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Using lanterns within your wedding centerpieces adds charm and, if you use candles or bulbs inside them, soft, romantic light. They’re also great for tying together different areas throughout your venue. In addition to table décor, lanterns are beautiful hanging from the ceiling of your reception venue, lining the aisle of your ceremony and arranged along short staircases.

This timeless, versatile trend is at home in weddings ranging from rustic to alternative. Whimsical, modern, bohemian and preppy couples can all welcome lantern wedding centerpieces into their décor.

To add lanterns to your big day, start with one of these ideas as the base of your centerpiece. Pair your lanterns with just a table number for a minimalist look. Or, surround lanterns with greenery, votives, wood elements and seasonal accents for a dramatic centerpiece.

Light It Up

Today, lanterns are highly decorative, but they were originally used by ancient civilizations in Greece, Egypt and China for portable light. They can also add a soft glow to your table décor when filled with a cluster of candles or bulbs.

Something Old

Every wedding needs something old. Choose vintage lanterns as your big day’s antique element. You could also add a pop of color to your centerpieces with “something blue” lanterns.

Lush Florals

Substitute lanterns for vases and have your florist create bouquets that can be draped in and around the lanterns. Roses, succulents, small sunflowers, grasses, vines and herbs are all popular choices.

Stand Tall

Tall lanterns surrounded by lower candles, plants and décor add height and volume to wedding centerpieces. You could also group a tall lantern with a few smaller lanterns in a similar color or style.

Add Sparkle

A muted metallic such as copper, brushed nickel or rose gold will catch the light without being overwhelming. This tiny bit of sparkle within your lantern wedding centerpieces will be at home in even the most casual weddings.

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