Last week in the Breaking Dawn post I mentioned how pretty string lights can be when they are done right. I thought I’d find a few examples of best and worst applications. Maybe this will help you decided if they’re right for your reception!
Why this works- There are millions of string lights done in one single way. This creates an open canopy of light and makes this huge outdoor space feel more intimate.
Why this works- These inexpensive and easy to make chandilers would be fantastic hanging over tables and would ground them helping to make an open space cozy. These would be stunning in a ballroom, backyard, or even a barn. Just remember to talk to the venue before you get your heart set on them.
Christmas Chandelier via Grosgrain, Paper Heart Cutouts via Flickr, Strung Lights via Preston Baily
Why this works- The unique paper cutouts help diffuse the lights creating a beautiful bunting. This would look fabulous just about anywhere!
What went wrong- Tulle, lights and fake flowers or greenery are always a bad combo. There are great ways of creating an alter setting that don’t involve this combo. Consider renting a pretty arch that doesn’t need to be fussed up, like a grapevine arch. Simply add lights and Ta Da! You’ve got yourself a beautiful alter. Not into grapevine? Create an arch out of PVC and cover it in burlap, then let string lights dangle behind the burlap. It’ll soften the light and create a romantic feel.
What went wrong- First those chairs have got to go! Either rent some inexpensive garden chairs or some pretty white covers. Go easy with the sashes and remember, covering everything ugly in white will instantly make it a neutral. Next the lights. There’s no where near enough. If you want to create a statement with them, you’re gonna need A LOT. Be on the lookout right after Christmas to get a great discount on them.
Arch image credit, Ballroom image credit, Head table image credit.
What went wrong- Ah the dreaded combo again…To fix it, nix all that greenery and consider adding a few beautiful colorful and low centerpieces on the table. Add a large arrangement on either side near the columns. Remove that tulle and the lights from the columns because with the two arrangements, the columns will be understated and elegant. The backdrop with the lights and tulle are pretty but the table lighting throws it over the top so if you want the table to be special in some way, consider adding up-lights under the table to give it a softer glow and even add a pattern or monogram with a GOBO.
With the right tools and vision, mini lights can make an event feel even more spectacular with the smallest budget. Just remember to edit yourself wisely and if you need someone with a great eye, think about contacting an event stylist to help you iron out all the details. Another set of eyes is often exactly what the decor doctor ordered!