This past weekend I completed a project for a bride who had a vision. She knew exactly what she wanted and we made it happen. Before we met for the first time she sent me a couple of photographs of what she envisioned for her wedding. I was super excited because it included the use of one of my favorite decor items, paper lanterns. Not only did it include the lanterns but it included many, many lanterns.
Finding the vision is easy. Sticking to it is not always so easy. When you find your vision be realistic about whether that vision is attainable or not. Visions like the one we recreated this weekend take time and money. Filling a space of that size with smaller lanterns would not have been an option. Well, I shouldn’t say that because that could actually have been a fantastic look too but we would have had to have at least 400-500 lanterns if we’d used little ones instead. And using fewer lanterns wouldn’t have completed the look either. In fact, as mentioned above, we not only used the 70 the bride ordered, we also used the 10 extra I had brought along just in case. It also took two experienced staff four and a half hours to hang all those lanterns perfectly. It’s not as easy as just climbing a ladder and tying them up there. We had to not only put them all together before we could start but we also had to come up with a plan, revisit the plan several times while we worked and then revisit it again once we were done to ensure it was perfect. Spacing had to be right. The height had to be right. The view from every angle had to be right.