Post # 1
So I found out yesterday it will cost me $350 to have 40 paper lanterns at my destination wedding. $350!!!!!!!!!!!! So I’m trying to think of alternatives. The lanterns I want are super cheap at Paper Lantern…
I’m wondering… has anyone seen fairy berries in paper lanterns? Do you think it could work? I can buy the lanters for like $1.20 each and buy a pack of 10 fairy berries for $18 from save on crafts… So I could have the 40 lanterns with lighting for $120. And I wouldn’t have to worry about cords are things being plugged in or bringing any of that stuff down.
What do you think? Will it work? Am I missing something?
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory
@mu_t: im not 100% it will work. fairy berries arent very bright/put off as much light as the paper lantern lights. might be worth a shot though? i have never seen a paper lantern up close so idk if the bottoms are enclosed? if not enclosed how would you attach the berries?
Post # 5
@mu_t: Here’s an old post that contains several links to tutorials for “throwies”. These are battery operated LED lights that require no cords or electricity. The lights burn for 3 days with the batteries, so you can hang them whenever you choose and not worry about an on and off switch.
Post # 6
@langloiswedding2013: hmm good to know they aren’t very bright. i have never actually seen them in person. I imagined just throwing them in so they would sit inside on the bottom of the lantern. thanks for the advice though!
@julies1949: because it’s a destination wedding and we aren’t getting married until the 5th day, I don’t think we would have time to put this together. i wish though! thanks so much for looking into it/sending links anyways!
Post # 7
We got our lanterns from PaperLanternStore, too. They were about $120 total for 60 various-sized lanterns.
Then we rented 60 remote-controlled LEDs to place inside the lanterns, which ran $3/unit, or $180. They didn’t output a lot of light during the late afternoon, but they looked AWESOME in the evening. The remote made it very easy to turn them on and off. No cords necessary!
So 60 lanterns, plus lantern lighting = $300.
The LED units looked like this (obviously not to scale – they fit in the palm of my hand and easily into the paper lanterns):
Our tent at the end of the night during clean-up.
Post # 8
@mu_t: You can make the throwies ahead of time.You just slip a piece of paper between the battery and the connection so the battery isn’t drained ahead of time. Pull out the paper and hang the lantern.
Post # 9
@sarahuccs: Looks great but for the price, I’d probably just let the resort do it for $350. Looked really pretty though at your venue! Thanks!
@julies1949: I just spent the last like two hours reading up on these… and you are totally right! these things are amazing!!! my initial judgement of them was SO wrong. I am probably going to do this. you’re such a lifesaver. I only worry about packing them in my suitcase : S but it’s worth the shot, it seems like other brides haven’t had too much trouble bringing them down south. THANK YOU! the things i learn on the bee….