What I’m Most Excited For

What I’m most excited about, besides the ceremony and the dress and the cake and…

Well, high on The List of Things I’m Excited About (which is about a mile long) is our decision to use Wish Lanterns!

Image via Martha Stewart Weddings

Previous bloggers have explored Wish Lantern options, like Mrs. Frog!

I have to admit, most of my desire to have this as a main-event for our reception stems from Tangled. I mean, what bride has watched that movie and not had their eyes grow big as saucers with the sheer possibility of this amazeballs tradition.

Now, Tangled gets cray with it, since it’s a whole village sending these off. That’s simply not in the budget. Although the best pictures I’ve found have several hundred, we’re hoping for a similar effect with 50-75. Since I’m sure everyone has heard some horror stories about setting these off, we’re going to take a ton of precautions. Luckily, our awesome venue has OK’ed the idea, and there’s a huge parking lot nearby where we can set them off without any trees or buildings getting involved. If we order 50-60, we’ll be able to ask our guests to partner up to coordinate the launch, so no one has to figure it out by themselves. We’re also toying with the idea of asking a fire marshall to come out. Like I said, precautions.

Our daydream for this idea looks like this:

Image via Forevermore Events



Wish Lantern has them for around $2.50 a piece (if you buy at least ten), BUT I found a listing for 50 for $34.99 with Best Choice Products on Ebay. Am I suspicious? Maybe. But considering that 50 lanterns on the Wish Lantern website would run me $139.99 + tax + shipping, I think it’s worth the risk. Stay tuned for when we test one out!

Even if our gamble is a bust and we have to pay full price, I still think they’ll be a really affordable way to make a big statement. So romantic!

Do you have any experience with Wish Lanterns?


Miss Manatee

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June 2013
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  1. beanstalk Member
    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 2:28 pm

    LOVE the movie “Tangled”!! We bought wish lanterns and I was super excited to use them at the reception…. but we were having way too much fun dancing that we forgot!!! Now we have all of these lanterns left!!! We plan to release them on our on year anniversary!!!

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    josina 687 posts, Busy bee @ 2:36 pm

    Lol, random comment but I love that you used the term ‘amazeballs’! I say it all the time and people are always like ‘what!?!’. No idea where I got it from but I think it’s a movie phrase??

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:12 pm

    ooh i love the idea. It’s a pity that we probably couldn’t get away with doing that in the middle of Boston

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    otter 1321 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:16 pm

    I love this! Those lanterns are going to look so beautiful!

    And @Josina: Guiliana Rancic definitely coined the term amazeballs. 😉

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 3:58 pm

    I would love to use wish lanterns!! I worry about fire hazards, though, because we’re getting married in a residential neighborhood.

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    Mom, Guest @ 4:57 pm

    Hey! Before you shell out the money be sure to check with your venue to be sure you are allowed to use them. We were not allowed to by the municipality where we got married even thought we would have sent them over a bay of water. The box suggested calling first and we’re glad we did as the fine for using them would have been high!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:23 pm

    I love that you are going to wish lanterns, they look so romantic!

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    jeip 29 posts, Newbee @ 6:28 pm

    For the conclusion of a conference I was at last year, the keynote speaker had everyone go outside by the nearby lakeshore and light off lanterns. Most people paired up to light one, and it was seriously one of the most amazing things I’ve ever been a part of. Does your area have any local fire restrictions on using these? I’d love to have these as our send-off, but I’m a little nervous about being allowed to!

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:29 pm

    Please do not do this. I too liked the idea of setting off wish lanterns but nixed it because I couldn’t justify the risk they pose to wildlife and the environment. Even the lanterns that claim to be biodegradable, and many of them are not, can take months to break down in the environment (and the wire may not at all). In the meantime, there’s a bunch of trash lying around somewhere from your wedding, which can pollute water and kill wildlife.

    Plus, no matter how many precautions you take, you still run the risk of causing fires should the lanterns blow into trees. The lanterns are even being banned in Vietnam because of the number of lanterns that have blown into people’s houses and burned them down.

    I get that there are a lot of elements of weddings that are environmentally unethical as it is, and the lanterns WOULD be beautiful for a few minutes…but are a few pretty photos worth killing a bunch of animals, polluting water, and dumping trash all over nature or people’s back yards?

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    manatee 31 posts, Newbee @ 7:13 pm

    We’ve checked with the city and with our venue, and they are both are okay with it! Our venue is very excited, as they’ve never done it before.
    The store we bought it from uses taught string instead of wire, so they are completely biodegradeable.

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    scepter 333 posts, Helper bee @ 7:34 pm

    We did a wish lantern instead of a unity candle – it was one of my favorite parts of our wedding. Just be sure to practice with them a few times, because when we did hours we didn’t stretch out the sides enough and when we lit it the fire burned a whole through the side of the lantern and it wouldn’t rise. But they are absolutely beautiful when they do rise!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:12 pm

    Wish lanterns have this magical quality to them and I would have loved to at least had this as an option for our wedding, but I didn’t know about them a year and a half ago. Maybe that’s for the better… we could have easily caught our historic venue on first (no bueno!).

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:14 pm

    Ugh, typo alert — “on fire”… (I think it’s time to go to bed.)

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    Mrs. B., Guest @ 12:05 am

    If these things don’t fly exactly right you run the risk of causing major fire damage to something. And judging by how far the wind takes it, it may be some place that you can’t see or don’t know is on fire, so even having a fire marshal there doesn’t ensure that you won’t burn something down. There is a reason that these things are illegal in a lot of states and are paired with firework laws, they have the potential to be really dangerous.

    I get that you want a pretty picture, but trust me, the best pictures from your wedding day will be the ones that are completely unplanned. Don’t try to do something just because you think it will look pretty, half the times it’s the stuff that you try to orchestrate for its “prettiness” that is never as good as you think it will be.

    These things have the potential to be a giant headache, even if they go well, you still have the pain of getting all of your guests to come outside and set them off correctly all at the same time. Guests want to dance and drink and eat at a wedding and if they’re having a fun time they don’t want to have to stop that to go try and figure out how to light off a lantern.

    The above poster is correct. No matter how biodegradable you think yours are, they are not instantaneously going to break down, you are still littering and causing damage to the environment, whether yours use wire or string (string has the potential to be even worse since animals can get caught up in it).

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    Mrs +B., Guest @ 12:13 am

    And sorry to add a little more (I realize you probably didn’t like my first post at all), but even if your venue and city say yes, you need to check state regulations.


    It would appear that if your county has any kind of burn ban in effect in June of 2013 it will be illegal for you to release these at all.

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 7:00 am

    Ooooh, what a cool idea!

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    buffalo 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:35 am

    I think they’re BEAUTIFUL! And I really wanted MOH S to use them…but they’re completely illegal in California :(

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:01 pm

    Fun fact: a friend once started telling us bout these 4 orange dots he saw one night and how he though it was aliens. A few weeks later we were driving at night when some lanterns appeared in the sky and we figured that was probably what he was talking about.

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:44 pm

    blake lively and ryan reynolds did these at theirs (sad i know this?) – they looked great.

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    Robbiegod, Guest @ 6:44 pm

    I love that you used my video in your article!

    I was in Thailand when I shot that video. On that day it happened to be slightly windy which was giving everyone trying to fly those things problems. We were also lighting candles and letting them go in the river. Its supposed to look amazing, but the wind was too tough that day!

    And, also there is definitely a trick to making those sky lanterns fly. One that I have not mastered yet….Good luck!

    Something to consider if you were planning on having a bunch of amateurs lighting these things and trying to get to the fly. It’s not difficult, but you do need to know the tricks of the trade to get those babies to fly.

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    anitahugnkissmn77 16 posts, Newbee @ 1:25 pm

    Good choice with the sky lanterns! My freind had them at her wedding and they were awesome! She got hers here: http://weddingdaysparklers.com/sky-lanterns/. She had a great experience with this company, so I think I’m going to order mine from there too for my wedding this November.

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