(Closed) Outdoor wedding/reception lighting? What did you do? will you do?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7992 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I bought LED candles, and those ivory bags to put them in (I can’t use real candles because of venue restrictions). They look terrible in the daylight, but they will look OK in the dark, when I put them out.

If your venue allows it, I would use pillar candles. Simple, classic, and romantic (and cheap!)

Post # 4
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

we are having a tented reception so we will be doing christmas lights and candles. But we are most likely going to buy some solar lights to line the walkway and using rose bowls with candles placed in tuna cans on stakes. 

Post # 5
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

We used Christmas lights strung around the trunks of trees and from tree to tree, and we placed small votives on all of the dinner candles. We hired our DJ to provide uplighting on 4 trees (a light purple, we ordered white uplighting and they messed it up but it ended up looking awesome!) – the uplighting didn’t add much visibility for our guests but it definitely set a certain romantic mood and looked awesome outside.

Post # 6
47 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Waterville Estate, Trinidad

I’m having a tented wedding on a private estate. Under the tent, at the ceiling the decorator is streaming lights which would be woven into fabric. On each table, around the centrepieces, there would be tea lights which would be lit as soon as the sun starts to set. Also, inside each centrepiece, there would be a LED light to make the piece glow. Along the main walkway, on each side, we plan to have solar lights as well as uplighting for a few trees. I’m still thinking what to do for the dance area……..

Post # 7
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m still amazed at how amazing twinkle lights look at night. They’re so simple and can really create such a soft beautiful glow. Great for pictures!

We’re also looking into candles for some additional soft lighting.

Post # 8
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@yellowballoon:  I bought 500 feet of globe lights from a wholesale outlet. We are running it all off of some generators his dad has (placed far away and I have been assured they are whisper quiet).

I had looked at Pottery Barn and Target originally and the whole thing was going to cost over 800 dollars to get that much light – possibly more. I paid about 350 for everything (lights and white wire was sold seperate).

If you are interested I can resell them… pm with a price 🙂 I will obvi discount for being used and I will let you know if we had any break or anything so if you need replacement bulbs (c-7 size) you can pick them up. They’re pretty cheap.

If you want to buy straight out – here is the site I used.

I also am hanging a few white paper lanterns (various sizes) with internal lights I am buying from here. I own 35 or so from FSIL’s wedding. I paid for them last year so I could have them for this year 🙂 I can include those for you too – lol.

I have a gallery posting with my ideas. We decided on using a tent because I am sure it will rain on my wedding day.

P.S. I keep thinking of things!) I have 15 strings of white christmas lights that I am using in the bathroom tents and around the dance floor area. AND! an 8′ disco ball and a 12′ with motors and pinlights.

OK I’LL STOP!!! lol – let me know what you think or enjoy the free links regardless!!

Post # 9
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We are having our reception in our backyard and have hired a rental company to come and string market lighting/cafe lights around our backyard. I decided I didn’t want to mess around with strings of lights the week before the wedding and it’s nice to know that not only do these people come and put them up but they also come and take them down!

Post # 10
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are doing our lighting with clear Christmas lights and candle centerpieces. We went to Lowe’s after Chirtstmas and got about 50 25ft strands for $1 each on clearance. I got votives online, just under 300 for about $50 and bought various shapes/sizes of glass containers from the dollar store. We’re putting 10-20 votives per table and putting the Christmas lights across the top of our tebt and throughout the yard.

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