Listen.. you just can't go wrong with a good lantern. Why? Two words: versatility + ambiance. The end.
Okay, okay, I'll elaborate. Here are a few reasons why lanterns are a wedding/special event decor necessity and why we're such big fans.
- Lanterns are one of the few pieces that we consider to be truly "multi-seasonal." Lanterns can perfectly complement even the most seasonal-specific color scheme and decor. The options are endless with the ability to add even more special touches inside of them: candles (the natural glow will instantly add elegance to any event), leaves for a fall event, some spring blooms or baby's breath for a spring or summer wedding - the sky is the limit! A more basic, neutral lantern will be the most versatile, like these:
But we also love suggesting lantern styles that best complement the season your event will be in! Here's some seasonal inspiration:
(Images via Pinterest - linked to original source)
- They can help pull together any decor style you are going for. Vintage, rustic, traditional, modern, regal, woodsy, romantic... no matter the overall look you're trying to achieve, there's a lantern style for it. Using lanterns will not only complete your look but help you do it with less work because they are such a statement!
- If you're someone who considers themselves to be the "practical" type, you'll appreciate this last point. Lanterns are 100% multi-functional. They can double as decor for your ceremony and your reception (saving you some money!) and can even be used as home decor in the first little place you share with your spouse.
I loved using lanterns as multi-purpose decor for my wedding day, and I kept a few to use on my coffee table, as an accent piece in our kitchen. and on our porch. On the day of the wedding, they served as both aisle decorations and reception centerpieces. My friend (who served wonderfully as our coordinator) assigned a few people to help move the lanterns from the church over to the country club for the reception. So doable and worth it!
Images by Heather Todd Photography
Obsessed yet? Check out our selection of lanterns here or you can shop by theme! Follow us on Pinterest and Instagram @affordableelegancebridal for even more lantern love and inspiration.