(Closed) lighting with paper lanterns

posted 12 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Will your reception site let you set up the lanterns the day before?  If so, you may be able to just get some friends to help you out.  I think you can just use christmas lights as the light source for the lanterns.  Just place the lanterns in such a way that the light is inside of it and then gather all the plug ends on a power strip.  That way when you want the lanterns lit, you just plug the power strip into an outlet and bingo, you have your lanterns.  🙂  Also, you won’t have to worry about fire danger and you don’t have to worry about candles being burnt out during your wedding. 

Post # 4
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

http://www.pearlriver.com has great solutions.  They even have battery operated LED lights for the lanterns.  You can use pots with styrofoam and gravel on top to secure the lanterns on bamboo rods.  You can find really long rods at Cost Plus World Market.

Post # 5
49 posts
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’ve helped a friend decorate her outdoor under the tent wedding with paper lanterns. Two things, look for strand lights with larger round bulbs. If you go to specialty stores that sell lamps and lighting, you should be able to find strands there. I believe they come in 25ft and 50ft lengths. You can also find light strands online for relatively affordable prices, bulbs as well.

Also, just remember that the bulbs are not attached, so you might need about 1-2 hours just to screw every bulb into the sockets. Second thing is electricity. You’ll need outdoor extension cords and if you can, a generator just for those lights. You seriously don’t want any of your guests tripping over anything!

As for getting enough light with those bulbs, we screwed ever other socket so that the lanterns itself weren’t bunched up together. I suggest you find the strands first before getting the lanterns. This way you know what the distance is between sockets, and what size lanterns you should get to make it look full, but not crowded, and not sparse.  Hope that helps!


Post # 6
111 posts
Blushing bee

one of the florists i visited offered to do this for me. I ended up going with another florist who did not do this but said that my venue would be able to put them up for me as long as I could bring them all the stuff. Good luck. i think its a beautiful idea!

Post # 8
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - Bride's family summer home in the Adirondacks

We used these custom light kits from Asian Ideas which were AWESOME!


You get to choose how long each cord is, how many bulbs there are, how far away the bulbs are, etc.

My tent company tried to charge me FORTY FIVE DOLLARS PER LANTERN to set up the lanterns & cords that WE bought (for like $3 per lantern + cords) so we just did it ourselves.  It was quite easy to do but did take a while.  We used zip ties to attach the cords to the tent and then snipped off the extra zip which was really easy and quick; the tricky part was just having people to hold the lanterns when they’re all strung on the cord but not up yet, so they don’t get torn or crushed while they’re waiting to be hung up.

Good luck!

Post # 10
48 posts
  • Wedding: July 2008

I am doing paper lanterns at my wedding in July.  I am planning on ordering from this place. 


I plan on using the LED battery packs so I don’t have to mess with cords and such. 

As far as the installation, we’ll be doing it ourselves… My fiance is in charge of that.  We will be using fishing like to string them at different lengths across the coutyard where people will be seated.

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