Balloons have many metaphorical meanings. Balloons can be used to describe both holding on and letting go. This concept fits beautifully into a wedding – parents are letting go of their children and the happy couple is forever holding on to each other. Romantic, right? The problem is that balloons can end up looking corny and, dare I say, cheap. The little 10 cent balloons at the party store aren’t going to cut it! And a regular ol’ balloon arch usually looks like it’s straight out of the 80s. But there is hope for balloon-loving brides. Generally, I recommend oversized opaque balloons in one or two colors TOPS, and get the roundest ones you can find! A big round balloon looks very vintage and romantic. The thin pear-shaped ones at the dollar store just do not look elegant.
Here are some cute successes of styling a wedding with balloons:
This is what I’m talking about! A big, vintage balloon with thick, luscious ribbon looks stunning and fun – perfect for photos! Decorate the strings for even more pizazz!
This ceremony looks like its about to float away to minimalist heaven. The tall floating balloons give the venue some structure. They look almost like columns! This concept is so simple yet grand.
This reception entrance looks like champagne fizz! Invite your guests into the party by leading them through a room full of balloons. The opalescent color is so pretty and classic. Just make sure the ladies watch where they’re stepping in their heels!
No one will have a problem finding their tables with some giant balloon numbers!
The trick with decorating the reception area is to keep the balloon colors simple and elegant. Add your brighter colors with the other accent items like flowers, centerpieces, etc. Don’t shy away from decorating the strings either! A little glue and paper shapes or some knotted fabric raise the balloons to new levels (pun intended).
The best part about balloons: they aren’t expensive. Many Etsy shops sell the big vintage-inspired balloons for $1 - $35 each, and you can even buy them stuffed with confetti or with tasseled strings. Even better: St. Louis is home to balloon artist Sammy J Balloons. They can design balloon arrangements and set up for your event – save your lungs and get them pumped up professionally.
Balloons at an event as exquisite as a wedding can be tricky. Just remember to stay away from the dollar store and choose muted colors in HUGE sizes. Ask your wedding planner how to incorporate balloons tastefully into your theme without the risk of it looking like a circus.
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