Paper Lantern Inspiration

We’re having a tent wedding, so to spice up the blank white canvas above our heads, we’re going to string up some individually lit white paper lanterns.  I turned to the internet for some inspiration, and here’s what came up:






YUM! Pengy rikes.To recreate my own sky of lights, I ordered 48 white irregular ribbed paper lanterns in 3 different sizes: 12″, 16″ and 20″ from The Paper Lantern Store, all for around $170.


Rather than space them out throughout the tent, I’m considering clustering them lengthwise through the middle of the tent (creating three tight long “strips” of lit lanterns). 50 lanterns spaced out might look a little “sparse” so adding drama through the middle of the tent might be a more economical way to go. I love this look:


I’ll light each lantern with individual LED battery powered lights, similar to these below, in white. The advantage of an LED light over a standard bulb is that the lit time is around 12 hours, whereas the lit time for a standard individual bulb is around 5-6 hours:


How are you “sprucing up” your blank canvas?


Mrs. Penguin

Northern California
Wedding Date:
June 2008

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    Emily, Guest @ 10:35 pm

    Has anyone thought of using a small strand of white Christmas lights wrapped inside of a bigger paper lantern?

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    orchardbride 2 posts, Wannabee @ 8:09 pm

    Hi there. I am getting married in Hood River Oregon. Are you interested in selling your white lanterns??? Let me know:

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    jannaB 26 posts, Newbee @ 10:47 pm

    I love those ideas do you have anymore to shared?

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