Post # 1
Has anyone had or been to a balloon ceremony for the deceased at a wedding? My friend was telling me about a wedding she was at that did that instead of the candles or flowers. But it was so long ago she can’t remember much except they took a moment to remember them and let balloons go. Kinda like mail to heaven. I want to do one if I can figure out a good way to incorporate it into our ceremony. We are having an outdoor wedding and so we are hoping to do that instead of having to bring in another table for the candles or whatever we would choose. Also there is a lot of deceased family that would need to have a candle or something. Shoot me up with ideas. I have 6 months to figure somthing out.
Post # 3
You could just have the balloons tied to everyone’s chair, then have the officiant say something along the lines of “Now we will release these balloons in rememberance of family and friends who are no longer with us” And then everyone unties the balloons and up they go.
I have never seen/been to a balloon rememberance ceremony, so I really am not sure how they would go, but I thought it would be a cool idea for everyone to get to release a balloon.
Post # 4
what about doing a hot air lantern at night. I’ve never tried to make one, but they look really cool in all the pictures I’ve seen. You have to do it at night, so maybe it could be part of the reception instead of integrated into the ceremony.
you’ll have to get special balloons in order to do the release, but I think it sounds like a really unique idea.
Post # 5
If you Google “balloon release memorial” and “balloon release environmental”, it comes up with a ton of links. The biggest things I found during my brief search were to use fully inflated latex balloons, and to not have anything tied to them (so, release just the balloon, not balloon+ribbon).
Post # 6
make sure to do it the environmentally conscious way – otherwise, remembering the deceased may cause premature death for birds / fish / wildlife. Nag, i know.
Post # 7
Thanks for the input. I have thought about the mess it makes and such if you just let them go. I guess I could maybe just have a bouquet of them as a tribute and not let them go, But them it wouldn’t be mail to heaven. Or we could let just one go.
I am more worried about how to incorporate it into the ceremony though. Because I have never been to one I have no idea what I should be doing. But hey ya know I bet no one else has either!! So really I shouldn’t be this worried about it. I’ll just keep diggin and see what I can find!
Thanks again for the help girls