(Closed) How many paper lanterns??

posted 10 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

first look at your square footage and then decide how thick you want the coverage! i’ve been looking at using them too but am still stuck – i think since you’re in a gym you could go fairly large, maybe around 20″?

Post # 4
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Like you said it does vary greatly. If you use really big ones interspersed with medium sized ones, I found that it makes it look like there is more (we used this for a friends wedding I was in). Also, maybe you could do lines of lanterns instead of randomized all over the ceiling. that way you would know exactly how many you need.

For my wedding we had a tent and hanging them all over wasnt an option so we strung from each corner up to the center of the tent, it looked good! (i think)

Good luck!

Post # 5
117 posts
Blushing bee

Just did my daughter’s wedding reception in our church gym.

Same issues.

We decided to make it tent like and hung gossamer from a frame my hubby made.

It took 300 yards of gossamer to cover the whole gym the way we wanted but looked amazing.

I then hung paper lanterns from the center

we used about 20, varying sizes and colors (orientaltrading.com).  they had metallic silver ones that were awesome and we used the other colors in my daughter’s wedding.

we also rented uplights (again, online!!) for the walls to wash the  gossamer in color.

We have gotten many nice comments on her reception. 🙂

Post # 7
153 posts
Blushing bee

Just had my daughters wedding and in a tent we had almost 150 lanterns—a lot of work –but they looked amazing!


Post # 9
23 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

We had a 60 x70 tent and strung 70 lanterns throughout.  I did all different sizes, ranging from 12″ to 24″.  It kind of depends on the look you’re going for– uniform, or more scattered.  I got our lanterns from paperlanternstore.com

Post # 10
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We used about 35 paper lanterns. But we just had them clustered over the dance floor. They were various sizes and at different heights. It took like 45 mins to hang them all. This is the best picture I could find right now. (dont mind the pink chairs, this is before the chair covers were put on )




Post # 11
117 posts
Blushing bee

@jessjess:   It had a really neat tent-like feel.  We did not cover the ceiling completel so that A/C ducts weren’t blocked!!  The center piece was solid.

We spent a couple of days, but it could be done probably faster, since we were only able to really work on at night. It took us longer because we also wanted to cover the walls in the gym (the walls were brown carpet).  But hanging the gossamer and the pieces that we attached to the wall..probably 8-10 good hours. 

Was easy to take down and we packaged it all up in case someone wanted to use it there again. 


Post # 12
117 posts
Blushing bee



Pics……at last!   It really made a splash apparently—people are still talking about how beautiful the reception was—nearly 3 weeks later!  

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