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Tips for keeping your outdoor reception bright and well-lit

If you're planning on having an outdoor reception, you're going to want to ensure that you have plenty of lighting. After all, your party is likely going to stretch pretty far into the night, and you don't want your guests stumbling around looking for the buffet! Doing so is actually fairly simple - you just have to have a bit of foresight. Here are some tips that will help provide plenty of lighting, no matter how late the party goes.

If you're under a lot of tree coverage, why not hang up some round paper lanterns? You can artfully snake the cords around the tree trunk and into an outlet nearby. As the sun goes down, they'll cast a beautiful glow throughout the reception space and give you and your guests ample lighting.

Candlelight is another great way to keep the reception well-lit. If you have a lot of seating, why not place some colored floating candles on the surface? Make sure to have a few extras nearby, just in case they go out. Candles will give your seated guests more than enough light to see what they're doing and enjoy a bit of conversation.

You can also direct guests down walkways using lights! You may not feel like lighting dozens of candles, but a string of Christmas lights could be all you need. Simply place them on opposite sides of each other and your guests will naturally use them for guidance when the sun starts to go down. This is a great way to ensure that everyone keeps the party exactly where it should be, which is especially useful if you're having the reception at a larger venue.