Wedding Lanterns

Those of us who stalk within the wedding world are pretty familiar with the latest trends. I love how so many couples are choosing to do a fun exit with sparklers ”“ it makes for great photos and it’s relatively inexpensive (cha-ching).


I did some digging to see what other fun options might be out there. We might also be required by our venue to exclude sparklers. Ahem.

Has anyone had experience with Chinese wish lanterns? There’s a fantastic little company called”¦ get this”¦ Wish Lantern that offers wedding lanterns and has created multiple packages to appeal to all sizes of weddings. I love this look:


Now granted, that was 10,000 lanterns”¦ I’m big time but not quite to that extent. Though, on the other extreme, it could be really sweet and romantic to just do a single lantern as a couple. Hmm”¦ decisions, decisions.

Have you explored options to make your exit memorable? Anyone have experience with wish lanterns?


Mrs. Frog

Phoenix, AZ/Chelan, WA
Wedding Date:
July 2010
All You Need is Love
Honoring My Namesake
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    Miss Leopard 1992 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:56 pm

    That wish lantern clip is breathtaking. It made me tear up a little.

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    Valhalla 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:08 pm

    That clip was stunning! It’s almost as if you could feel the wishes of everyone travelling into the sky. I would LOVE to do something like that at my own wedding. I may have to look into it!

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    cjm, Guest @ 5:14 pm

    I looked into these but it seems like I could only find super expensive ones (if you wanted several). We ended up doing sparklers and the facilities guy at our venue just looked the other way.

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    ktbrady 1054 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:23 pm

    O. M. G. My first thought was “This looks just like the enchanted ceiling at Hogwarts!” My second thought was “OMG I have to have these!” I’m heading to that site right now!

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    eileen marie 1644 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:31 pm

    One of the passage on the sample ISAT (standarized state testing) was about Loi Krathong!

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    Hola13 52 posts, Worker bee @ 5:32 pm

    These are awesome. I love the idea of sparklers but would love to find something else (fiance’s bro used sparklers at his wedding). I also like the idea of butterflies.

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    tweds 448 posts, Helper bee @ 5:38 pm

    THIS IS IT!!! Thank you so much for this. I’m Chinese heritage but never heard of these…these are amazing. Thank you!

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    Miss Cali Girl in NJ 147 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:43 pm

    I love the sparklers and lantern idea, but both seem to pose possible fire risks. I doubt ur venue would allow the laterns if not the sparklers… That said BOTH are beautiful!! The laterns are much more serene than the glitzy sparklers. Both could be very magical!!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:46 pm

    that is gorgeous. it looks like a bunch of jellyfish! is that an actual fire on those lanterns? that would be a big no for us in california, especially during fire season! such a bummer

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    ktbrady 1054 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:03 pm

    OK, I just want to let you know that I am STILL freaking out about this. I showed it to FI and his friend and was like “ok, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?” and FI immediately said “Harry Potter” and I was like “YES!”

    I’m really not a freak, I swear. I just love Harry Potter!!!

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    Album Boutique Team, Guest @ 6:05 pm

    Beautiful video! I like both options actually. The sparklers look amazing. Thanks for sharing :)

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    Kate, Guest @ 6:11 pm

    Sorry, but I just hate, hate, HATE the wish lanterns. I agree that they’re beautiful, but they are so bad for our environment and for wildlife! They’re everywhere in south-east asia (tourists are always lighting them,) and they end up in the sea and in the natural surroundings and I’ve seen fish and turtles trying to eat them… It just makes me so sad. And angry.
    Please think about where the lanterns end up.

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    ktbrady 1054 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:15 pm

    Ooh, good point, Kate, did not even think of that!

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    mebless 512 posts, Busy bee @ 6:24 pm

    So pretty!! I like the pic with the sparklers too, that’s fun!!

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    ddw 9008 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:05 pm

    They’re used where I live for celebrations too, and my only concern with them is how difficult to light they can be. Definitely do a test run before ordering a bunch of them — the ones we use here often take 3-4 people, 20-45 minutes (depending on whether there is any wind), and a tea light candle instead of a match held under it to light properly.

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    Jamielee 142 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:27 pm

    I, too, was wondering about where they end up.. all things that go up must come down! While they’re beautiful, I’d feel really guilty if the people of my town had to pick up the 100+ lanterns that fell to the ground the next morning.

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    :), Guest @ 8:27 pm

    These are actually Thai lanterns not Chinese. The festival in the video title “Loy Kratong” is a Thai festival that happens in November every year.
    I lived in Thailand for 18 years, and we had these at our wedding.
    We had our guests release them with us- probably 20-30 lanterns total. It was unbelievably gorgeous, and so special to release one with my husband.
    They are a bit of a fire hazard though (we had them come down in our yard, sometimes still burning, basically every year) and I cant imagine them being allowed in North America!

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    BeautifulBrideAngela 21 posts, Newbee @ 8:42 pm

    These are beautiful but what a mess to clean up! Make sure you come up with a “clean up” plan if you are going to go with these babies.

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    froggy518 268 posts, Helper bee @ 8:59 pm

    @ktbrady: LOL! I hear ya.

    (And a small part of me might be a disappointed if I don’t get a Harry Potter bachelorette party).


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    frog 505 posts, Busy bee @ 10:08 pm

    @Kate: Good point Kate, that was my main concern after finding out about these.

    @ktbrady: Loving the Hogwarts reference – you’re in good company, I read all of the books and am anxiously awaiting the next movie installment. :)

    @:): I saw them referenced as Chinese on the website but after clicking around, they also refer to them as Thai…how confusing! Thank you for the clarification and for the background info on your experience with them. It sounds like you had a wonderful experience (just like how I was imagining)…unfortunately I just found out that due to the open flame possibility, my venue won’t allow them. Insert sad face.

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    teaandhoney 3311 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:59 pm

    To the guest who pointed out that these are Thai Lanterns….so true. :)

    I was in Thaliand for a month and we did these. I have to say that we had ALOT of difficulty getting them to take off, but they were just cheapy ones. My cousin up north (in Canada) ordered some off Ebay though and did this at her wedding and it went off with out a hitch :)

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    leinar, Guest @ 12:51 am

    So lovely!! I like the pics, that’s cool!

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    Laura27 385 posts, Helper bee @ 4:33 am

    Those are gorgeous! I guess you would have to be in a pretty secluded area to use though…wouldn’t want a breeze blowing them on anyones houses.

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:47 am

    Those lanterns are so pretty. We didn’t do anything for a grand exit, as we stayed until the end of the party ourselves.

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    Cornhusker 274 posts, Helper bee @ 11:31 am

    I love sparklers but the lanterns is so fresh and new, so cool!

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    Miss White Pearl 199 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:12 pm

    ihow gorgeous. i’m dying. i love it. i specifically chose a rooftop venue for our reception so that we could do wish lanterns!! some of them are a bit large and, from what i read, it takes two people to light them (one to hold while the other lights). our idea is to have every two people write a wish / congratulation for us on their shared lantern and we all release them together. we won’t ever read what’s written, but i think i like that part : )

    also, make sure they are legal in your area!! i’ve heard some pretty funny stories in places where they aren’t. ha!

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    Miss White Pearl 199 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:15 pm

    p.s. @Kate many of them ( are biodegradable now too. it’s great to have that option

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    lolo7835 645 posts, Busy bee @ 1:46 pm

    They are loverly, but I would def check if they are legal in your area. (they aren’t in my county, and neither are balloon releases since we are so close to the airport) I went to one wedding, where they tied them to a long fishing line so they didn’t go up all the way, but it was still a cool effect.

    And I’m so glad they have biodegradable ones, I always have a mini-panic attack when I see stuff like that going up into the air. There was a school near my parents that released 500 balloons at graduation, and it just sent my heart into panic mode.

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    winter 1333 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:06 pm

    I wish i knew about these!!!! those are wonderful!!! i would have done those in a heartbeat!

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    labrat 468 posts, Helper bee @ 3:22 pm

    Loving the lanterns! My biggest worry is if one of the bags should rip somehow, would it fall and create a fire?

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:20 pm

    Wow, love the look of all those lanterns! Can’t wait to see what you do for your exit!

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    aliangel64 139 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:40 pm

    what if you tied each one to some fishing line or twine (anchored to the ground) so that they float up, hover for a bit, and can be collected when they fall back down. This way you don’t have to worry about them hitting trees or houses.

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:08 pm

    I love wish lanterns. Our friends used to make homemade ones and set them loose. The lanterns did periodically scare the crap out of their neighbors/result in a 911 call though.

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    parfait 1755 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:40 pm

    Love those! They did that in High School Musical, and it made me want them for our wedding, too. : )

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    cnuptain 330 posts, Helper bee @ 11:47 am

    I love the lanterns and the sparklers!

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    krissybee 3921 posts, Honey bee @ 12:05 pm

    ooo i’ve never seen these before!! how impressive!!

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    danielle, Guest @ 8:47 pm

    i love the last one too! i love how they did a few minutes of real sweet dancing and then transitioned into the other stuff.. they did a great job.. so adorable!

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    danielle, Guest @ 8:50 pm

    lol that last comment was for your next post.. the one about the dance videos.. my computer is dumb.. cute lanterns though

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    DoubleHappiness, Guest @ 12:32 am

    With the recent ban on firework rockets and many venues across the country imposing strict restrictions on noise, sky lanterns are the perfect, safe alternative to a fireworks display that can provide a finale to your big day that you and your guests will remember for ever!

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    Mis Iris 218 posts, Helper bee @ 9:11 am

    My kids will be all over the lanterns – its straight from their favourite movie, Tangled!

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