How to decorate an indoor wedding dance ceiling with lights and tulle

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How to decorate an indoor wedding dance ceiling with lights and tulle
Decorate your reception hall with tulle and lights, for an elegant touch. (Wedding Favor image by Trevor Goodwin from

Decorating a reception hall with lights and tulle is a time consuming task. However, the results can be enchanting. Check with the reception hall to see what fabrics are allowed as ceiling decoration. Lightweight holiday lights are going to be the most inexpensive way to incorporate mood lighting into your scheme: But again, these can be challenging to hang. Before hanging anything from the ceiling, be sure you have the appropriate anchors, tools and ladders to safely do the job. The reception site can help you figure out which method is best to use for hanging items from the ceiling.

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Things you need

  • Tulle
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Christmas lights
  • Ladder
  • Extension cords
  • Ceiling hooks
  • Measuring tape

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    Measure the length of the reception hall from side to side. Hang the tulle and lights using the shorter measurements. If the room is a rectangle, drape the tulle from side to side, not front to back. Shorter distances require less support.

  2. 2

    Measure the tulle to run the length of the room. If the tulle isn't long enough, tie pieces together. To do this, thread the fishing line through the mesh in the tulle. Measure enough to run the length of the room; then add at least five feet for draping.

  3. 3

    Wrap the Christmas lights loosely around the length of the tulle starting at one end, and working towards the other. Secure the lights to the tulle, by tying a piece of fishing line around the lights -- and the tulle at the beginning and end -- and every six feet in-between.

  4. 4

    Repeat these steps to make as many sets of tulle and lights as desired.

  1. 1

    Attach ceiling hooks along the edge of the ceiling. Make sure you have a tall enough ladder, so that you aren't reaching too far. If the venue has drop ceilings, you may be able to tie the tulle and lights directly to the ceiling frame. Ask permission before attaching ceiling hooks, or attaching it directly to the frame.

  2. 2

    Tie a piece of fishing line to each end of the tulle and lights for hanging. If you will be hanging it from ceiling hooks, you may be able to just loop the lights around the hook. If you are attaching it directly to a ceiling frame, then you need to tie the fishing line around the metal frame piece.

  3. 3

    Move the ladder to the middle of the room, and attach the middle of the tulle and light strip to the ceiling again using the fishing line. Install another ceiling hook if needed, or tie it directly to the ceiling frame.

  4. 4

    Move the ladder to the opposite side of the room and attach the other end of the tulle and light strip in the same fashion. Repeat for the rest of the tulle and light strips, until the room is decorated to your liking.

  5. 5

    Plug extension cords into the lights, using the ladder.

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