VIP October 2016

Lanterns instead of Bouquets

Soon2BMrsB, on January 9, 2016 at 9:34 PM Posted in Style and Décor 0 29
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I recently saw the idea of having bridesmaids carry lanterns/candles instead of bouquets. I've never seen it on person, but the images I found on pinterest looked very cute. I'm wondering if any of you have ever seen or experienced this and if there would be any negatives to doing this rather than a traditional floral bouquet.


  • Bride2b
    VIP September 2016
    Bride2b ·


  • P
    VIP May 2016
    Private User ·

    I personally don't like the idea very much for the daytime, but if your wedding was at night outside I think it would be beautiful. My brother had his wedding outside when it was dark so thats kind of what I'm picturing them with

  • Soon2BMrsB
    VIP October 2016
    Soon2BMrsB ·

    My wedding is at 3. I agree night time would stand out more. I thought the girls might like to keep their lanterns after though? Good point about the time of day.

  • OriginalLaura
    Master March 2017
    OriginalLaura ·

    Please don't do this. I went to a boarding school where I had to carry a lantern multiple times a year. For opening ceremony, senior night, ring reveal, and graduation. They are so, so, so painful and extremely heavy. And they are very dangerous if you light them.

  • ZeldaBride
    Master April 2017
    ZeldaBride ·

    Cute idea in theory, but I can see lanterns being cumbersome and heavy.

  • SydsMom
    Super May 2016
    SydsMom ·

    I personally don't like it. I like flowers better. But that's just my opinion. I will have lanterns down the aisle though.

  • Ruthie
    Dedicated March 2020
    Ruthie ·

    I am having an evening wedding and I have decided to do this I just loved the look but I am using a small lightweight glass lantern that won't be heavy for the bridesmaids to carry

  • S
    Just Said Yes October 2016
    Stephanie ·

    I've been thinking about doing that since my wedding is Halloween themed

  • Formal Pajamas
    Master September 2017
    Formal Pajamas ·

    I think it's a cute idea, I'm toying with the idea of a cute paper fan instead of a bouquet. I don't think my girls will really give a shit about having a flower bouquet, and i want it to be a fun, less formal thing.

  • Elizabeth
    Master December 2016
    Elizabeth ·

    These kinds of things scream "trying too hard to recreate Pinterest photos." What would be the point of carrying lanterns? Just seems very gimmicky.

  • Reggie
    Master September 2015
    Reggie ·

    It doesn't make sense during the day to me. I would be thinking "What? Can you not see or something?" Seems strange and a little forced. If it was at night it would work better but I would still prefer flowers. Plus it seems like it might be awkward to carry.

  • OriginalLaura
    Master March 2017
    OriginalLaura ·

    Ruthie, key word; Glass. Glass is not light. It may be "light" for you to pick up for five seconds but for your poor girls to carry down an aisle, which they can't carry with a straight arm because it will hike their dress up, will be extremely uncomfortable and will turn their fingers purple and strain their wrists. Those lanterns are "light" glass lanterns. Oh and ps this is what they look like I'm real life pictures without being blinded

  • hearts
    Devoted October 2015
    hearts ·

    I personally don't like it. Just seems kind of pointless. If you want to incorporate lanterns, you could put them on the tables or around the ceremony/reception area!

  • mrjonesandme
    Master September 2016
    mrjonesandme ·

    It seems really awkward....thats just my 2 cents.

  • Michelle S.
    VIP August 2016
    Michelle S. ·

    I think it would be really weird to do this.

  • MrsF2B
    VIP August 2016
    MrsF2B ·

    I don't really see the point in a daytime, well-lit wedding. It would be like carrying fans in a winter wedding. It's just so obviously something you don't need.

  • Monee_Darnel
    VIP May 2016
    Monee_Darnel ·

    As a future bride and a previous BM in several (more than 8) weddings, the more odd things to carry esp with long dresses the more uncomfortable you are. I agree it seems awkward and like it would get heavy after a while. And while it looks good in the photo posted it doesn't seem like it would give a lot of other great photo opts.

  • Hillary Kate
    Savvy April 2016
    Hillary Kate ·

    I love those paper fans shown above. I love alternative decorations. I'm sure you'd be able to find some lighter lanterns than the ones shown, or than glass.

  • Celia Milton
    October 2019
    Celia Milton ·

    I've seen them. I don't like them. And as for the paper fans?

    No. Unless everyone in your bridal party is 7.

  • Emily O.
    VIP June 2016
    Emily O. ·

    I feel like that would be really weird to have at a daytime wedding, not to mention could get heavy.

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