(Closed) Cost of hanging Paper Lantern

posted 12 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

Your florist is on crack. There is no planet on which that could possibly be reasonable. You are talking about a job that should take less than half an hour, and you and I both know the day laborers they hire to do this work are making minimum wage. Buy the lanterns yourself online – they cost less than $10 each – and ask a friend to hang them for you.

Post # 4
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

OMG OMG OMG!!! get your butt to a Dollar Tree store stat… they have paper laterns with light bulbs inside (you can also buy the batteries there)

HELLO they are a DOLLAR!!!! 

I picked up 25 and was able to get the batteries there in sets of 8.. so its like 30 bucks… WAY cheaper!

We are decorating them next month with beads and hot glue guns to spruce them up a bit.  

Post # 5
5 posts

Check out this site too.  They carry everything you need to hang lanterns on your own (or have a friend or family member do it)


Post # 6
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I think the $1800 is way out of line, but there can be significant effort involved depending on how your venue is set up. Don’t underestimate the hassle of doing this yourself on your wedding day. 

I bought my lanterns, batteries myself and my venue hung them for me at no charge. However, I don’t think the venue will agree to hang them for any future brides because it was such a pain. Their ladders weren’t tall enough to reach the trusses, and they resorted to throwing spoons with fishing line tied through them to get them hung. They also couldn’t get them hung too early (ie, day before) because of concerns the batteries would die before the reception. No non-venue staff were permitted to climb their ladders for insurance reasons so I was not allowed to hang them myself. I’m guessing it took the better part of 2 hrs to get 20 lanterns hung.

Post # 7
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2004

Carliona I like the comment you made – "your florist is on crack."  I think she over charged you and there is no possibly no way charging you only for 50 laterns.  My friend who went to a florist charged her $1200 for flowers, bouquet, church decortation and other decortive items. 

Post # 8
1 posts

$1800 – yikes! I would think any handy person with a good ladder could do that job, although the business insurance issues mentioned above could cause complications. I do know that large paper lanterns are significantly more expensive than medium lanterns, so that could be part of the cost. Just to give you another option, this store I like, LunaBazaar.com, has both large white lanterns (some VERY large) and various battery and corded lighting options for paper lanterns. Here’s a link to their paper lanterns page.

Post # 9
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

sounds like your florist doesn’t want to hang the lanterns.  can someone from the venue do it?

Post # 10
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m all for the florist being and addict! 😉

Is there an on site person where you’re having your wedding? Like are you haiving it ouside on a park or golf course? Maybe their janitor or handy man would be willing to do it for a few hundred bucks cash.

My venue said I can’e lanters but I have to hire someone to hang them for me due to liability reasons.  

Post # 11
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

OMG ! Thats way to expensive , I bought mine at the dollar tree and I LOVE THEM !!!

I hope you consider that ! They look just as good as any other place you would have got them . lol.


hope this helps 🙂

Post # 12
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

$1800 is out of line, but it’s also not fair to compare her price to just the price of the lantern.  You’re paying for the convenience of having her hang the lanterns (the labor and art of it).

My florist hung about 40 lanterns in the reception space and charged $250 (including the lanterns).  Obviously more expensive than the price of the lanterns, but I didn’t have to hang them myself.

Post # 13
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Take a look at http://www.orientaltrading.com – they have tons of paper lanterns, and get your friends to hang them – it won’t take but a 1/2 hour 🙂

Post # 14
39 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

Wow $1800 is def. high. Maybe you can propose buying them yourself and see if they would just charge you labor. I bought 11 dozen white lanterns in different sizes for $150 from here: http://www.paperlanternstore.com/

Our florist is charging $400 to hang lanterns and tissue puff balls I’m making throughout our reception and bar area. 

Good luck!

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