*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
Ok. So, you guys. So I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, but I tend to limit the number of sponsored posts I do on, well, ‘stuff.’ I feel like the whole wedding world is set up to sell you a bunch of wedding-y stuff you don’t need (flip flops that stamp the word Bride into the sand, anyone?) And the last thing you need is more stuff pitched to you on APW. So if you are selling wedding related objects, you have a really high bar to clear with me before you get on APW. So, what I’m getting to is that, I really really love what we’re talking about in today’s sponsored post. I think they are really cool, really beautiful, really eco, really helpful, and really freaking SENSIBLE. I know. Pretty and sensible. What?
They are, drumroll please……
A-freaking-mazing beautiful garden lanterns sold by Allsop Home and Garden for outside weddings. But wait for it…. they are SOLAR garden lanterns (gaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! falls over). So this is the way it works – you’re ready to set up for your wedding. You take your lanterns outside, and you hang them in the trees, off the eves, in climbing rose bushes. You just hang them. You don’t worry about wires, or extension cords, or utility plugs or anything. Then you leave the lanterns all day and they charge in the sun (or, achem, practical point, you can pre-charge them… and if you pre-charge them, you could use them inside). Then, you say your vows, dusk falls…. and your little lanterns start glowing all over the garden. Glowing like little fireflys, pumping out all that sun they soaked up all day. Happy sigh.
And did I mention that your party will look like Bilbo Baggin’s Birthday Party? Because it will.
Ok, so now on to practical details: Allsop Home and Garden sells a bunch of different kinds of these solar garden lanterns. The original nylon one’s start at $19.99, the be-u-tiful shimmery silk ones run $26.99-$28.99, and the magical-durable-super-design-y-ones-that-I-must-have-as-soon-as-I-get-a-garden run $38.99 (and you’ll keep them forever and ever and they’ll remind you of your wedding every night). So, all and all, I vote really good bang for the buck. Oh, and since I am super lazy, the fact that they have no wires to deal with? Ding! Sold. Apparently the lovely solar lanterns are so great, that brides routinely end up giving them out to members of the wedding party afterward, and practical and awesome mementos.
Oh. And they also have these solar string lights. Seriously? How much would these dress up a backyard wedding, or a picnic wedding? Or an indoor wedding with not a lot of plugs? Or your summer barbecue for years after your wedding? Genius. So go check out Allsop Home and Garden (did I mention they are a family run, eco-conscious business? Rad.) I think you will find them right up your alley.Photos for Allsop Home & Garden, first photo by Hillary Mayberry