Post # 1
Hi lovely ladies!
I need some of you who are crafy/handy to help me with some ideas. Long story short…I have been trying to decide what to do (if anything) as a backdrop for our tent wedding on the beach. One side of the tent looks out to the busy road, so I was hoping to have that wall of the tent down, with some kind of backdrop behind the head table to brighten it up.
I just found this photo on Pinterest and fell in LOVE.
I like this one also, but not quite as much….but do-able if need be.
So I of course immediately found globe lights on-sale at Target and bought 15-20ft strings. (Probably way more than I need, but hey, better too much than not enough!)
My question is…how the heck do I hang these in the reception tent to achieve that look!?
Also any suggestions on how to hang them around a dance floor?
Post # 2
Our tent company hung our bistro/globe lights for us at our wedding. They wouldnt allow us to DIY it for liability reasons (so we dont hurt ourselves or damage the tent presumably!). I would ask your rental company. If they let you do it- zip ties are the way to go.
Post # 3
The instructions on the box will tell you how many strings can be joined end to end. You start with a hook nearest the electrical outlet and simply drape the strings across the pace to the hook on the othe side, creating the swag.
Each time you go across you lower the string of lights. Start by making the drop spacing about 8″ and see how it works out for the width you need to cover and the length you have available.
Post # 4
Thanks for the ideas! I will ask the venue if they will hang the lights for us!
I had thought maybe zipties, I have heard possibly very heavy duty fishing wire loops, and I know there are also command hooks for outdoor lights, but I don’t know which would work best. The command hook idea seems simple but would make me nervous that they would fall!
Post # 5
That part I get! I am just trying to figure out how to attach the actual lights to the tent. I am guessing we wont be able to actually have hooks so I don’t know if I should ziptie them or what.
Post # 6
You need to know what the infrastructure of you tent looks like. There are poles across the top, over which you can hang a hook. Often the poles are slipped through a canvas tube so the pole itself is only accessible at the corners. That means you may have to drape one whole wall.
Ask your vendor for a diagram of the tent structure and, if possible, see an actual tent set up.
Zip ties are your friend for hanging string lights.
Post # 7
zip ties are sturdy, cheap, easy to use and come in clear. Fishing line is going to be a POA and command hooks not as secure.
Post # 8
I don’t think this is mentioned or asked yet, but don’t forget to check with the people who are setting up your tent if you are using a generator. Check to see if the generator can handle however much more amount of lights you plan to hang!