Wish Lanterns or Sky Lanterns add a unique touch to Weddings

When talking with future bride & grooms, I routinely hear the comment; “we are looking for something unique for our wedding” or “we want guests to remember our wedding for years to come”. Well today I came across something that has not been done in the 1200+ weddings that I have provided entertainment for. It’s called a Wedding Wish Lantern and I love the idea. In fact, I like the idea so much, that I immediately phoned a couple of the brides that have me booked to tell them about it.

A guest releases a Wedding Wish Lantern at a Wedding Reception

A guest releases a Wedding Wish Lantern at a Wedding Reception

Also known as floating lanterns, glow lanterns, sky lanterns, sky candles or khoom fay – Wish Lanterns are flying paper lanterns, a bit like a miniature hot air balloon, that are traditionally released at celebrations in Thailand. They symbolize the release of your worries and problems, or the case of your wedding, the release of a lantern will symbolize the hopes, dreams and wishes for your new life together as a couple. Wedding Wish Lanterns create an amazing visual effect that adds enjoyment and wonder to any special occasion. To get a better idea of the dramatic effect that Wish Lanterns can have at your wedding, be sure to check out the video at the bottom of this page that shows a mass release of Wish Lanterns at a celebration in Taiwan.

Wedding Wish Lanterns are fully biodegradable, non-flammable and safe and easy to use. The fuel cells come already attached to the Wedding Wish Lantern, so all you have to do is light the fuel cell and gaze as the Wedding Wish Lantern floats up to the skies. The Lanterns will be in the air for about 12 minutes and go up over a mile in the air. The Wish Lantern stand 42.5 inches tall and 26 inches wide at its widest point. After flight, the Wish Lantern will self-extinguish and float gently to the ground. Wedding Wish Lanterns can be purchased in packs of 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100.

There are many different ways that you could incorporate the Wish Lantern into your wedding, here are just a few:

  • The bride and groom would ceremoniously release one wedding lantern at the start or end of the wedding reception to symbolize the joining of two souls into one for eternity.
  • Get all of your wedding guests involved by giving them each a wedding wish lantern to launch themselves. For a large scale display effect, designate a specific time during the reception for guests to light their lanterns. Alternatively, if you are going for a more laid back approach, with sustained effect, you could allow your guests launch their wedding lanterns throughout the reception, as they choose.
  • Purchase one of Wedding Wish Lantern’s customized wedding lantern packages which comes with Wish Pens and Wish Cards. The idea is that you give each of your guests a wish pen, wedding lantern and a wish card at the start of your wedding reception. Then your guest will think of a wish for the bride and groom for their future married life together, and write this wish both on the wedding lantern, which will be sent up to the heavens, and then on the wish card. These cards have a customized header and footer design with the bride and groom’s names on them and look beautiful. Collect all the wish cards at the end of the wedding reception and you can keep them as a memento of your wedding day and all the wishes your loved ones sent you at the start of your marriage!

Regardless of how you choose to incorporate the Wish Lanterns into your wedding reception, one thing is for sure, this is something that is stunning and unique, that your guests will remember for years to come.

You can find out more information about Wedding Wish Lanterns by contacting them below:


(800) 234-0781

2201 West Royal Lane
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Irving, Tx 75063

Bride & Groom Release a Wish Lantern at a Wedding Reception

Bride & Groom Release a Wish Lantern at a Wedding Reception

Guests release Wedding Wish Lanterns at a Wedding Reception

Guests release Wedding Wish Lanterns at a Wedding Reception

Mass release of Wish Lanterns

Mass release of Wish Lanterns

Here is a video of a mass Wish Lantern release at a celebration in Thailand

Wedding Wish Lanterns - Sky Lanterns


  1. Surprised you haven’t seen them before; I did a few weddings with them last year and will have a few couple’s this year opting to use them. They are really beautiful in the night sky but not all venues allow them…so bride’s just double check with your venues before you order them – in some locations they are considered fireworks.

    • Rev. Hooten,

      Thank you for the comment. I also questioned the legality of the Wish Lanterns in the US. I spoke to the owner of WishLantern.com earlier today and he was not aware on any regulations banning the use of the Lanterns in any of the States. However, as you mentioned, different venues may have thier own policy and not allow brides & grooms to use them.

      I hope that I get the opportunity to see them in action at one of my upcoming weddings. If so, I will be sure to post some pictures.

      Thank you,
      Robert Pfeifer

  2. We let these lanterns off in the DFW area on July 4th People saw them as far as 25 miles away It even made the local paper the sheriff and local police were called. Finally a neighbor called to let everyone know it was just sky lanterns and not UFO’s

    • Bonnie,

      Thank you for the comment. If you have a photo from your lantern release, email it to me and I will post it for others to see.

      Robert Pfeifer
      Pifemaster Productions

  3. I just went to my first wedding where these were a finale, and it was splendid. We were in an open field where sky access was liberal; it would not work so well in an area with many trees. However, after I posted some pictures on Facebook, a British cousin wrote that they have caused fires in the UK when an errant lantern descended while still burning. Has this been much of a problem to your knowledge?
    Also I am wondering how you suggest getting so many lit for the splendid simultaneous sendoff in your video.

    • Peggy,

      I have not personally experienced the lanterns causing any fires. However, I could see that the potential for starting a fire would exist. I would highly suggest checking with your local authorities before planning to incorporate a lantern release into your event. Some areas have restrictions on their use.

      Coordinating the a unified lighting is probably the most difficult aspect of a good lantern release. Normally as the emcee at the event, I give guests instructions over the microphone while still indoors and then when everyone heads out to perform the release, I just have to give them a final countdown.

      Robert Pfeifer
      Pifemaster Productions