Inspiration / Wedding

Wedding Lighting! Decided!

Do you know that feeling you get when you’re so tired you can feel it in your bones? Well, I’m having that feeling. When Napkin comes home from work and says, “What did you do today?” it’s hard for me to make all of the wedding planning, honeymoon booking, and family gathering sound as exhausting as it is. But it is exhausting… so this very short blog post is the last thing I’m going to do before I sleep for a full day.

When I initially booked with Saint Thomas Preservation Hall, I read their online reviews to get a good idea of what to expect from them. They are pretty highly rated across the board… the only negative thing that I could find were a couple of people who said they were slow to return phone calls and emails. Well, I don’t know if they were bratty brides or something… but I have had the exact opposite experience. Barry, the manager at Saint Thomas, has returned every email I’ve written him in a few hours. Not only does he answer the questions that I have but he also gives me good, solid information and tips for my wedding planning. He’s one of the very few people who have not treated me like I was supposed to know everything already. It’s been incredibly nice.

So I found these outdoor string lights at Target and wrote Barry about whether or not I should buy them to help light my wedding. I knew it would be a costly, complicated endeavor and I needed to know how many sets of lights I needed, how many feet, etc. Well, he wrote me back and was basically like, “Hold up, girl.”

Apparently, because St Thomas is a historic building… there are pretty specific electricity codes that have to be met (meaning, not this:


So it’s a pretty costly procedure. Bum out, I told myself.

He went on to tell me more about how lighting is really expensive and a hassle and then he recommended High Performance Lighting in Wilmington… as they have done hundreds of events at Saint Thomas and know the space really well. I called High Performance the next morning and was told to take a look at the gallery on their webpage to get some ideas. Truth be told it was a little underwhelming. I had really wanted something that resembled stars; warm lights, low maintenance and no fuss. So I called back the next day and asked if they had anything else in their inventory that may not have been mentioned.  They chatted with me for a little while… but basically they didn’t have what I was trying to describe. Then, I just said it. “I just really want something that sort of resembles a starry sky… I know that’s weird.”

“OH!” They said.

“Oh?” I said.

“One second, let me ask about something…” they said.”I think I have the light type you’re looking for… I’m sending you an image right now.”


When I got the picture… I cried a little… and, needless to say, decided on them immediately. And the price was ridiculously low. Half of what I thought I was going to be paying. Those lights, strung across the high ceilings of St. Thomas, are absolutely what I had envisioned in my head and I am tickled to have found them. So there you have it! You are going to look so lovely under my little starry sky on October 7th!


Now for goodness sake, goodnight!


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