Post # 1
I am wanting to hang paper lanterns (without actual lights — strictly for show) from the "ceiling" of my ceremony/reception venue, which is actually kind of a canopy — we are using a rooftop on top of an arts center.
The "canopy" has beams going across, and I want to hang the lanterns from those beams. I would like to use a lot of lanterns of different sizes and bunch them in sort of an ellipse shape for a dramatic effect, hanging them at various heights. I figure the bigger ones can go in the center and the smaller ones toward the outside.
The beams are kind of far apart, probably 10 feet or so, so there would have to be a wire or something strung between them for hanging.
My concern is the time involved with hanging them. I only have two hours for setup. My bridesmaids, relatives and friends are going to help decorate, but they also need time to get ready themselves and I don’t think they’re going to want to be standing on a ladder, hanging lanterns, in their wedding finery.
So basically, I’m wondering if there is a way I can "pre-string" the lanterns to save time hanging them, because otherwise it could get very time intensive. The only issue with that is getting them to the reception venue without them ending up a tangled mess. Is there another way I could make hanging them easier?
Also, is there some way to search the boards for old posts on this topic? I’m sure that paper lanterns have been addressed many times, but I couldn’t find an easy way to search for previous entries.
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Post # 4
On your lantern dilemma:
We used lanterns at a college party once. The fastes way to hang them is to pre-string all the supporting lines on the canopy. (Like the day before if they’ll let you.) Then use christmas ornament hooks (from a craft store like Michaels), attach them to all the lanterns before you get there. Then when you get there, just hook the lantern, and bend the hooks so they don’t fall off. As far as tangling the lanterns, we didn’t have the lanterns attached to the bulbs when we transported them. We got to the restaurant and attached the lanterns to the bulb strings there.
Post # 5
That’s a great idea! Unfortunately the venue won’t let us do it the night before, but I think with enough help we could get it done in a reasonable amount of time.
Post # 6
We have the same problem. We want to hang lanterns over the tables in our reception venue. But we only have a few hours to do so. So my plan is to make Paper Lanter Mobiles! We want to have 5 lanterns over each of our 15 tables. My plan is to make a mobile for each table, so instead of having to hang 75 lanterns the day of, we only have to hang 15 mobiles. I don’t know if this will help with what your vision is, but I figured I would pass it along.
Post # 7
Ooh, that mobile idea is interesting, NoraB. I will have to consider that too …
Post # 8
i heard of using fishing line on each lantern to hang from the ceiling. would that work?