12/28 {Ask Liz} Short Wedding Questions To End The Year

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Inspiration! But, you know, outside.

Dear Liz:

Hi there! I am getting married in May at a stable. I want to have the ceremony on the inside and the reception outside (the views are amazing). Renting lights and paying for them to install them is pricey! Do you know of a cheaper way to provide cute lighting for outside (that actually does the job)?


Bright and Shiny Night

Dear Bright,

Well, this is definitely the week to answer that question! Hit Target, Walmart, etc., and/or your local hardware store and pick up as many discounted Christmas lights as you can, and a few extension cords. It’s probably going to take a couple of trips to figure it out, but take them and a (step) ladder to the stable and see what you can do. Practice, practice. Ooh, and ask if you can use Hurricane lanterns outside.

Yeah. Untie the string.

Dear Liz,

What do you do if you have your guest list, send out Save the Dates, and then have a falling out with one of the guests?  Do you still have to invite them to the wedding?


Forget About It

Dear Forget,

No. If you aren’t speaking to them any more, and don’t want them at your wedding, you don’t have to invite them. You’re not tied to the Save the Date.

So, did you change your guest list when you changed your mind? And, how are you affording gorgeous lighting on your not-so-cute budget? Let us know in the comments below. And, you can find out more about me and my part of Wedding World at silvercharmevents.com!

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith is the owner of Silver Charm Events, a wedding planning service in Los Angeles. She's also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and the author of "DIY Your DOC: Do-it Yourself Wedding Day Coordination." Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Erica

    We couldn’t afford a lot of pretty lights at our wedding so we only hung globe lights over the dance floor and for everywhere else, we hid those big yellow industrial work lights in the trees. With the candles on the table, we still got a soft romantic feel and nobody even noticed the work lights! Definitely way cheaper and easier than trying to find all those strung lights, especially if you just borrow the work lights like we did.