How to Decorate with Lanterns at Your Wedding

From lanterns along the ceremony aisle to lantern centerpieces, see these ideas!

How to Decorate with Lanterns at Your Wedding

Photo: Sheri Whitko

In the world of weddings – and more specifically, wedding photography – lighting is everything. If you had any thoughts about your nuptials as a child, you likely thought about your ensemble, color scheme, and where you’d host your event. Details such as lighting aren’t often considered in advance, but they play an important role in the overall concept of your big day. From chandeliers to votives, lighting designs have to work expertly in terms of both form and function. These features must add to the décor of the wedding while also providing adequate light for the guests, photographer, and videographer.

One of our favorite ways to go about adding a little brightness to your ceremony or reception is through the use of lanterns. While some maybe believe this element is strictly appropriate for vintage or rustic weddings, lanterns can come in many shapes and styles. To see ideas on how to include lanterns in your vows, browse the pictures below from real weddings. Click on each photo to get further inspiration!

Flower embellish chuppah with lanterns lining aisle runner
Photo by Sheri Whitko; Consulting by Paulette Wolf Events; Floral Design by HMR Designs

Lanterns with candles at outdoor wedding ceremony
Photo by KLK Photography; Consulting by Bluebell Events; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers

Nick Carter wedding ceremony lantern decor on aisle
Photo by Kris Kan

Greenery, rose hydrangea pink flower arch wedding ceremony lanterns at base
Photo by Ryan Phillips Photography; Consulting by Sterling Engagements; Floral Design by The Hidden Garden

Beach wedding with chrome oversized lantern at aisle entrance
Photo by Yvette Roman Photography; Floral Design by The Hidden Garden

Lantern decor next to wedding ceremony chairs
Photo by Love and Water Photography

Rustic shabby chic lantern decor at outdoor wedding ceremony aisle
Photo by Elizabeth Messina

Black large lantern next to ceremony chairs at wedding ceremony
Photo by Embrace Life Photography; Consulting by Bluebell Events

Rustic wood lantern at cocktail hour with rope handle
Photo by KingenSmith

Rustic distressed lantern centerpiece at outdoor rehearsal dinner
Photo by Elizabeth Messina; Consulting by Bob Gail Special Events

Tall lantern centerpiece at outdoor destination wedding reception
Photo by Paul Barnett Photographer

Moroccan lanterns above wedding reception table Montage Laguna Beach
Photo by Troy Grover Photographers; Event Design by White Lilac Inc.; Venue: Montage Laguna Beach

Lantern centerpiece at Dallas wedding reception
Photo by Photography by Edmonson Weddings; Floral Design by Bella Flora of Dallas

Large flower lantern sculpture with Moroccan lanterns
Photo by Lauren Ross Photography & Nancy Cohn Photography; Consulting by Posh Parties; Venue: The Breakers

Lantern chandelier suspended from tent ceiling DeMarco Murray wedding first dance
Photo by Thisbe Grace Photography; Consulting by Jordan Payne Events

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