So we went out to Irvine a few weeks ago to check out a wedding they were setting up for, and to talk about some other stuff, like day-of logistics (for example, I was thrilled to find out there are 2 other potential rooms to get ready in, so we can use the one I was thinking to use for our hors d'oeuvres stations instead).
We stood in the tent and I looked at the roof of the tent and contemplated my vision. I could say "our" vision, but I really don't think Mark cares all that much. I debated how many paper lanterns we could possibly need running along the frame of the tent, and how we would get them up. Ladders. And people that aren't afraid of heights. On the day before, after the rehearsal, because we are the only wedding our wedding weekend currently booked at Irvine. (They have their big gala event on Friday night, so I don't think they will book anything on Saturday.)
So right now, the plan is as it has always been - paper lanterns. Some with LED lights in them, but probably not that many, since the tent has lighting around the edges that seems fine. The only things I don't know right now are how many lanterns we need, and how I can possibly justify spending $100 on paper lanterns when I won't spend that on, well, pretty much anything else.
Irvine Website, and you can clearly see the frames of the tent could use a little bit of decoration. The biggest question for me now is whether I should just go ahead and order the paper lanterns because I know I want them, or wait until August because 1) spring wedding brides will be selling theirs on Craigslist and 2) we don't have that much room to store them. I'm just starting to get really concerned about how much I'm leaving on the to-do list until August/September.
Although it occurs to me in writing this that we will probably move in July or August and I for one do not want to move 20 paper lanterns, even if they do fold flat. So I think that answers my question, although I may start stalking Craigslist for them in May.
Do you start stockpiling wedding stuff early, or are you waiting until the last minute (or at least closer to the time)?