Post # 1
My fiancé and are wanting to add some color to our plain white reception tent, so we decided to go the paper lantern route! We are planning on hanging different sizes at various heights all throughout the ceiling to add more dimension and interest. Our only concern is, we aren’t too sure how many we will be needing or even what sizes would work best …
The tent is 40′ x 80′ and is held-up by two center poles. We are expecting anywhere from 125-150 people. We were thinking about getting between 80-100 lanterns. Our first instincts were to get most in our main wedding color at 12″ each, with some in our accent color at 8″ each. However, 8″ seems pretty small for such a large space (and so high up, with it being a poled tent). The 12″ seems alright, but perhaps that should be our “smallest” and maybe we should do 12″ and 16″ for our sizes? Ack! I have no idea
Does anyone have any suggestions? Pictures from personal experience would be VERY helpful as well, as I am a visual person. We need to order them soon because the wedding is coming up, so any help right away would be fantastic! 😀
Post # 3
I would do more like 200 in 12″ and 16″. I was looking at this wedding where this lady did the same in a tent. She thought she had a lot of lanterns but is looked so bare in the tent.
Post # 4
Yeah make it like 200 because 100 seems like it isn’t enough.
Post # 5
@MissesAwesome: I think 200 could look cool, but 80-100 would still look awesome and would be way less of a hassle. You could also use fewer of the large lanterns – I found some really good prices at http://www.paperlanternstore.com/ but I haven’t actually tried them out
Post # 6
@lina010: Sorry I didn’t see your response sooner! It was crazy during that time, as you can imagine. 🙂 We ended-up ordering 30 dark blue 8″ lanterns, 25 lavender 8″ lanterns, and 35 dark purple 12″ lanterns … for a total of 90 lanterns in all. In the end, we didn’t use all of them and the tent still looked pretty nice. It wasn’t packed, but it wasn’t bare. We got lots of compliments. I think that hanging the lanterns from invisible fishing line in sporatic patterns and at varying heights helped create a fuller look using less lanterns. Everyone’s idea of “enough” lanterns varies, but we’re pretty happy with how they turned out.
@tm21308: @Polygon: Thanks for the replies, ladies! I got married back in October, so its all said and done, now. LOL
Here’s one pic to show the lanterns …
Post # 7
@Polygon: About PaperLanternStore.com … We used them for our wedding and were very satisfied with the quality, the price, and the customer service. I recommend using them for your wedding, too! They also have coupon codes floating around all the time. We used the code “RMENOT” (from RetailMeNot.com) and saved 10%. We also got free shipping, but I can’t remember the code for that one. Hope that helps!
Post # 8
@MissesAwesome: Oops! That’s what I get for not reading carefully – but you followed my advice retroactively lol. Thanks for the advice on the lanterns!