Wish Lanterns – Good Idea or Bad Idea???

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

 

amoore2:  While I do think they are gorgeous, I cant help but be bothered about the fact that you are essentially littering.

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

How far do they travel?  I wouldn’t do this without being reasonably able to collect them all once it’s over, because things like this are really dangerous for local wildlife if they drift away and land in a field or in a creek/river.  Also is that open flame or a LED candle?  If it’s open flame, even if the venue allows it, it could be really dangerous!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Horseradish:  I never actually used them but I believe they are open flame and don’t come down until the fire goes out. Although that doesn’t mean they can’t get caught in something.

amoore2:  I wouldn’t do it unless you can at least get the biodegradable ones. Even then I don’t think it’s a great idea.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think you have to ask yourself: drunk people + floating fire….what could possibly go wrong lol?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

We’ve had a few cases over here pf them starting fires,  including an absolutely massive one where it landed at a tyre recycling place. Also they’re bad for the environment,  even biodegradable ones as they still take a long time to rot down

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

The fire code in our city doesn’t allow floating lanterns. I would be concerned with the venue and also the fire regulations in your city/state. My father is a firefighter and these can start pretty big fires if the fall somewhere with dry brush or land on other structures. There’s not a HUGE chance but I wouldn’t want to take it. I want my wedding to be remembered as awesome and not for burning down someone’s house or something.

amoore2:  

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

They’re littering and they start fires. Even one is littering, even one is a brushfire risk. If that’s not enough, they’re annoying to guests and you’re unlikely to have a lot of people do it that late. So … beautiful, but maybe just go with glowsticks?

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

amoore2: They don’t take very long to get going AND it’s kind of fascinating so time flies.  

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Oh my, well, if they’re open flame, I’d say No Way unless you’re in the middle of the desert with no wind and completely flat surfaces; and even that would be risky!  Releasing open flame and letting it fly around where people might not be able to control it is a really really bad idea, even moreso if you’re in the Western US which has been under burn bans and extreme drought for a few years now.  Sparklers are also a fire hazard, although not as bad, but you can get some pretty neat effects from ultra-high or ultra-low-speed exposure on the camera and glow sticks or LED lights; maybe talk to your photographer and see what he/she recommends that would not involve anything that has even a 1% chance of setting something on fire.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

amoore2:  Small contained sparklers would be beautiful, and way more environmentally friendly. Glow sticks or glow-in-the-dark ribbons are also nice. I’m sure your wedding will be lovely, whatever you choose!

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

amoore2:  I am really glad that you have changed your mind. The other thing that people didn;t point out was that even the biodegradable ones are bad for the environment. The paper is biodegradable but the wire that forms the structure is not. The wire can also become a hazard for wildlife like birds and sea animals.

A lot of places are starting to ban the use of them altogether. And this is wh

 

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