Lovely Lanterns

by | Bride, Ceremony, Reception, Wedding Inspiration


I love anything that brings light to a wedding – fairy lights, candles and lanterns. Lanterns add a special magic to a wedding reception or party. There are so many cost effective and simply beautiful, lanterns and they can be such a stunning feature at your wedding.

Photo by NK Photography

Photo by Millie Holloman from Salt Harbor Designs

Photo by Mi Belle Inc

Photo by Apertura

Photo by Michael Norwood

Many paper lantern ‘balls’ hung from the ceiling in differing sizes, disguise a less than attractive ceiling and add a glow to even large venues. Try having an electrician connect them to dimmer switches so that some can be brightly lit and some glow softly. Try finding paper lanterns made from flame retardant paper for extra safety. String paper lanterns from tree to tree or around an outdoor area.

Photo by Emilie Inc

Photo by Leigh Miller

Photo by Elizabeth Messina via Kiss The Groom

Moroccan lanterns with their patterned metal and coloured glass will look great with a bright and rich palette. The cut metal will throw beautifully patterned shadows onto surfaces.

Photo by Jonas Peterson

Photo by Natalie Moser Photography

Photo by Jennifer Skog

Homemade lanterns made from sand weighted paper bags and tea lights, or from old glass jars, can be hung from trees, gates, line pathways or edge a pool. Silk covered Chinese lanterns, or small metal lanterns on stands could be added to your table décor.

Photo by Next Exit Photography

Photo by Grazier Photography via Style Me Pretty

Photo by Angela Higgins Photography

Photo from Fete NY

Lanterns are especially beautiful on or near water where their reflections will be magnified. Chinese float lit water lanterns on ponds. A handy person could fix stands in a lily pond each topped with a lantern – the candle glow they cast will be magical.

  • WestAussieWedding says:
    August 6, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I just cannot get enough of lanterns! I love them. I want to marry them. They can be used in so many different ways for all different effects. Beautiful.

  • Dana Cordova says:
    August 7, 2009 at 12:19 am

    These are all wonderful examples–light is, truly, everything. It can transform any setting. I had simple, raw, medieval-like pillar candles at my wedding (fire codes are a bit different in Mexico…!) and they really changed the space.

  • Crystal says:
    August 7, 2009 at 9:17 am

    I love these pictures. Lanterns just seem to dress up a space.

  • Caroline says:
    July 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Photo artistic conception is very good, very comfortable,
    I believe you will be very happy..

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