A lot of couples frequently look for various entertainment during the wedding day to add splash of excitement to their event. A trendy choice is a ‘release’ of some description whether it is butterflies, doves, or fireworks and these are all popular choices.
Now there is another option to include on the list - Wedding Sky Lanterns. If you've never heard of these, here is a brief explanation:
Sky lanterns are airborne paper lanterns traditionally found in some Asian cultures. They are constructed from oiled rice paper on a bamboo frame, and contain a small candle or fuel cell composed of a waxy flammable material. When lit, the flame heats the air inside the lantern, thus lowering its density causing the lantern to rise into the air. The sky lantern is only airborne for as long as the flame stays alight, after which the lantern floats back to the ground. They are considered very eco-friendly and they create a very dramatic image for all of the wedding guests to see.
The Lanterns can be used during the day or night and although coloured lanterns can be used for a daytime display they still do not match the dramatic effect of a evening release. Another great options couples are using is to have their guests write their own good luck messages on the lanterns before releasing them.
Prices for a Sky Lantern release fluctuate according to the number of lanterns, size of lantern, whether you are releasing them yourself or getting a professional display for your wedding. You can expect to spend $500-$1500 on this concept, depending on the number of lanterns used.
P.S. - Hollywood newlyweds Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo released sky lanterns at their wedding reception. Well worth it!