Sure, flowers are the natural go-to when we think of wedding decor, but these days brides are thinking outside of the box and are coming up with alternative ideas for decorating everything from the aisle to the centerpieces. One of my faves? Lanterns! Lanterns combine the pretty rustic charm that we’re seeing in so many weddings with uber romantic candlelight, making it a match made in wedding decor heaven! Decor filled with sand and candles are a beautiful way to line your beachside aisle, or place lanterns in the center of your tables surrounded by floral arrangements to make your centerpieces that much more interesting and original. A lovely way to use lanterns is to hang them from up above, creating a whimsical and magical feeling while also adding light to the room! Of course, lanterns don’t have to be lit up – they can be used simply to add something different and pretty to your daytime wedding. And don’t forget about one of the hottest new send offs we’re seeing in weddings these days – lighting up beautiful billowy lanterns and having a release-literarily! Quite the exquisite photo op against a dark night sky. Take a look at just a few of the beautiful ways to use lanterns, and they may just bring to light some ideas of your own!