My wedding planner found these fantastic light column instructions on marthastewart.com. Spoiler alert: this was an expensive project! But, I wasn’t allowed to hang anything in our reception venue, and for the price, I was happy with the unique visual element these added to our reception. I’ll probably reuse them for a homemade photo booth in the future, and the lanterns and lights can be used again and again for other purposes.
Challenge: Because our venue was inside, I couldn’t just shove some dowel rods into the ground. I needed a system that could adequately support the columns while keeping them upright, yet be easily disassembled for transportation in my car.
Here’s what I used:
- 3/4″ dowel rods instead of 1″ (I found dowels longer than 48″ at Menard’s),
- Terracotta pots turned upside down for the base (the hole in the bottom is a nearly perfect fit for the 3/4″ dowel rod)
- Pool noodles (another near perfect fit for the 3/4″ dowel rod!)
- (32) 14″ lanterns sourced from Luna Bazaar for $60.60 including $11 shipping
- (8) strands of white Bridal Lights
- Unwrapped all of the lanterns
- Painted the pots
- Cut the noodles with an x acto knife and bundled them together with masking tape
- Miter-sawed the dowel rods to size and masking-taped the stringed lights to the dowel rods
My planner assembled the pieces at the venue and voilà!
Total Cost for 8 Columns: $200 (or $25 per column)