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Topic: Lighting that's not hung from the ceiling?  (Read 3588 times)
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« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2008 12:52:49 PM »

we made those... I watched on ebay for lanterns cheap  .... also got a few at PierOne  back in the beggining of summer
Pearlriver.com  has lanterns 
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2008 10:25:01 PM »

To soften florescent lights you could drape a semi-sheer colored fabric from the ceiling. This not only soften the lights, but also tints them and can create a beautiful effect.

If you can't hang ANYTHING from the ceiling and walls, it's really simple and fun to create your own lighting. Christmas and led lights can be used to create a "light box." You can line the interior of a vase or a decorative planter with strings of either. Keep in mind that in order to optimize lighting it is best to paint the interior of solid "boxes" white, or you can simply line them with aluminum foil (this also helps protect the "box" from overheating).

Another option would be to build your own lamps out of just about anything. Some cute kits can be found at http://www.nationalartcraft.com/subcategory.asp?gid=1&cid=156&scid=226 and Lowes has a wonderful tutorial here http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=howTo&p=HomeDecor/MakeALamp. Build-a-lamp kits can also be found at many hardware and craft stores.
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2008 11:35:20 AM »

We used fiber optic lamps and LED candles wrapped with paper to create bases and "holders" as our centerpieces.  These "white" lamps, as you can see, have a sort of blueish tinge to them in photos, and I know you can also buy the same type of lamp with colored lights as well (we wanted white because none of the colors we found matched our theme, but I definitely saw them in blue!).

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/ <- this website has TONS of DIY lighting ideas for receptions with all kinds of different lights!  We bought our lamps from them.  Killer shipping costs though, so you might be better off getting ideas from their site and buying elsewhere.

here's a photo of one of our tables (taken by our photographer, David Barnes)
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« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2008 06:30:05 AM »

I like the idea of christmas lights overhead:


You could set up poles at regular intervals at the outskirts of the reception hall and string christmas lights between them.  I also like the chinese lanterns on a stick that someone posted earlier as well.

« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2008 12:17:47 PM »

Last Saturday we attended a wedding whose reception must have had the same constraints, but they had (the caterer must have provided) some towers that were made of heavy duty wire (like tomato cage wire) that were about 8 ft high, and about 18 inches in diameter, and had a sheer fabric column inside it filled with tiny white Christmas type lights. Placed about 30 feet apart along the periphery of the room, they were a lovely accent for a large darkish room. The towers had a nice metal base and did not look homemade, nor did they look as if they would tip over very easily.
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