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Monday, May 4, 2015

Wish Lanterns for Your Wedding

Make your guests “ooh” and “ahh!”

Here’s how to get that true wedding day glow! The best part is there are tons of beautiful lighting options to choose from for your big day. Picking the right one can really set the tone of your wedding and add a sweet, romantic feel.

WEDWishLanternsWish lanterns are a long-time tradition at Asian festivals for thousands of years, paper lanterns were used to celebrate the Chinese New Year and as a signaling device. Countless were launched to rid the people of their worries and to decorate the city’s sky with light. The flame would symbolize knowledge and wisdom.

Search for the kind of wish lanterns that are biodegradable, wire free and made from the highest quality flame resistant paper. Wish lanterns are traditionally made out of oiled rice paper stretched over a bamboo frame, containing a small candle or flameproof fuel cells. When you light the candle, the air heats up, and the lantern rises into the air. The lanterns will make a fantastic evening even more magical.

Most are stylish and elegantly designed, and are suitable for many events, including weddings and can be decorated or drawn on. Light your lantern, make a wish for the bride and groom and watch it float up into the evening sky. These lanterns are a perfect send off for the bride and groom. Paper lanterns for weddings symbolize a couple’s love for one another, bringing light and even more joy to the special day. It a wedding lantern display that will stun your guests and is sure to stay in the minds of everyone for years to come.

Once they come down, in time they are absorbed into the ground, since they are completely biodegradable. For material to be defined as truly biodegradable, half of it must break down within 180 days.

“If you decide to invite your guests to launch their own wishes, make sure you provide colorful markers so they can write down their well wishes for your future. Guests could send off their lanterns as you emerge from the chapel or outdoor alter, anytime during the reception or just as you are departing to start your new life together. It will be much easier to gather your sober guests at the beginning of the event, and having someone pre-fill the lanterns will save precious time.” ~ Nicole Kidder

While the flame is lit, wish lanterns can fly into the air for up to 15 minutes, traveling several miles in distance and up to 1,000 feet in altitude before the flame goes out and the lantern floats safely back to the ground. To maximize the visibility and enjoyment of a sky lantern release, and because they can travel such long distances, wish lanterns should always be released outdoors in a clear and wide open space without any overhead obstructions like trees, power lines or buildings.

To determine the best place and time to launch the lanterns at your wedding, it may be best to talk with your wedding consultant/planner.

LanternsImagine the finale to the big day, when the happy couple, and all their guests, release dozens of lanterns, bearing messages of love and luck, into the sky. This is usually done immediately after the bride and groom are pronounced husband and wife and after they have their final walk down the aisle from the alter.

Wedding Sky Lantern Ceremony: Before sending up your sky lanterns, have the Minister/Wedding Officiant or Master of Ceremonies share a little about the symbolism of the wish lanterns and the following heart felt poem by Author D. Simone with your wedding guests.

May light always surround you, hope kindle and rebound you.
May your hurts turn to healing, your heart embrace feeling.
May wounds become wisdom, every kindness a prism.
May laughter infect you, your passion resurrect you.
May goodness inspire your deepest desires.
Through all that you reach for, may your arms never tire.
You may now release your wish lanterns.

Another way to achieve the wow-factor during a Rocky Point, Mexico beach wedding is to incorporate Chinese sky lanterns into the ceremony or reception.

Please check with your wedding venue and local marshal to see if it is legal to use in your state before you purchase. If you do decide to integrate a sky lantern release into your wedding, make sure you adhere to all safety warnings and proceed with extreme caution. Available at Walmart and other places. Google: “Wish Lanterns for Your Wedding.”

BONUS Article: Wish Upon a Lantern


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