A Word of Caution: Wish Lanterns

A beautiful glow of lanterns in the night sky brought to you by the wishes of family and friends. It’s a great concept and an awe-inspiring view, but just how safe are wish lanterns?  Turns out, not very.

The nighttime wedding send-off made popular by the Disney movie Tangled has made the wedding inspiration lists of many brides-to-be.  However, as some are learning, the fairy tale concept may have to stay in the animated world.

The city of Madison (and many other states and municipalities) has banned the use of sky lanterns, stating that the users “would not be able to ensure that the lanterns were not near combustibles or that the use of the sky lantern would not result in an unwanted fire”. These lanterns have actually been the cause of a number of serious fires.  However, they can be used in wide open spaces not under a burn ban.

So before you get your heart set on this trendy idea, check the state and local rules regarding their use for your wedding location!

Photo Credit:

http://renegadechicks.com/

City of Madison Fire Department Notice: http://www.cityofmadison.com/fire/documents/OutdoorandOpenBurningGuide.pdf

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