For our oun wedding, I really wanted Chinese lanterns and then I did some research. Wanted to share with you so that you can think for yourself too!
I know you're a life-loving creature, so it's important to bring this very important issue to light. Not many resorts in Dominican Republic allow Chinese lanterns, but we're still seeing some people release them - and if you're planning to make Chinese lanterns a part of YOUR wedding, would you please consider one of these two things:
1. Chinese lanterns are very damaging to the environment. They cause fires, spread debris across the countryside, hurt or even kill wild and farm animals. Even 'eco' lanterns are still hazardous to farm animals, birds and marine life.
"Cattle can eat the wire in the lantern which finds its way into the silage they are fed. The lanterns land in fields, are chopped up into small pieces when grass is gathered and made into silage. If swallowed, the wire can puncture the stomach lining, causing extreme pain and in some cases can be fatal."
Please take a peek at this great short article: http://ethicalweddin...rns-up-in-smoke
2. If despite knowing this, you STILL feel that the 5 minutes of beautiful lights in the sky in your honour are worth it, please at least choose Eco Chinese Sky Lanterns. Links from companies who carry these are listed in the awesome article below - they claim their products are completely wire-free. (But what goes up must come down, ladies! There is farmland near some resorts and these may still cause fires and cause harm to animals).
Find out where you can purchase eco-friendly paper lanterns for your wedding: http://ethicalweddin...myth-or-magical
Are you having Chinese lanterns at your wedding? Or are you deliberately deciding against them on environmental grounds like some of our awesome brides? Please share your comments!