Post # 1
I really want paper lanterns for our wedding. They’re so pretty and festive, and I think they give kind of an expensive look without really costing all that much. Of course, lighting them is a whole other matter. Lighting kits are expensive, and DIY throwies seem like a PITA. Now, I’m perfectly willing to make the throwies and we can swing it financially… but I’m not even sure I WANT to light them. Our venue already has string christmas light type things and our tables at the reception will have 6-7 candles each on them. I’m a little worried its going to be TOO bright in the room and I don’t really need to have any more light.
But will it look weird if I don’t light them? Do people ever not light them?
Anyone here been to a wedding or event where paper lanterns were hung but not lit? Did it look weird?
Post # 3
- 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
You’re reading my mind, I was wondering the exact same thing!
Post # 5
@trailmix: how many did you use per lantern? I read online that for like 8-12 inch it recommends 3 LEDs. That is for throwies though, not actual store-bought LEDs. Did you think it looked weird that they didn’t look lit?
Post # 6
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
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
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!
Post # 9
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 # 10
Funny that the poll leans towards lighting them but the comments lean towards not…
Post # 11
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..