Candle lantern centerpieces.. but I don’t know how tall they should be?!?

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

I think your best bet is to make up a fake table setting,placing the lanterns you’ve gotten in the middle and see what you think of it both sitting down and standing. You’ll then know pretty easily if the size will work.

I would also think less then eye level would be ideal so people don’t have to look over or around it to talk.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Eireann: I’m using lanterns. Mine are Railroad lanterns, but similar in size. The one in your picture is from IKEA and it had two different sizes. In my opinion the larger one was WAY too big, but the smaller one (the one in the picture) is a good size and pretty affordable.

If you’re looking at other lanterns I found 12″ lanterns wre a pretty good size. I thought they seemed a bit small at first, but lanterns get taller, and not much wider (until they’re huge). Also, once you add in your other items, and set the table it will look plenty big

I hope that helps!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would start with the flowers. Once you know how tall the flowers will be you can buy a lantern that is slightly taller, but not greatly taller, than that.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The rule of thumb for any centerpiece is the same. It should not be high enough to obstruct the vision of guests across the table, unless it is thin like a candelabra.

You can do a mockup, sit down at the table (even right at IKEA in the dining room furniture section) and see if you can see each other easily across the table.

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I used the smaller lantern from Ikea for 1 of my 2 types of centerpieces. They were perfect. Really nice lanterns. Here is a pic to give you an idea of the height on the table. They were setting up the tables when this pic was taken. Mine were on top of wood slices. Hope it helps!

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Also, just a thought. If you do an escort card table, the larger lantern is perfect for that. We bought 1 for that purpose. I liked that it flowed with the centerpieces. We put a nest filled with flowers in the large one, instead of a candle.

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2015

BluegrassBridetoBee:  I don’t know if you are still on this site— it has been years it looks like! But I am looking to use railroad lanterns for my wedding and didn’t know if you had any suggestions on where to buy from because yes, they are pretty pricey from what I’ve seen. Also, if you had any suggestions on how to piece together the rest of the centerpiece, that would be greatly appreciated!!! I really like the look of the bronzed/vintage ones. 

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

 

derlar:  There is a huge price jump from the 7.5″ lanterns-$11.12

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BRONZE-hurricane-7-1-2-in-lamp-emergency-light-oil-lantern-hanging-kerosene-/360877528430?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5405fa156e

to the 12″ lanterns-$27.95

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hurricane-Oil-Lantern-12-Bronze-Plated-Vintage-Style-Lamp-Indoor-Outdoor-/321581275111?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4adfbcd7e7

You can get around that by elevating the smaller lanterns on a wood block.

battery operated -$9.99

http://www.halloweencostumes.com/light-up-old-lantern.html?PCID=21&utm_source=googleps&utm_medium=PPC&utm_campaign=PLA-All&gclid=CjwKEAiArqKmBRCOj_qfmuqinnYSJAAkAYwGExZX0ZcghxCeTYVdMk7tXImoOMOE-buC_tASCs9eWxoCseDw_wcB

http://www.collectionsetc.com/Product/led-vintage-railroad-lantern.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=paid_srch&utm_campaign=pla_shopping&mr:trackingCode=28609C25-3B29-E411-92FA-BC305Boyfriend or Best Friend82162&mr:referralID=NA&campaignid=&cid=

For suggestions on how to incorporate the lantern into your centerpiece, look on Pinterest for lantern centerpieces.  You can duplicate almost any look you like, no matter the shape of the lantern.

I really like this last one. The table number is on a stick inserted into a small bottle. The use of flowers can be kept to a minimum. You can use succulents, moss balls, seed cones etc.

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I am using that exact lantern, from Ikea and cost only $8 each for the large. This is setting I made to show a friend what I was talking about so it does look a little funny. We have. Travel theme so I put in maps on two of the glass sides. The frame will be for table numbers.

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2016

derlar:  derlar:  did you ever find railroad lanterns! Ive been looking and can’t find any decently priced!

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