Post # 1
Hi Ladies !
So I had in mind, as my new husband and I exit our church, everyone letting go of a ton of balloons instead of bubbles and petals (which our church wont let anything, NOTHING on the church grounds 🙁 petals, rice… nothing)
Have you done it? How does it work, do they come with the balloons filled and hand them out? do I have to find someone to hand them out?
Post # 3
I hate to be a debbie downer on this, but balloon release is extremely dangerous for wildlife. They often end up in bodies of water- even if you aren’t near one- and animals think they are jellyfish and eat them. I know it could look pretty, but it makes dolphins cry.
What about something that people hold and don’t let go, like sparklers, streamers on a stick, noisemakers, etc?
Post # 4
I haven’t done it but I love the idea! I was doing some research a few weeks ago because I want to do something like this for our first look but I wasn’t comfortable with littering. I found out that latex balloons are biodegratable so I don’t have to worry about that!
I think you need to get the balloons filled (you’ll need someone to do this the day before, latex balloons tend to shrink down after a day or so), you might have your bridal party and ushers hand them out to people.
Post # 5
this is really bad for the enviorment so I woudln’t do it.
What about a ribbon wave?
Post # 6
Please don’t do this. It’s horrible for the environment. I like the idea of having everyone hold something up.
Post # 7
I love the idea in theory, but as others have said, the balloons can be harmful in the environment even if they biodegrade (which would be a slow process), plus in the process it is still harmful to wildlife.
What about bubbles, ribbon wands, sparklers, noisemakers, or bells?
Post # 8
Here are some different ideas from the internet:
hankerchiefs in wedding colors
little signs that say “yay!” and stuff
and ribbon wands like pp said
Post # 9
Latex balloons are biodegradable and I believe they decompose in ~6 months. Myler balloons are not.
But, as someone who worked at a willife rehabilitation center for many years, I’ll tell you – it’s not worth it. I’ve seen first hand what sort of devestration it can have on wildlife – water fowl and birds in general especially. When birds are building nests they will forage around for building materials. They will pick up a lot of different things that aren’t suitable – balloon shards, fishing line, cigarrette butts – all of these things carry potential dangers for their offspring.
So, no, I would opt for something else.
Post # 10
This is TERRIBLE for the environment. Even if you do biodegradable balloons they still take YEARS to break down and in the meantime some poor animal could ingest the balloon and get VERY sick. Plus just because something will break down, doesn’t mean it won’t break down into nasty chemicals. There’s so many other fun and unique things you can do that are far less bad for the environment.
Post # 11
Sorry but I have to agree with PP… realeasing balloons is terrible for the environment. I agree with something guests can hold (ribbon wands, sparklers, etc.)
Post # 12
Why do people think this is ok??? What goes up must come down. Would you just litter a bunch of used balloons on the ground? I hope not!
Post # 13
@viewfrmhere: Your response was much more constructive and funny than mine. I just get so frustrated with things like this and I haven’t had my coffee yet.
Post # 14
Dont forget the string you use for the balloons that will do some serious damage to animals!
Post # 15
Please also think about if anyone has allergies. If this were going on at a wedding I was at, I would stop breathing and probably be hospitalized (or dead) as I have a sever latex allergy that effects my breathing.
Post # 16
@PoppyH: That’s a point I hadn’t thought of. My stepmother has a severe latex allergy, also.