Q: I’m having a backyard wedding and one thing that I know we need is lighting. My parent’s house is in the hills and the backyard area gets quite dark at night. I don’t want people stumbling or not being able to see each other. I did get a quote from a lighting company, but I don’t have a huge budget and it’s just too much. Do you have any suggestions on a way to do cheap DIY lighting?
There are definite ways to light up your backyard without breaking the bank. Now the best way would be to setup string lights that you can buy online or at stores like Target. The reason you want lights overhead is that it will light whatever is below. I don’t know what your backyard looks like, but you will need to have different rigging points in order for this to work. You can attach the strings to the roof or edge of the house’s overhang and string it to some trees or whatever is tall enough so that your guests won’t hit their heads on it. However, not all properties have good rigging points. If yours does not, another option you can consider is doing string lights or lanterns hanging from shepherds hooks along the perimeter of the yard. These won’t be as bright, so you’ll want to do additional lighting on the tables and maybe surrounding the dance floor as well. Candles or luminaries can work well for these purposes. All of these DIY lighting options should be easy to do and easy to find. You’ll just want to make sure you set everything up ahead of time so you know it works and you don’t have to worry about it on the wedding day.
Now, before I go, I do want to mention that another way to combat darkness is to also take into account the timing of the wedding. You’ll want to capitalize on natural light as much as you can so that you won’t need as much DIY lighting. So, consider a daytime wedding instead where people can appreciate the outdoor beauty as much as possible. Or if that isn’t up your alley, then at least make sure you time the wedding so that dinner and toasts aren’t happening in total darkness. Dancing is ok in the dark, but people will want to be able to see their food, see who is talking and see you cutting your cake.
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