Any outdoor wedding and reception that lasts into the evening needs lights so why not create a magical ambiance with Christmas lights? It is an affordable and easy do it yourself option.
We hosted a wedding of one of our relatives at our farm this past summer and the lights created such an amazing effect after the sun set. To see all the amazing ideas used at that wedding click here.
The lighting is everything when it starts to get dark out. String lights are simple to hang and are budget friendly. You may have enough Christmas lights in your attic so that you don't have to buy any. If you don't already have some try borrowing them from friends and relatives but make sure they label them with their names. If you are planning long enough in advance you may even be able to buy them right after Christmas when they are significantly discounted.
I wish I had gotten better pictures of the lights when it got much darker out. It was just so beautiful!