Post # 1
I’m trying to decorate three HUGE tents like the one I posted (there will be 3 side by side, WITHOUT the walls in this picture – unless its raining sideways, knock on wood!)
I’m going to use chinese lanterns in sage, orange, and white. A couple of questions:
-For chinese lanterns brides: what size(s) did you/will you use? Do you find it better to use a variety of sizes, or just one? I’m torn between doing 12″ and 16″, or doing exclusively 16″.
-Would it be too much to add sage green drapes coming down from the center? I attached a picture to show what I mean – this isn’t the right color of green, but its the general idea.
Any other tent decor ideas?
Post # 3
I was at a wedding where they used three different sizes of lanterns and it looked awesome. Each size was a different color (her smallest were red because she didn’t want them to overwhelm the space but she wanted little pops of color). She had fewer of the largest size, and more of the smaller sizes. I really liked the effect, it kept the eye moving a little bit but still looked put together because the sizes/colors matched.
I like the drapes, personally, but I’ve never seen them in real life.
Good luck 🙂
Post # 4
Sigh…I love draping at a wedding. It looks awesome! Whether you’re doing that or not.
Post # 5
Yeah at first I was opposed to the draping because my in-laws had suggested orange, and I thought things would start to look like a circus, with that much color and all the lanterns. But then I saw this example and thought if we just did the sage, it could be really elegant.
Post # 6
I think it will look beautiful!
Post # 7
For the lanterns – we’re getting 100 total (30 for each tent, with 10 extra.) So if we do different sizes, maybe something like this:
12 small sage
10 medium white
8 large orange
And do that in each tent? With the sage draping in addition? Thoughts?
Post # 8
I think different sized lanterns is the way to go! I just had them hung from trees (not my tent), but I think it wouldn’t have looked as neat as it did had they all been one size.
I also had draping, but only because I had a very long tent with 3 huge ugly poles in the middle going to the ground. I really didn’t want to have to pay for them (it was like $600 more), but it was soooooo worth it in the end. Those poles would have looked nasty (especially because I had a day wedding and they would have been blaring for all to see in the bright sunlight).
Post # 9
Bree72 – Did you have different colors? How did you distribute the color/sizes of your lanterns?
Also, this is too late to help Bree, but I have a budget saving option for draping…if we do it, we’re going to use these plastic table runners. It sounds crazy, but in real life once its draped they look really fancy, almost like chiffon only LOADS cheaper (see the example above – thats what they used.) Its going to cost just $200 for all three tents!
Post # 10
I’m doing lanterns in my tent as well but I’m not sure what sizes just yet. I looked into draping and it was literally the same cost as my tent rental so I had to cancel it. We’re doing pole draping on the poles on the perimeter and the ones in the middle though, but not on the sides of the roof itself if that makes sense.
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I think your colors will look beautiful!
Here are some pics I love:
Post # 13
@farmersdaughter – thank you SO MUCH for that link! I’ve been obsessing over the following photo, but we just couldn’t figure out a way to do it with our budget. But this will work! We can replicate this exact thing for about $150 with those table covers! (I’m excited about this, can you tell? 🙂
Also, I think that your tents would look awesome if you used the draping, and then put the chinese lanterns hanging from the center, at different heights. I like the multiple sizes, but possibly match the color of the drapes? (I’m still obsessing over my pic…)
Post # 14
My drapes, as well as my lanterns were all white. My colors were navy white with pops of kelly green, but I really wanted everything to be simple and clean. I felt the mix of colors was getting too busy for the look I wanted, but I think the mixture can look awesome if that’s what you are going for. The pictures PrncssDva linked to are great examples of how nice the mix of colors can look.
And just for reference, Mrs. Tiramisu had a tented wedding and wrote about her lanterns (how she hung them, how many she bought, etc.) here:
Post # 15
I used paper lanterns for my tented reception and they looked awesome! We used 12 & 14inch lanterns from paperlanternstore.com b/c they had the biggest variety, the were cheaper, and they have a free shipping code!
Honestly I think the 8 inch are going to look way too tiny. You have to take into consideration how big your tent is too, because if you have a humongus tent with little bitty 8inch lanterns they may not look right. We didnt do any draping, but our tent company rents fabric liners for their tents that make them look more elegant, and its only $50 for the liner! Something you may want to look in to..
Here’s a pic of what the lanterns looked like.
Post # 16
@Rocktsrgn – so glad I could help! And that picture is gorgeous….Our tent style is a little different (its a hexagon shape, not long like yours) so we can’t really do that exact thing, but I love how much color those drapes add to the space! I think I’m sold on the drapes now.
I think we’re going to get 45 12″ green lanterns, 35 14″ white lanterns, and 25 16″ orange lanterns. Hopefully we’ll be able to achieve the look many of you have described by scattering those throughout the tents.
Oh and I second the Mrs. Tiramisu reference…we’ve already used her inspiration heavily in terms of figuring out how to light our lanterns affordably with LEDs!