The Drama of Japanese Lanterns

Last October, we designed/planned an amazing wedding weekend up in Vermont.  Like most big events, there were myriad of puzzle piece that factored into the how, when and where of the celebration, and in this case, we were working around Shabbat: which offered us a night time start and a late end… so we were in search of a venue outside the long arm of the local law, where noise ordinances did not apply.  We wanted to make use of the amazing barn, but since it wasn’t large enough to house the bulk of the event, we tented for cocktails and dinner.  My favorite part of the night though, was the transition from the dinner back to the barn for dancing…. where we had our staff lined up with Japanese lanterns ready to assist the guests in a mass release.  It was a romantic, fun, gorgeous moment that really engaged the guests AND was the perfect transition from the emotional toasts heard during dinner and the more wild vibe in the barn (where, btw, we hung a discoball)  Japanese Lantern releases are definitely becoming a wedding trend on the rise (get it… they float), but a word to the wise:  this is an activity that needs SOBER adult supervision if you get my drift… (ha! Drift! Get it… they drift…)

Below, some images from this awesome party shot by Josie Miner with a special focus on the dreamy lanterns.  For more pics and detail shots of this wedding, please visit us here.

VT Barn at night, pre ceremony
Ceremony seating in the round.
Guest in the round
Guests moved on to the cocktail/dinner tents.
Dinner Tent
And then, the pretty awesome lantern release….
Japanese Lantern ReleaseJapanese Lantern Release
Japanese Lantern Lighting
A dreamy shot of the lantern release
After the lantern interlude, guests headed back to the barn for a wild night that went into the morning!
barn at night.
Disco Ball, the new hotness.


  1. Denae Brennan
    January 18, 2013

    Beautiful photos! Any tips for coordinating the lantern release? I have some clients who want to do this at their farm wedding this fall. I’ve never done it and your warning about supervision is making me nervous! :)

    • The Blogsmaid
      January 18, 2013

      Hi Denae:
      the number one thing is the timing and the number 2 is to have a lot extra, b/c they take a really long time to get inflated, so you should have the staff get them ready in advance and the EXTRAS are in case (as at this wedding) it takes longer to get them outside than you thought… we released a lot of lanterns that no one saw. Final tip- make sure you know which way the wind is blowing, because we almost set a tree AND the tent on fire. :-) Good Luck!


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