Chinese Paper Wishing Lanterns

posted 3 years ago in Favors
  • poll: Which would you rather...
    Would like to have something to take home : (2 votes)
    14 %
    Wouldn't mind lighting my wedding favor on fire at the wedding : (12 votes)
    86 %
  • Post # 3
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    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    The lanterns are definitely a cool thing to do and would look great.  I wouldn’t consider them a take home favour though, since the point is to have all the lanterns floating together for the full effect.   Consider it more of an activity.  Personally, if you have to choose between a favour and lanterns choose the lanterns.  People won’t care about some knick-knack to bring home, but they will remember the experience of seeing lanterns floating up into the night sky.

    Post # 4
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    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @YellowMoon:  before you decide on this, check your local by laws. They are banned as a fire hazard in many places, as well as due to their ecological consequences. I’m far from an eco-queen, so I’m sure someone else can step in to speak about their environmental ramifications.

    Post # 5
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    195 posts
    Blushing bee

    Weddingbee tends to be pretty united in that unless a favor is edible people aren’t going to really want to take it home, no matter how awesome it is (though if it’s books and you’ve got enough variety, bibliophiles will make sure no book goes unhomed at the end of the night) so I think setting these ‘favors’ on fire is actually a pretty great way to give a little but not burden your guests with lugging around something on their way home.

    Post # 7
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    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @YellowMoon:  I’d read up on it some more. There are eco-friendlier ones that biodegrade in 4-6 weeks but the small thin wire takes almost a year to degrade. It’s also deemed dangerous to farm animals and wildlife if they eat it because it’s razor sharp. Lanterns are beautiful, and most things we do have an environmental impact, but I’d be cognizant of the specifics before deciding on anything.

    ps – yes the band! Kathleen Hanna is my hero. 🙂

    Post # 8
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I can’t remember which program I watched (probably Bridezillas) but one of the guests accidentally set the bride’s dress on fire with one of these lanterns.  It really freaked me out!

    Post # 9
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    167 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    A friend of mine did those at her wedding and it was beautiful! However, she just had them for the bridal party and I was a little jealous, so I say go for it – let your guests participate! You can let them know that they can take their lantern home to use later or let it loose at the wedding. I’m sure pretty much everyone will want to do it at the wedding, but if not, then they have their take home favor. (Maybe some couples with kids at home will want to take it to share?) If we were having an outdoor wedding, I’d be doing this too. But, instead, when FH and I take a break during cocktail hour for a few “just married” photos, we’ll let one of these go on our own. The photos from my friend’s wedding were incredible!

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