white christmas lights. pick some up right after christmas when they’ll be super cheap!

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Cafe lights (or white christmas lights…ditto them being super cheap right after christmas.  That’s what I’m doing).

I like the paper lanterns, too, but hanging them might be time consuming.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I LOVE candle lit walkways!! I think they are so romantic. I also second the christmas lights 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@buttontoes: someone who did a really nice job with theirs said it took 6 or so hours i think…but it looked so nice! Smile

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Most of the pics that people have posted are actually bulb string lights, which are bigger than christmas lights. if this is one of your only sources of light, then you need to go with bulb string lights and not christmas ones, which are not as bright. just a heads up!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

same thing! I am planning on buying christmas lights AFTER christmas when they are like a dollar a box or whatever it is. i am also thinking of getting jars and placing lights in those and using them on the guests tables.

I hope it works out 🙂

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Another thing I saw at a wedding a year and a half ago were submursable LED lights in the flower vases.  It made a beautiful glow.  I have seen them online, I’m still thinking of getting some myself.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Second to last photo is the type of lighting Im doing for my outdoor May wedding. It is so pretty!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Anyone have ideas for how to get the string light effect in the second to last pic with no trees or structures nearby to hang them from? 

We’re having an outdoor DIY wedding and reception on 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 wood or metal poles but we can’t wrap our heads around what materials to use and how to anchor them to the ground.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Before I discovered clear top tents, my plan was to outline the perimeter of the reception area with really tall shepherd’s hooks. They sell them up to 7 feet and then string the lights/chinese lanterns from those. Something like this

Since I am doing the clear top tent, I plan to use floralytes in all of the centerpieces and led throwies for the chines lanterns. Something like this

I am trying not to rely on electricity once it gets dark so I am trying to stay away from the string lights….even though that was my initial plan. 

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