Everyone woman wants her wedding day to be spectacular and beautiful. If you don’t have a large budget, though, you can end up trading gorgeous for cheap. You can have both, you know. You can have beautiful things on your wedding table while spending very little money. This is especially true when it comes to glass lamps. Purchase small, glass lamps at a store and you’ll pay much money to illuminate the tables. Make the lamps yourself, though, and your wedding will be as elegant as can be!
You don’t have to know anything about etching glass, wiring electricity or other complicated things just to make a wedding lamp. Do it the easy way! Decide how many lamps you want to make then purchase that many wine glasses. Stem ware made for wine, champagne or other drinks makes the perfect illuminaries for the wedding. They don’t even have to be real glass. Dollar-theme stores sell plastic wine and champagne glasses that look as nice as the real ones. Want to pretty them up a bit? Use gold or silver stickers – the ones with the clear backings – to add a monogram or other embellishment to each glass.
You’ll need a single strand of Christmas lights for each lamp. The kind you need are somewhat short strands, powered by a battery. The lamps are often found at dollar-theme stores but may be more difficult to find when the holidays are gone. Go online, though, and you can purchase the inexpensive lights all year-long. Place one strand in each glass. For best results, choose lights that have a white cord rather than a green one.
Your local dollar-theme store, or craft store, is where you’ll find small lampshades that fit right over the wine or champagne glasses. They’re usually just a buck or two and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Don’t find something you like? Buy the sizes you need then cover them in a different fabric or paper yourself. It’s not hard to position the lampshade onto the material and roll the shade until it’s covered. Trim away excess fabric or paper around the top and bottom of the shade.
If you want, cut disk shapes from clear, thick plastic and lay one over each wine glass after you’ve turned on the lights. Now place the shade over it to get the full effect. The lights can be made for as little as a couple of bucks a piece so they’re perfect for creating ambiance on a budget!