(Closed) Love, Love, LOVE this idea, not sure WHEN to incorporate it….

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

What if you timed it so that the guests were all lined up in sort of a receiving line with their lanterns already set up?  (After cocktail hour and before going into the dinner portion of the evening)  When you guys get to the reception venue, everyone can light them & cheer & clap, then you and your new hubby can walk down the receiving line?  That way you’re starting the reception with everyones warm wishes? 

I would imagine that the catholic ceremony would be done in like an hour (730) and by the time you guys get to the venue, it’d be dark enough for the lanterns to look pretty. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve used the lanterns myself and a word of warning, you are going to need A LOT of room. The lanterns themselves are not small and for each lantern you will have a couple of people surrounding each lantern trying not to get burned and jumping around trying to stop the lantern from flying all over the place or bumping into the people next to them. I’d say you need at least a couple of yards per lantern in all directions.

The other thing to bear in mind is that getting the lanterns lit can be a bit tricky and it won’t be possible to get them all lit and up in the air at the same time so you will need some time for it.

I’d leave the lanters for later on in the evening, perhaps after dinner but before the dancing starts. Most people usually want to go outside for some fresh air after dinner anyway and it will be dark enough to be really dramatic. Or, if you’re having a live band the musicians will probably need a break at some point, you could do the lanterns in the break to keep people occupied.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

That’s a great idea, go for the sample pack! The lanterns are beautiful but can be a bit tricky to implement, especially if you have a large group of people.

Let us know what you decide to do 🙂

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Maybe to keep it simple but still meaningful you could only light one up with your husband while the guests watch (for example as one user suggested, during a music break you and your husband could make a speech and light the lantern up at the end). Perhaps not as much fun as having one for everyone, but still interesting and easier to manage

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had never heard of these until a few weeks ago when a friend mentioned having them at her sister’s wedding. They had 3 … 1 for the B&G, 1 for his parents, 1 for her parents. She said getting the 3 of them set up wasn’t too bad and they actually went up within a few seconds of each other.

Since I don’t have parents (deceased) and we are both encore’s, we are thinking of doing this except we would have his kids (18 & 14) set one up and my kids (23, 25, 27) set one up. Of course we would have one for the us as well. 🙂

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011
Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I love this idea, and now want to incorporate it into my wedding somehow. I think going in the parking lot would be fine, just have the DJ announce that you want to take a moment to send some wishes or something, and you guys can go back to dancing. I think its beautiful and would be AMAZING for photos anddddd your wedding guest would LOVE IT. (I know I would)

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Not to be a debbie downer, but where do they go afterwards? They are visually beautiful and I hope you would consider the eco biodegradable wish lanterns.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

@HolyVowels: Most of them are biodegradable, The ones i used were anyway.

@Mrs.tobe: Maybe you and your husband could do it when your leaving th reception 🙂 I’ve never used them in a large scale only for a birthday once but they’re pretty.

 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It’s true that there are requirements for the use of these lanterns. I know I would not be able to use them at my venue for legal reasons. Have you checked that?

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Instead of your guests, what about your bridal party?

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