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Bright Idea: Lantern Floral Arrangements

Kailee Palileo 17 May 2023
red roses hanging from ceiling with light bulbs

Today I'm highlighting a chic wedding trend that has been all over our favorite blogs and Pinterest boards for a few months now–floral arrangements featuring lanterns! Whether you choose affix your flowers to the top, stick a block of floral foam at the center, or just use a lantern to fill the middle of a circular arrangement, there's really no wrong way to achieve this look. Check out 10 of our favorite examples below!

Though the well-known phrase claims that "less is more," we would argue that sometimes more is more and this cluster of hanging lanterns is a testament to that! The mix of colors, textures, and varying types of greenery could easily have tipped into being over-the-top territory–especially with a cluster of three of them–but somehow it just plain works! The simple, rustic rope and clean lines of the black mental lanterns help in keeping the rest of the look streamlined.

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Another way to tie a rustic element into your lantern flower arrangements is by incorporating an unfinished wood box (or a slice of wood is also popular!). This couple kept the overall color palette fairly simple with a mix of greeneries, ivory flowers, and a matching ivory candle, then brought in some pops of color with a few stems of Hot Pink Stock.

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This look keeps it ultra-simple and doable with a cascade of fresh, monochromatic rose petals (sort of like our Pinksicle Petal blend!) dotting their aisle.

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We absolutely love how this look contrasts soft, romantic blush and sage green with modern geometric hanging lanterns. Using different sizes and shapes, hung at varying heights, and with a few succulents tucked into the top, this lantern display makes an absolutely stunning backdrop for this couple's ceremony!

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This lovely, lush centerpiece actually comes from our 2015 Win Your Wedding Flowers grand prize winner! Click the source link below to see her DIY process, which flowers she chose, and lots more photos of this beautiful wedding.

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Lanterns hung on shepherds' hooks are a gorgeous way to line your aisle. This couple also included a mix of petals below the lanterns, and brought some sparkle to the equation by using silver glitter candles inside their lanterns!

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This arrangement really stood out to me for its use of a ton of tiny blooms! Pale pink and off-white Spray Roses with Baby's Breath set against the ultra-versatile Seeded Eucalyptus and a few pops of Leatherleaf combine effortlessly. Plus, the gold lantern makes an ideal accent color for this look!

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Proof that lantern arrangements work for every season! Look how cozy that little lantern is, nestled into a bed of Cedar greens and some pinecones. Pops of red by way of some cranberry-colored roses really bring this wintry look together.

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What better to pair with hanging lanterns than Hanging Amaranthus?! Keeping the color palette to a subdued two hues allows you to have a lot of fun with texture. These delicate copper lanterns are chock-full of White Stock, Hypericum Berries, Queen Anne's Lace, and the modern wedding staple, Seeded Eucalyptus. Bring the lush look together by draping a fresh green Garland above the lanterns!

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We're always suckers for arrangements that incorporate succulents, and this arrangement is certainly no exception! With a lantern like this, that has a much more ornate design to it, it's often a better idea to keep the color palette monochromatic to balance things out a bit. Fortunately there are some purpley-hued Succulents out there that allow you do so!

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Need help planning the wedding flowers of your dreams? Let us help! Call us at 1-877-507-6737 or use our LiveChat feature on  To set up a free flower consultation, click here to schedule an appointment!

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Featured photo: Styling Coordinator & Design: @wildblissandco, Lead Photographer: @barefootandwindswept, Floral Design: @historiaflorals, Florals: @fiftyflowers, Venue: @acreeksideaffair, Wedding Gown: @bridalbymarie, Suit: @boisetuxedoshop, Hair + MUA: @staturesalon @hairbyshelbysmart, Lighting: @silverbellslighting, Furniture Rentals: @rustiquerentalsandeventdesign, Jewelry: @diamondgirls_jewelry, Models: @lauranaillon @aaronnaillon


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