A wedding photography trend now spreading in Italy: Chinese Lanterns
When we saw them in action, we fell in love right away. They belong to that group of simple ideas that, if used to their best, create moments of pure magic. We’re talking about Chinese lanterns!
Usually, they are scheduled after the wedding dinner when the sunset already left room to the dark of the night.
They can be easily used by everyone without any particular dangers. The effect is guaranteed, the relatives and the guest’s gazes glow surprised and amazed, just like kids when they see fireworks for the first time.
They are easy to find, easy to assemble and their main material is paper.
Chinese people consider fleeting lanterns as the real first flying device built by humans. They were invented in the third century BC. and at the beginning visually and structurally very elaborate. In fact, they were mainly used in religious ceremonies. The story goes that the inventor was a Chinese military strategist, Zhuge Liang and that the first “lantern of the sky” had been called Kongming.
Today the sky lanterns can be made in different shapes and some with decorations, but in most cases, they are plain white or yellow, of about one meter in size.
There are two types of lanterns you can choose for your wedding: those with zero polluting impact on the environment and those that do not respect it. You can recognize those which are gentle to the planet earth because they are made of rice and bamboo paper and are usually already mounted. All you really have to do to put them in action is just pull them out of the box, open them, put the flame on the burner, wait for the air inside the lantern to become warm and release them to the sky as soon as you notice some stabilization.
During the wedding day, when using Chinese lanterns, usually the couple can find a moment of intimacy, they can think about their own future and sweetly expressing a wish. One more tip we can give is to carefully choose the area where to launch lanterns, perhaps a garden or a place that does not have air obstructions such as buildings or trees. Another cute and fun idea can be writing a message for the bride and groom on a light ticket, tie it to the lantern and let it fly with it as good luck!
In case the reception venue does not allow for any reason to release the Chinese lanterns, there are valid alternatives which do not involve fire and are equally spectacular. Izabel and Fabio, for example, opted for led balloons in a stunning warm light.
Here you can see their beautiful wedding.