Wedding Style Notes: Wedding Lanterns

October 30, 2013

in Centrepieces, Decorations, Design, Detail, DIY Ideas, Tables, Trends

Wedding lanterns

With so many different styles, shapes and sizes of lanterns to choose from today, I thought I would put some ideas together for how to use them for a wedding ceremony and reception.

I find wedding lanterns are very versatile and are an easy way to dress a wedding space.

I do not always only put candles inside lanterns, they are also great for displaying other items such as flowers, shells or autumn leaves – anything that brings in the wedding theme.

Lanterns also give a romantic glow to an area. They can be hung from a tree or on shepherds’ crooks, used as wedding table centrepieces or reception decor, to highlight a wedding aisle  or entrance.

There are so many options and places where wedding lanterns can be used, both practical and decorative.

Wedding lantern ideas


Floor lanterns are ideal to highlight areas of your wedding ceremony or reception.

Light up your wedding day

These small, robust, classic small silver lanterns from The White Company are perfect to add a welcoming touch to a wedding tablescape, especially when grouped together and embellished with flowers or string lights. The large silver lanterns would give a beautiful warm glow if placed as a pair by the entrance and they would be a lovely keepsake after the wedding, bringing a romantic light to your home.

Paper lanterns

If you find you are on a tight wedding budget then these outdoor paper lanterns decorated with a stylish butterfly pattern from Confetti are ideal to light up a walkway or the perimeter of a reception – just add a battery t-light.

Jar candle lanterns

These jar candle lanterns, just married jam jar, crochet jam jar and the jam jar lanterns from Not on the High Street are wonderful for a shabby chic or vintage style wedding, or, if you do have time, you can can make your own lanterns to give your wedding  a more personal touch.

Lantern favours

These mini lanterns can have a dual purpose. First, they can make an appearance on your wedding reception table, and they can be given to your wedding guests to take home as wedding favours. Just add a battery t-light and they will be twinkling all evening.

There are lots of ways lanterns can be used at your wedding to easily enhance the wedding decor.

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Sharon Maher is a wedding and party planner, event venue stylist and also writes the blogs Norah Sleep Wedding Style, Norah Sleep Living Style and My Wedding Marquee about weddings, food, fashion, style and things that inspire her in life. Find her on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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