Lanterns instead of bouquets

We've featured tons of non-floral bouquet alternatives, but here's one alternative I think we'll be seeing more of in the future: Rachael's bridesmaids carried red glass lanterns instead bouquets … and the result was stunning…

Lanterns instead of bouquets
Photo by Tinywater
Rachel had a TON of a great details at her red & black wedding. Check out all the photos here, and be expecting a full profile in the near future! Oh, and if you're inspired by the lantern idea, you can find a few here.

  1. Such a beautiful idea! I'm obsessed with those lanterns and have been dying to create a boudoir area filled with about 20 of them…

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    • I picked these ones up at Cost Plus World Market right around Xmas. They have other colors, sizes and shapes too.

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  2. I can only say – WOW? WOW, WOW. Absolutely great. I also had a black wedding, but this is stunning.

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  3. I am doing this too, but my lantern is more plain. Am trying to work out how to get a really bright light in there instead of a candle.. any ideas?

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  4. Also, a quick google search will reveal a few different brands of electric candles.. my favourites being remote control electric candles. I don't have the link now, but found an LED candle, remote controlled, that is made from real wax, so the light effect is much the same as a real candle. Great in lanterns, or on their own.

    I was very happy to see this article as my bride to be and I are planning using lanterns, fairy lights, and branches instead of flowers, throughout the wedding.

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  5. So when you toss your "bouquet" you kill a guest?

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    • LOL. I didn't actually carry a lantern, but instead walked my dog and I doubt she wanted to be thrown. Plus she's about 60lbs and I probably couldn't throw her that far.

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  6. Might I add we will always miss aunt B since the wedding.

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  7. I'm doing lanterns for my bridal party. They're cheaper than bouquets, and you get to keep them!

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