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#1 vinxy

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    Posted 26 February 2008 - 03:07 AM

    Hello everyone,

    I am trying to figure how to string up paper lanterns for an outdoor reception at the Hilton. Has anyone used paper lanterns outdoors and have any ideas? The Hilton quoted me $1500 to rent the lanterns and have them arrange the setup, but this sounds high to me.

    Thanks for the help!

    -Vinni

    #2 starchild

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      Posted 26 February 2008 - 04:21 AM

      IMO that is ridiculously expensive. We used paper lanterns and brought our own. They come flat and you pop them up (well the ones we got did) so they didn't take up much room in the luggage. Perhaps you can look into it and see what they would charge you to just set them up, although they may not allow you to do that since they stand to gain $1500 by renting you the lanterns they already have. But wow, you could buy 100 lanterns and pay someone to hang them and take them down for a fraction of that price!

      #3 miagirl

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        Posted 27 February 2008 - 06:01 AM

        Hi Vinni, $1500 is insane. Granted, you'd definitely get a nice set up with the canopy and all (I HOPE!)...but I am paying a 10th of that to have 30 lanterns hung for me. Unfortunately, I have no clue where they'll be set up yet...but I will send you pics as soon as I get back from my wedding/honeymoon in a few weeks. When's your wedding?

        #4 Sandra E.

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          Posted 27 February 2008 - 10:32 AM

          Vinni, Like everyone else I agree - that's an insane amount to string lights. They are so easy to work with, you'll see when you buy them.

          #5 amy706

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            Posted 27 February 2008 - 12:03 PM

            On this subject but a little tangent- for those of you who did this... how many paper lanterns did you buy and bring with you? I'm defnitely going to do this but am not sure how many to use. Guess it depends on how big the space is but let me know your thoughts!!! THANKS!
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            #6 vinxy

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              Posted 27 February 2008 - 06:32 PM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by miagirl
              Hi Vinni, $1500 is insane. Granted, you'd definitely get a nice set up with the canopy and all (I HOPE!)...but I am paying a 10th of that to have 30 lanterns hung for me. Unfortunately, I have no clue where they'll be set up yet...but I will send you pics as soon as I get back from my wedding/honeymoon in a few weeks. When's your wedding?
              Thanks I would love to see the pictures! Our wedding is July 13. Mostly, I am not sure how to set up the lanterns since the receptions is outside. There are a few trees to string them up on, but they are not very close together. I was mostly wondering where I could find pillars to hang the lights between.

              #7 tlomlad

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                Posted 08 March 2008 - 08:07 PM

                i am looking into the same thing and i think that is crazy you can get them for anywhere between 150 and 5 bucks for large ones then you have two options getting the stings with light bulbs that need to be plugged in or you can get each one there own battery operated light bulb/hanging device. i am leaning towards the battery op hanging device i have found them for as little as 1.50 or for good ones that last 12 hours like 3 or 4 bucks. my space is small so i only plan on having like maybe 20 so lets say $40 for the lanterns and $60 for the battery things=$100 plus whatever they would charge me to hang them which i cant see it being that much hope this helps!!!!

                #8 Loni

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                  Posted 11 March 2008 - 09:51 PM

                  Where's the best place to buy these lanterns?

                  #9 Karniki

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                    Posted 14 March 2008 - 03:43 PM

                    Hi Ladies...

                    I think the Hilton must have quoted these lanterns incorrectly (maybe in pesos?) Anyhow, my name is Karen and I work at a wedding coordinating company here in Los Cabos called Maye Cortinas and we rent the lanterns for $60 to set-up, plus $5 per lantern. There may also be a charge for the poles (if there are not enough palm trees). If anyone is interested, contact us at maye@mayecortinas.com or weddings@mayecortinas.com. Good luck!

                    #10 Can'tHardlyWait

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                      Posted 14 March 2008 - 04:01 PM

                      I am in RM, but I got quoted around $2,000 for 80-100 lanterns at my resort... definitely insane, but definately not a mistake!




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