Wedding Lanterns

The last post was inspiring with it’s dreamy pictures of well-lit weddings, so I have complied a few easy-to-follow tutorials to make some really great lanterns to light your reception. These are easy to make, and I tried to only attach the ideas that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. The references on these lantern projects are included at the bottom of this post.

This first lamp I have not been able to stop thinking about ever since I saw the idea. I always run across great old bottles in antique stores, and there is this grocery store by my house that sells recycled glass bottles. I can’t wait to try one of these!


I think the post could just end there, because I really don’t know if I have ever seen a cooler idea.  Imagine a few different heights of bottles all next to each other in the center of the table and all around the food table?  I think this alone would make your reception unforgettable!

Tree  lanterns are fun for  an outdoor reception.  These are inexpensive lanterns that you embelish by painting and removing the lantern’s glass to put pictures of you or your wedding theme.  I have an aunt who would not agree, but I think it is sweet to have a lot of couple pictures for the guests to enjoy.  The website for the lantern tutorial is on the bottom of the post.

My last idea to share is the good ‘ol mason jar lantern.  I put it last because it really only will go with a few wedding receptions… like a barn wedding.  But at the right event, these would be magical.  A comment on this website about this tutorial was…”I made these for a wedding this weekend, we put a little moss in the bottom with a tealight and hung them on rusty shepard hooks down the aisle way. It was the perfect touch to the vintage feel of the wedding!”  These could be really fun.

Here is some inexpensive clear lamp oil and wicks…

Have fun!  Hopefully these ideas will inspire lighting at your wedding worthy of a post!