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Lantern Love – Chinese Sky Lanterns

One of the few suggestions my man has made towards our wedding is his desire for sky lanterns. An lighting obsessive (ambiance is a big deal for him), it’s his one big ‘quirk’ and I’d really like to honour his request to use them…especially as he sweetly suggested that we each write a wish to send into the nights sky – how cute is that?!

A seriously stylish statement, I am however, concerned about any negative impact these Chinese sky lanterns might have on local wildlife. I’d hate to think that we’d used anything on our wedding day that would somehow cause upset – or worse still – amongst our local livestock. So I’ve been searching for companies who supply eco-friendly and fully bio-degrabable sky lanterns, all of which I’ve listed below. For me, the subject is still up for debate – I’d like to do more re-search before we commit to this idea…

What do you think?

Where to buy eco sky lanterns…

Sky Lanterns OnlineNigel’s Eco StoreEco Sky Lanterns

Credits: top image from Disney’s Tangled. Inspiration top-bottom…via 100 Paper Cuts, The Daily Dusk, Wedding Dates

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  • Holly February 8, 2011, 1:03 pm

    I’m a no for sky lanterns, I feel it is a bit irresponsible to be letting off a floating flame, especially in rural areas. Think of all the thatched houses and straw bales! (Yes I know the whole of England isn’t covered in thatched cottages and fields of straw – but there’s certainly a lot of thatch in Devon!) If you could ensure that they only disperse across a certain area – like fireworks, then I think it’s fine, but you have no control over where they go!

  • Wedding Boutique February 8, 2011, 3:43 pm

    There was actually an intersting discussion on Radio 2 about Chinese Lanterns yesterday. Not surprisingly they are a real hazard if set off close to a flight path – though I guess that goes without saying really. They do look sooooo pretty though (I love your pictures) and I think if they are used responsibly and you follow the instructions provided and your common sense they can be used safely. Though I certainly take on board Holly’s comment about the thathed cottage roofs – good point!

  • Katy February 8, 2011, 5:14 pm

    I am completely in love with them! Did you see Tangled? – Me and my fiance went last week and i felt no shame whatsoever sitting among tons of children… haha

    Daniel got me a chinese lantern to celebrate my graduating and we set it off together one night… it was nothing like in the movies! We couldn’t get it to light for aaages and when it did it nearly set fire to the garden and earned phrases like – Quick it’s coming back! The Rabbits! Go get a bucket of water! Its gone again, quick come look! Nooo its coming back again! Heeeelp! then it was beautiful and calm up in the sky.

    Amusing looking back now and i still do love them but if we did it again it would have to be not windy at all and if we were having them at our wedding we would get assitants to save burning our wedding attire haha.

    Sorry for the essay – did it scare you? 😛


  • Angela Smith February 8, 2011, 8:12 pm

    The photos on your post are absolutely brilliant, so stunning, It is such a shame that they are such a hazard. I have to say that it is a big fat no from me, however beautiful and romantic they are.
    So sorry!

  • admin February 8, 2011, 8:20 pm

    Good point Holly! It’s that responsibility to our beautiful surroundings that makes me waver on OH wishes…and Carly I’m with you on how pretty they are!

    Katy – wow – awesome comment – not in the least bit scared though – not of you! 😛

    We saw Tangled last week and that’s what made me buckle slightly…soooo gorgeous (I ♥ the film!) and with the venue in support of the idea, it makes me feel mean vito-ing my mans one and only ‘pretty’ request!

    I’m still not sure. Might ask my cousin Gerry who’s a local farmer – he’ll prabably get mad and name a cow after me! He did that to my Mum. No really…xx

  • Claire February 8, 2011, 8:25 pm

    Interesting discussion – I’m not sure how I feel about chinese lanterns either.

    I would never use the ones with metal bits in that hurt cows and wildlife, but so long as they were biodegradable I think they’re ok.

    Compared to fireworks I think they’re much better – no big scary bangs for the squirrels and so on. (I’m a big softie / pathetic!)

    But I suppose it depends if there’s a lot of flammable material near your venue, how long they stay lit for, etc etc.

    Very interested to see what else you find out about these 🙂

  • Sarah February 8, 2011, 8:30 pm

    Thanks for your thoughts Angela and Claire! I’ll keep you posted on any developments…it’s so easy to have your head turned by the loveliness, but I’m so conscious that our wedding should be as responsible as possible. More research needed! xx

  • susan street February 9, 2011, 11:46 am

    YES, YES, go for it, they burn out quickly. Watched some on new years eve, they were burnt out before they reached the ground. Do take a while to light, but so pretty, a great idea.

  • Sarah February 9, 2011, 11:55 am

    Eeee! Sue! You’re reading the blog! Aw, thank you….you’re comment has made Adam very happy xx

  • Alix February 17, 2011, 2:25 pm

    I think they are amazing, and a special thing everyone can do together. But I agree with what everyone is saying. Our wedding will be in scotland so i’m not too worried anything will catch alight as everything is so damn damp up here!! touch wood!x

  • Incorp August 19, 2011, 7:43 am

    I absolutely love these beautiful lanterns & you definitely should do it. You don’t want to be saying “I wish we had done that” when thinking over your magical day 1, 5 or 10 years from now. NO regrets!

  • Gavin August 30, 2011, 4:18 pm

    Thought about having these at our wedding, and like you was worried about the enviromental impact, never got round to hunting down eco-friendly ones, so thanks for posting, maybe save them for another time. I suppose you have to think about the conditions at the time of year and your location. If your under a flight path after a drought probably a no :o)

  • Jill Zeidler November 4, 2011, 5:19 am

    SO love the movie, the sky lanterns are so enchanting. You are planning to do this on your wedding? This will truly amazed your guest. But you are right, its good to have something special on our very special day but thinking about the possible harm it can cause to our environment is very important to. Looking forward to see you wedding photos… 🙂

  • Jarrod Moncur April 9, 2013, 9:51 am

    Sky lanterns are a wonderful idea. If you are looking for a romantic and magical evening, you really can’t beat the magic it brings.