Post # 1
How many lanterns did you use in what sizes and for what area?
I will have a 20×50 tent, and I want it to look full but not crowded. I have no idea what sizes will look good proportionally!
I’d also love to hear where you bought yours and how you hung and lit them! 🙂
Post # 3
I am having my wedding in October, but we are using bare saplings that we are cutting down from private property, cementing them into coffee cans and painting them black. We are covering them with white lights, then hanging the lanterns (lit by throwies) from the branches.
Our trees are going to be about 6 ft tall and each tree will have 9 10″ lanterns in it. (3 of each- orange, white, fuschia)
Our venue has a pool in it that will have fountains and lights in it, so we are having a tree at each corner, one on either side of the arbor that we are getting married under and one on either side of the main entrance- for a total of 72 lanterns.
Then, for our aisle decorations, I got 8″ in the fuschia and orange (our chairs are going to be covered in white with orange sashes) to alternate on the sides of each chair going down the aisle, with pink petals on the outside of the aisle runner.
Lots of work- but it was alot less expensive and we couldn’t hang from the ceiling in the venue because it was too high.
Post # 4
Just in case anyone ever finds this and has a similar problem, I ended up making a diagram in Paint to scale calculating a pixel as an inch. So for a 20×50 tent, I made it 240×600 pixels (inches) and then made circles also to scale, so 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16 pixels each to equal my paper lanterns in those diameters. Proceed to copy paste a lot and move them around. Voila. An arrangement I am comfortable with — I’ll string them in four rows down the length of the tent using random sizes and varying the heights in no particular order. I ended up with 17 lanterns per row for a total of 68 lanterns. Kind of arbitrary, but that to me will be full but not crowded. The spacing will be done more carefully with the real thing, and there will be a run of white Christmas lights between the top and bottom spaces. Obviously this can be done pretty easily for other sizes, too.
Mine will be all white, but the colors helped make it easier to work with. Hope this helps someone! (PS the legend is not to scale and I think it shrunk to fit here.)