Oh my goodness, Hudson Valley couples are just crazy for lanterns these days! Maybe it is their romantic candlelit glow; or perhaps it is their ability to fill up a lot of real estate on reception tables, without the higher price tag attached to fresh floral designs. Whatever the reason, here is what you need to know:
To get the most impact, consider pairing different height lanterns together; such as small, medium and large sizes. Although they are lovely on their own, they can look even better when dressed up with luxurious ribbons, and fresh floral accents. In the past we have had a lot of luck with just adding a few blown open Roses and ribbons to the tops of lanterns. Our favorite way to dress them up is to place each lantern into the center of a wreath.
For those of you with very limited budgets, keep in mind that lanterns can easily transition from ceremony to reception. If you are having an outdoor ceremony, hang your lanterns from shepherd’s hooks. If you are having an indoor ceremony use them to line your aisle by tying them to your chairs, or placing them next to each chair. Once the ceremony is over, move the lanterns to the reception tables.
To save the very most on your wedding budget consider renting lanterns from your florist or event designer. The other alternative is to head over to Ikea and scoop them up; however you will need to store them in the months leading up to your wedding. You will also want to purchase more than you think you will need! In the event that you actually need 14 and you have only purchased 12, you may have to scramble if they have discontinued your style. I would STRONGLY advise skipping Home Goods and the Christmas Tree Store for these items. Rarely will they have the amount you need. And should you need just one more, you will really be stuck sourcing them, since many times the accessories in these stores are discontinued already.
Here are two of A Night in Bloom’s most sought after rental lanterns. The first one is a rustic garden style one, which coordinates with many of our other pieces.
The second one is a style which is designed to be placed in outdoor gardens but this style contains LED candles in them and therefore may be used at venues which don’t allow candles. They also make excellent accessories to outdoor pathways, should you have an evening wedding. They are great for outdoor, tented soirees!
Hopefully this gives you enough of an overview on this trend to get started. Happy planning everyone!