Let There Be Light!

Hey, hive—guess what’s cluttering up my guest room? These pretty babies!

Christmas decor might still be showing face at Pyramid Manor. I’ve been busy, y’all.

That’s right, I bought and began assembling my coveted chandeliers! I had been eyeing up this one from Home Depot online, but they were out of stock for several months. I couldn’t find anything that looked as pretty for that low of a price anywhere else, so as soon as they were back in stock, I ordered up four!

If you’re just tuning in, hello…I’m Miss Pyramid, and I love chandeliers and am bound and determined to hang some in the trees in our venue’s courtyard.

I completely recognize that this is a frivolous and unnecessary thing. But it’s my frivolous and unnecessary thing. / Found on Southern Weddings / Photo by Stephanie Yonce / Lighting by Lighting Professors

This chandelier is all plastic, but it has a lot of dangling beads to give off the perfect effect. Honestly, I’d be scared I would break something that was glass or crystal, so this was the ideal option for me. As far as assembly, it isn’t too bad. The instructions aren’t the clearest, and some of the included strands of beads have the wrong number of links, but it’s easily workable. We’ve only put together two so far, for sake of storage space, but I was able to get a good handle on how they work and how long it takes to assemble each. The first one took a little longer (because of the vague directions), but the second one was done in about half an hour with Sphinx’s help.

The box, the pieces, and the progress

We found that hanging the fixture up while attaching all of the strands was the easiest way to go, so we used an indoor pull up bar.

I definitely love the look of it; it’s exactly what I was going for. I had seen some options from the florist, the linens guy, and lighting company that we didn’t go with, and none were exactly right. I’m glad I held out for what I had my heart set on all along. Also, I’ll be incorporating this into my house somewhere after the wedding, so I wanted one that I really loved.

Since these are light fixtures that people normally use in their houses and not often found in foliage, I had to do a little modification to the electrical system. I changed the fixture from a hard wired system to an extension cord plug without too much effort at all!

SUPER IMPORTANT: I am not an electrician and am only providing you with what worked in my case. Please consult a professional if you are unsure of what you’re doing. Electricity is nothing to play around with. I did have an electrician friend look at these, and he said that it is correct, but this is only for my exact items. Use your smarts here.

OK, that’s out of the way. When was the last time I attempted anything without first consulting the internet? I found my help here and here, for the most thorough instructions. So I bought the wire nuts, electrical tape, and an extension cord and got to work.

The tutorial talks about a “swag kit,” but the Home Depot employees were thoroughly confused when I asked for that. When I described to them what I was trying to do, they said that I didn’t need anything special, and I could cut the “female” side of an extension cord and hook up to that. I was able to find some for sale with the wires already exposed on an aisle with the rest of the extension cords since I didn’t want to deal with cutting and stripping, but it’s good to know if I have trouble finding that again.

Twist the extension cord wires with the light fixture wires, then cap them off tight and tape them up.

Everything that I read said that you might have a ridge running along the wire to indicate which cords should match up, but I did not since my prongs were the same size (if you do, then please make sure that you’re connecting the right ones). I then capped off the wires with the wire nuts, placed them facing opposite directions, and taped them up tightly!

The fixture calls for six 60-watt bulbs, which is great if you’re using this to add light to a room. I think this wattage might be a little too bright for our courtyard, as it takes away from the soft, romantic, garden feel that I’m going for.

Our front porch with the lights turned off and then on. What, doesn’t everyone hang faux-crystal fixtures from flower basket hooks?

You can see in the picture above that the lights really do create a lot of brightness, so I will try a lower wattage bulb to see how that looks.

And that’s it! Like I said, we still have to assemble two more sometime before the wedding, but they were pretty easy overall. I’ll get these over to Kevin the week before or so, and he can hang one in each tree of the courtyard, and all of my sparkly, faceted dreams will come true!

Last one (today), I promise!

Did you have to rig something up to make it work for your wedding? Chandeliers belong in trees, right?


Mrs. Pyramid

New Orleans, LA
Wedding Date:
May 2014
Classifieds: January 15, 2014
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  1. Member
    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:42 pm

    That’s amazing! I am not anywhere near as creative as you are. I might string up some mason jars I buy on etsy, but that’s about it.

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    LAB 238 posts, Helper bee @ 2:48 pm

    Love your chandeliers! I’m actually considering one venue just because it has numerous chandeliers hanging around the ceremony space!

  3. weathervane Member
    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:14 pm

    Uuuhhh!! They are so pretty!!! What a great idea, love them!

  4. roadtrip Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 3:49 pm

    Go you! I love that you were able to do the electrical yourself, as well!

  5. msclover Member
    Mrs. Clover 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:06 pm

    So pretty! I love that you’re going to use it in your home after the wedding!

  6. phonebooth Member
    Mrs. Phone Booth 57 posts, Worker bee @ 4:10 pm

    Electrical instructions on Weddingbee? Awesome! They are going to look great in the courtyard. I also love that you’ll be able to use them in the house afterwards :)

  7. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 4:33 pm

    Wow this is amazing! Your wedding is going to be so freaking gorgeous!!

  8. wellies Member
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:52 pm

    GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to see how they turn out! :)

  9. panda Member
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:20 pm

    oh that’s gorgeous, and not as expensive as I expected chandeliers to be… I have to convince PBear that we need chandeliers in every room in our house 😉

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 9:00 pm

    These are really nice…especially for the price!

  11. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:29 am

    I’m seriously impressed! Wow! Can’t wait to see it all set up on the day of.

  12. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 65 posts, Worker bee @ 4:05 am

    Oh my godddddd, those chandeliers are amazing! And no wonder you’re an engineer; I never would have been able to rewire those on my own. You go girl!

  13. msbicycle Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 5:28 am

    I definitely think that after the wedding one of the chandeliers should have a permanent home on your front porch :)

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    bribaby119 203 posts, Helper bee @ 6:19 am

    OMG those are gorgeous! I can’t wait to see your wedding recaps, it’s going to be a stunner no doubt. I totes think they should have a permanent place on the front porch!

  15. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:05 am

    How awesome are you? I would not feel confident playing around with wires and electricity AT ALL, so you go girl!
    Also, hello… chandeliers…my heart melts. Your wedding is going to be so lovely! Definitely agree that it`s a little too bright though, I would try the lowest wattage they have, in “soft glow” or whatever the opposite of bright white is called. Either way, I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

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    ashylula 25 posts, Newbee @ 10:16 am

    This is such a gorgeous idea! They are going to look amazing in the trees. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

  17. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:53 am

    These are gorgeous and most definitely belong in the trees at your wedding :)

  18. mspalmtree Member
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:25 am

    Echoing pretty much everyone else: I was burned out (HA, see what I did there?!) just reading this post. You go, girl.

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    mzjynxie 783 posts, Busy bee @ 11:14 am

    Oh chandeliers belong – period. Now to convince a couple people of this “fact”.

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    saragorgon 23 posts, Newbee @ 10:25 am

    I changed venues just because of the chandeliers I saw in what turned out to be my location. The place was under construction when I walked by and saw them hanging three beautiful chandeliers. It wasn’t a wedding place and we were the first to book, and in a year-and-a-half the only wedding so far at Commonwealth in downtown Las Vegas.

  21. pyramid Member
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:17 am

    @LAB: @saragorgon: LOVE venues with pretty chandeliers, but I couldn’t find that so I’m bringing the light to us! haha!

    @MzJynxie: so true haha! We’ll need to start a campaign.

    @Mrs. Palm Tree: @Mrs. Pony: @ashylula: @Bribaby119: @Mrs. Bicycle: @Miss Filly: @Mrs. Gondola: @bridesmomma: @Mrs. Panda: @Miss Wellies: @Mrs. Camel: @Miss Phone Booth: @Miss Clover: @Mrs. Road Trip: @Miss Weather Vane: @luluvohn: Thanks, y’all! Electricity isn’t something I’ve learned much about or worked with, so I was a teensy bit scared when I plugged them in for the first time, but they worked out just fine! I’ll need y’all to back me up when Sphinx doesn’t let me put one of these in every room of the house!

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