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I love the way these strings of lanterns look as reception lighting and decoration. Our reception is going to take place outdoors so I have a feeling this might be a little challenging! I'm hoping that the trees that line either side of the open area that we will use for the dining area will be able to hold the strings of lights easily. Luckily, I have found a GREAT website called Luna Bazaar– they have paper lanterns for super cheap- I found some plain white lanterns they call “No Frills” for as low as $1.25 each! That's the cheapest I've seen so far. Now we've just got to figure out how many we need, and how to light them. Oriental Trading Company has this pack of small lanterns– a dozen 5 inch lanterns for $10! The battery operated lighting for the lanterns seem a little expensive at $4 or $5 a piece- I'm thinking I can definitely find a cheaper way to do that. They've got pre-strung options that have to plug into a wall, I think that would be our only issue- figuring out where to run power from. But either way I think Luna Bazaar was a great find! πŸ™‚ And I think I'll definitely end up ordering SOMETHING from Oriental Trading as well… like these paper parasols! (which are currently out of stock). My wonderful BFF also went to IKEA this weekend and found some great stuff that we could use for lighting and decoration as well- all of these are GREAT places to find inexpensive but nice things to use for your reception! Anyone else have any good finds to share? πŸ™‚

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • I was just at ikea this weekend as well, and I stopped every few steps to look at something that could be used for the wedding! It is such a great place for deals!

  • The Pissed Off Bride

    I love your blog. Like myself, you are not looking to go crazy in price, just in style! I really like paper lanterns and I am interested in how you are going to hang them outside. Please let us know after you figure things out. My ceremony is going to be outside.

  • Mirelis

    Hi! I just found your blog and was reading your comment on lanters. I have found a site that has better prices than Luna …

    I also have a suggestion for hanging the lanterns outdoors. My friend just got married a few months ago and we used fihing line to create a tense, “invisible” pattern and then the lanterns were threaded over the fishing line that proved very useful and offered great support. Hope this helps πŸ™‚

  • Mirelis

    Ok, it is me again :-). I gave the wrong address………

  • Miss Tiramisu from Weddingbee posted about lighting paper lanterns a bit ago over here:

    It seems a bit labor intensive, but if it’s really worth it to you, I’d say go for it!

    There’s a lot of info in the comments, too, so be sure to check those out.

    Good luck! I love the idea of paper lanterns, so I hope it works out for you! πŸ™‚

  • anthonyskinner

    I love the ideas you’ve got going! Looks like it all worked out beautifully

    Did you end up going with Luna Bazaar, or the Oriental Trading Company and how did it work out?

    Thanks for the info, love the site!

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  • Clarissa Donnerberg

  • I am so delighted I found your blog, I really found you by mistake, while I was looking on Yahoo for something else, anyways I am here now and would just like to say thanks for a tremendous post. Please do keep up the great work.

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