Post # 1
I’m trying to find a good alternative to the traditional unity candle or sand ceremony. I am trying to stay away from things that are too “trendy”. While searching for ideaa I found a giant balloons. I’m just a little confusedas to how it would work. Where are the balloons prior to the release? Do the parents walk up the aisle with them and put them on a table or pillar until its time to release them? Or does someone bring them up right when its time? I guess I’m a little dumb to this. Thanks!
Post # 3
@BrandiH: What about something like this….
Whatever you do, I would just have it off to the side, ready to go before the ceremony. Then it will be in place and out of the way.
Post # 4
I don’t want to be a debbie downer or a nature nut, but also something to think about is that balloon releases pose a significant risk to the environment and wildlife. Just another viewpoint and something to think about, certainly not trying to start any arguments. On another note, I’ve seen some groupon offers on those Chinese Lanterns lately. What are some things that are important to you and your FI. We did a Unity Cross at our ceremony, and now, in a less prominent religious tone, they have a unity heart that they will be making, if not already on the market.
Post # 5
@nl: They sell “eco-friendly” chinese lanterns now too. They are biodegradeable.
Post # 6
Well I think you need to think about what purpose you are trying to use the balloons for. To me a ballons release would be more akin to a dove or butterfly release. More a gesture of happiness & hope. A unity candle/sand ceremony is generally symbolizing combining your lives together. So I don’t think the balloon release really replaces the unity ceremony.
Post # 7
I do love the lanterns, but I think they are illegal where I am (New Orleans). Although I did see some floating on New Years, this past year. But I can look into that, to see if that’s possible too. I don’t know how I forgot about that idea.
I’ve never seen a unity cross or heart before – I like that it would be different.
I never thought about a balloon release as not being a “unity” thing, and of it being more like a butterfly release – but I guess that is a good point. I just know the sand is so popular now, which could actually make a candle original again.
Post # 8
I agree–balloon releases are bad for the environment (some states/cities have laws against them). From what I can tell, lantern releases are NOT illegal in New Orleans (especially since there’s a NO Groupon for them right now).
Post # 9
Ummm no this idea is not good as it is not enviromentally friendly
Post # 10
Thank you so much!! Thank you for your advice and the Groupon link. Who doesn’t love to save money? I think I’ll go ahead and get that deal and do that instead of the balloon release. 🙂 THANK YOU!!