(Closed) Has any one used sky lanterns at their wedding or seen them used?

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Are they the ones that you light up so the heat expands it and it flies away?

I’ve seen it done once.  I don’t think  it worked out the way the bride and groom wanted.  They couldn’t get them all going in the same time frame, so there was one or two going up at a time.  It was a bit frustrating as well to get the things lit.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’ve never been to a wedding where they did them-but I am having them at my wedding. I ordered them off of amazon.

I tried one out, to test it, and it did take a bit longer than I would of liked to light- I’m going to buy like 10 lighters(the long ones) to light them all. We are having 40 lanterns.

~They are pretty big, prob have one per couple/family….kinda takes 2 people to get it going(one hold/one light)

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

They can be pretty but, honestly, they can also be a total disaster and a lot of venues are banning them. Our venue had its roof set on fire by one recently causing several thousand pounds worth of damage. They are also a danger to livestock who can accidentally eat the frames.

Sorry to be a downer but I didn’t know about the issues until someone else told me and I did some research.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m torn on having these at our wedding in March.  I haven’t ordered them yet, but keep researching them and seeing feedback about the fire dangers and concerns about livestock and animals.  Many of my friends really want me to have them because they’ll be great for photos and the guests will enjoy them, but something’s holding me back from ordering them.  I’ve even received approval from our venue, which I was rather surprised by.  Ithinkpink90 – please let us know how yours go this weekend?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

they just had them on an episode of Four Weddings, they were beautiful!  They did them in honor of family members gone before them.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

@sehrler:  I may have seen that one?

I was just going to post saying I just saw them in an episode of Four Weddings and they did not go as planned. I don’t know if I would risk setting the venue on fire.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I wanted to use them but I’m afraid I would catch barns/fields on fire or something awful like that. They’re so pretty though!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Aure:  The one I saw, it went ok.  The other 3 wedding contestants were nervous for the bride’s hair though!

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@ithinkpink90

Would you mind letting us know how it went with your wish lanterns after your wedding.

I am also considering it for my August 11th wedding.

Thanks

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

They are highly illegal here. 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We had wish lanterns at our wedding back in March and they were one of the most talked about  parts of our entire day.  All of the guests absolutely loved them.  I know they’re pretty controversial on the boards, but we opted to have them after receiving approval from our venue and we’re so glad we did.  One of our favorite photos is of us launching one off.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2023

You also have to take into consideration that you will most likely have to let emergency services know. We have a law over here which means that the coastguard has to approve them first – because so many people report them when they’re set off.

They also can cause massive problems for any local cattle farmers, so you would have to let any farms/people who have fields nearby know what you are planning. Cows in particular like to eat the frames, which can lead to internal bleeding and cause fatalities. I live on a dairy farm, so I’m quite biased, but I would much prefer someone set off some fireworks than put my cows at risk.

Of course there’s always the problem of setting places on fire too!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I thought about these, but there is no fire allowed at the venue I want, and well thats something I was a little worried about anyway. Now im thinking about the balloons with the LED lights in them. Im not exactly sure how it would work but its definately safer than fire.

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