Weddings

Ideas for Using Balloons at a Wedding

Not just for kids anymore, balloon wedding decor saves money

By Julie Hampton

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You may associate balloons with children's parties and think them inappropriate for sophisticated adult events. However, modern balloon design has come along way since your childhood. Balloons are made in a variety of colors and finishes, including pearlized and metallic. Balloons are also an inexpensive way to decorate a wedding reception when the budget is tight.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Gather all of your balloon supplies in advance and put someone in charge of bringing them to the wedding or reception location. As some balloons will invariably pop during inflation. Have plenty of extras on hand.
Decorating Your Wedding with Balloons

Step 1:

Purchase a pre-constructed metal or plastic archway at a home and garden center. Place the archway at the reception door so guests will walk under it to enter the reception hall. Purchase the balloons in multiple colors, or all the same color. Plan on using six balloons per square foot of arch space. Inflate balloons using an air pump, not helium. Tie balloons to arch using string or metal twists, beginning from the top center and moving down.

Step 2:

Create centerpieces for reception tables if on a budget. Plan on three balloons for each table. Fill white lunch bags with one to two cups of sand. Inflate balloons with helium. Tie different lengths of ribbon to each balloon and add curling ribbon for visual interest. Ensure each balloon floats at a different height. Attach balloons to a balloon anchor, and then place the anchor inside the lunch bag.

Step 3:

Float balloons high above the wedding reception party in clusters. Use iridescent or pearlized balloons that shimmer. Each cluster should contain about 15 balloons. Fill balloons with helium and tie together using string. The balloons will form a natural circle or cluster when tied together. Attach long streamers of ivory to the balloons. Use five to 10 streamers per cluster of balloons.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • If you plan on releasing balloons, check with the venue and your local government. There may be regulations that prohibit the release of balloons.

About the Author

Julie Hampton is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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