How to Decorate Wedding Tent Ceilings

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Outdoor weddings are popular, particularly in the spring and fall. They can help combine a beautiful garden wedding with a formal sit down dinner or cocktail dance. Most outdoor weddings provide shelter for guests through tents. Unfortunately, these somewhat limiting structures can often be difficult to decorate in order to maintain a glamorous theme.

Things You'll Need

  • Tent Balloons Ribbon Scissors Knife Fresh flowers and greenery Silk flowers and greenery Tube lights Fishing wire Net lights Heavy duty needle and thread Japanese lanterns Florist pins Floral or greenery garlands Tulle netting Strands of crystals and beads Chandelier Aurora borealis spray glitter Fiber optic lighting
  • Make balloon groupings in various sizes using the bride's wedding colors. Hang them with ribbon inside the tent ceiling at the corners and in the very center. Add fresh or silk flowers and greenery for additional décor, or spray the balloons with colorful glitter so they shimmer in the candlelight. Allow the balloon strings to hang in curls from each grouping.

  • Use fishing wire to string white tube lights around the perimeter and along the tent's ceiling support beams. The wire is almost invisible and won't take anything away from the romantic lighting effect.

  • Attach net lights across the entire tent ceiling, securing them in place periodically (about every 3') with a stitch or two of heavy-duty thread. Choose clear lights for a starlight effect, or mix and match with the bride's wedding colors for a soft romantic glow. Lights can be pulled taut against the tent ceiling or allowed to swag gently.

  • Hang textured white Japanese lanterns from the tent ceiling using fishing wire and heavy-duty florist pins. Choose different lantern sizes and shapes. Hang some higher and others lower to create visual interest. For a romantic glow, use bulbs in the bride's wedding colors rather than plain white bulbs.

  • Secure greenery or floral garlands with florist pins around the perimeter of the tent ceiling and then create an inner ceiling pattern continuing to add smaller squares and rectangles around the perimeter toward the center of the tent. Another option is to create a maze effect with the greenery. A third option is to criss-cross floral garlands from corner to corner. Feel free to create your own unique pattern as well.

  • Drape white tulle netting in swags from each corner of the tent ceiling. Secure it in the center with a beautiful chandelier or other form of lighting. For extra effect, spray the tulle with aurora borealis glitter so that it will shimmer in the light.

  • Hang strands of crystals or beads (like pearls) at varying lengths inside the tent ceiling using fishing wire and florist pins. Use clear or aurora borealis crystals, or mix and match crystals in various shades of the bride's wedding colors. Strings can be purchased pre-strung, or you can string them yourself with individual beads and crystals.

  • Swag various sizes and textures of ribbons from each corner of the tent to the center. String crystals onto the ribbon tails that hang from the tent center. Place fiber-optic lighting in with the center ribbons to bounce light off of the crystals for a soft, romantic glow. Use white ribbons and crystals, or mix and match with the bride's wedding colors.

Tips & Warnings

  • Balloons can be purchased at dollar stores like Dollar Tree. Curl balloon strings with the sharp edge of scissors or a knife. Tube and net lights can be purchased from most home improvement stores like Lowe's. Japanese lanterns can be purchased at stores that focus on Asian products. Floral and greenery garlands can be purchased at arts and crafts stores like Hobby Lobby. Florist pins can be purchased at wholesale floral warehouses. Tulle can be purchased anywhere wedding supplies are sold. Purchase pre-strung beading at any arts and crafts store or string your own using individual beads placed on fishing wire. Give the chandelier used as part of the tent décor to the bridal couple as a gift to hang in their home. Fiber-optic lighting can be purchased at Nextag.
  • Make certain there is a sufficient lighting source available to anything used that is electrical in nature. Do not overload any single electrical circuit. Tape up or down any electrical wiring so that it can't hook onto something or be tripped over by guests. Avoid using flammable materials as much as possible.

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