Paper lanterns are a fun and festive way to add a punch of color to your Washington DC area wedding reception space décor. Not only can these paper pretties fill the awkward, blank overhead area, but they are able to create an elegant or casual or ambiance depending on how you decide to use them! Be it lighted lantern garlands, unique centerpieces, wish lanterns or floating overhead décor, the options to spruce up your reception space are endless. We rounded up some of our favorite paper lantern wedding ideas and inspiration. And if you’re looking to DIY paper lanterns, check out this pop-up lantern tutorial or dress them up with this DIY paper lantern.

White and Yellow Wedding Tent Lanterns

Photo Credit: k. thompson photography from Ilana + Dan’s wedding

Purple Wedding Centerpieces Purple Orchid Centerpieces

Photo Credit: Rachael Foster Photography from Olivia + Patrick’s wedding


Photo Credits: Amber Wilkie Photography from Aimee + Richard’s Maryland wedding


Photo Credit: Gabriel Ryan Photographers via Inspired By This

 Paper Lantern Wedding Aisle Decor Red and Tiffany Blue Wedding Paper Lanterns

Photo Credit: Ethan Yang Photography from Esther + Julian’s Maryland wedding

Meridian House Wedding Paper Lanterns The Observatory Photography

Photo Credit: Barbara Salisbury for The Observatory from Claire + Adill’s DC wedding


Photo Credit: Brooke Beasley Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Photo Credit: (left), Sandy Tam via Ruffled (left), Oakstream Photography via Wedding Chicks (right)


Photo Credits: Steven Michael Photography from Sarah + Lionel’s Annapolis wedding

Lantern Wedding Farewell

Photo Credit: Aaron Watson Photography from Jillian + Chad’s wedding

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Photo Credit: Erin Hearts Court via Ghosty Dreams (left) Elisabeth Millay Photography via Rock n Roll Bride (right)


Photo Credit: Jessica Fike Photography from Jackie + Kendall’s all white wedding


Photo Credit: Allison Davis Photography via Style Me Pretty

If you are looking for more local DC area wedding ideas, be sure to browse our galleries and don’t forget to look through our amazing DC area wedding vendor guide.

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