(Closed) Paper lanterns: To light or no?

posted 11 years ago in Decor
  • poll: To light, or not to light... that is the question

    Light 'em up! Don't worry about it being too bright.

    Don't light them... they'll look just fine unlit!

  • Post # 3
    1106 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

    I bought the stupid LED lights (expensive!) and then you couldn’t even tell that there were lights in our lanterns, so personally, I vote for no bc I don’t think it’s worth it and the lights aren’t very noticeable!

    Post # 4
    869 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    You’re reading my mind, I was wondering the exact same thing!

    Post # 6
    2297 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    One alternative to consider is putting each of the paper lanterns over one of the Christmas lights.  That way, they will look lit, without your needing to create throwies or whatever to light them.

    Post # 7
    290 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Save your money and the hassle – they look just as pretty without the lights! We’re doing the same thing, for the same reasons 🙂

    Post # 8
    72 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I bought the supplies to make the LED throwies and they last atleast 48 hours at full strength and are very easy to make (just wrap tape around the battery and light) 

    I bought enough for 3 LED throwies for each lantern (14 and 16 inch lanterns), which was enough to give it a nice glow that make them clearly visible without giving me tons of extra light that I did not want.  

    However, if you have enough ambient light, you can totally skip lighting them, but if the lanterns are going to be difficult to see, I say light them! 


    Good luck!

    Post # 9
    26 posts
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I was wondering the same thing! Our whole tent is going to be so lit up already, and we’re using blue or pink uplighting so I just want white lanterns to be a wow pop factor when people walk in. (putting them above dancefloor) not necessarily for light. Glad to know we don’t have to light them

    Post # 11
    91 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2010


    this is a great idea, just stuff the white lights into the lanterns.

    white lights are pretty common, and unless your wedding is in december, you can probably borrow from family and friends, if you need more than what is there.

    but OP, i dont think they will look funny unlit, i think they will look funny if theyre barely lit, so it looks like a half-assed attempt..

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