Lanterns – in all shapes, forms and colors – be it paper, glass, metal, round or square – are a beautiful sight and look stunning and very romantic in any setting. Use it as a single prop on a table or string a few of them from the ceiling or adorn them with flowers. Depending on the type of lanterns and manner of use, they can be used with different themes from whimsical, rustic, vintage or even a traditional feel to an event.
Lanterns are very symbolic in Chinese and Thai cultures and are often related to good luck, hope and prosperity. In Indian cultures lanterns are usually associated with Diwali the festival of lights. The Moroccan lanterns are the most popular type of lanterns known for their eye catching designs and patterns and the soft color variations and shadows exude a dramatic and ethereal ambiance to the surroundings.
Lanterns are quite versatile and can be incorporated in any part of the wedding decor – from centerpieces to lighting, placeholders, wedding favors, guestbook and also an eco friendly and unique alternative to bridesmaid’s bouquets!
They can even be incorporated in the design for your wedding invitation.
The soft glow of lit lanterns is a perfect addition to an outdoor night time event and is a very common option for wedding centerpieces lately.
You can use white pillar candles or fill them with twinkling ferry lights and scatter them across the venue, lining aisles or walkways, place them on tables or simply hang a cluster of them in one corner.
Colorful Moroccan lanterns look very pretty when hung in clusters from a tree or from the ceiling. Paper lanterns are also commonly strung across the ceiling for spectacular effect. Unlit lanterns in solid colors also have their own charm when used in daylight.
If you are working on a tight wedding budget you can substitute the lanterns with mason jars or regular clear glass jars filled with ferry lights or candles and hung at different levels with wire, colorful ribbons or rope.
An empty lantern can also be used as a holder for place cards or table names or you can even use incorporate it in your guestbook where it serves as a box for guest to drop in their wishes and cards.
And if you are looking for some inspiration for a gorgeous cake to compliment your lantern themed wedding, have a look at this beautiful cake!
In many Asian countries, releasing lit paper lanterns into the night sky is an ancient practice which is now followed in many weddings. While some believe that the action represents the hopes and wishes of good luck for the newly married couple others believe that it symbolizes your troubles and worries floating away. People are also known to pen down wishes, thoughts or special messages for the couple and tie them to these lanterns which will carry them to heaven. The soft luminescence thrown by these lanterns create an enchanting picture against the night sky – something which neither you nor your guests are likely to forget!