Paper Lantern Hire for Weddings & Events
Paper lanterns are a wonderful way to personalise your wedding venue, bringing in light, colour and style. Used in conjunction with pom poms and honeycomb balls they can be used lit or unlit for relaxed country or vintage chic.
Lanterns can be used to accentuate ceilings, define dancefloors or bring colour in clusters and work in monochrome or a mixture of shades.
Our lanterns come in a huge variety of colours and are available for both indoor and outdoor use. We also have some very special lace lanterns, pom poms, honeycomb balls, paper umbrellas and some spectacular lighting options.
We supply lantern displays for weddings and events including all equipment hire, installation and removal.
Lanterns are as versatile as they are useful, providing flattering, diffused lighting while introducing creative opportunities through the use of colour, texture and variation.
Which design to choose will depend on the style of the event, the venue's existing features, and the available fixing points. Some of the most popular designs are described below.
Canopies can be installed in several different ways to create a structured, modern feel or a more informal look.
Lantern clusters are a good option for defining an area of a venue, for example over a dance floor.
This design works particularly well with fairy light canopies that gather up to one or more high points, for example a star canopy where the lanterns can be fitted into the higher central area of the canopy.
Another option would be to add lanterns distributed around a fairy light canopy such as a crossed-strands design. For more details on fairy light designs, see our fairy lights page.
Lanterns can be distributed around a festoon canopy by adding them to selected bulbs. The light from the bulb also lights the lantern from the inside giving each one a gentle glow.
As long as the ceiling height allows, most overhead festoon canopy designs can have lanterns added, with crossed strands being one of the most popular choices as it offers a good balance of installation efficiency, impact and an even distribution of lights and lanterns. For more details on festoon light designs, see our festoon lights page.
There are several options for using lanterns in marquees, and which is most approriate will depend on factors such as the style of marquee, the type of lining (if any), and the available fixing points.
In particular the fixing points can often be quite limited and the lining can sometimes hang fairly low towards the eaves of the marquee so it's important to take these factors into account when choosing the lantern positions.
Some of the most popular marquee lantern designs are:
- Distributed canopy - lanterns are hung around the ceiling space. Great for impact.
- Central line - a line of lanterns along the apex of the marquee ceiling. A good design for a marquee with a low ceiling.
- With fairy lights - lanterns are attached to strands of fairy lights lining the ceiling. Pretty in the day and sparkly at night.
- With festoon lights - lanterns are attached to selected bulbs on festoon lights.
Lantern Lighting Options
Unlit lanterns are pretty on their own, and if they're attached to fairy or festoon lights then there's often no need to light them individually.
However with a lantern-only design, lighting each one from the inside really makes them stand out, colours pop, and turns a canopy of lanterns into a real statement piece.
For the best flexibility we can install lanterns with dimmable mains-powered bulbs, or where running power isn't an option we have bright battery-powered lights which will last all day.
For the ultimate day-to-night transformation, take a look at our disco lanterns, which are lit as normal in the day but have the added feature of synchronised colour changing after dark.
For added texture we can also add pom poms or paper honeycomb balls to lantern designs, both of which are available in a vast range of colours.
As an alternative, we also have paper umbrellas which can be used in place of lanterns in some designs to form an amazing display.
We always respect the places we work and use temporary, non-damaging fixings to hang our lantern displays. We take care to consider power requirements and aethestics, minimising visible cabling.
We hold PLI, PAT, electrical safety and working at height certification but more importantly we have a rigorous attitude to safety. All of our ladders, scaffold towers and specialist equipment are well maintained and the breadth of our experience means that we are preferred suppliers in the most prestigious venues who value safe, reliable and efficient installations. We are experienced in providing large on-the-day installations under time pressure and packing down with the minimum of fuss.
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Just a brief note to say thank you for the great job you did for us at my daughter's wedding. Everything was perfect and carried out with no fuss.
I was especially impressed with the lighting you put up outside.