(Closed) Balloon Release?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
3267 posts
Sugar bee

Please consider the environmental impact of a balloon release. 


Post # 4
1 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013



Balloons in the air are such a happy childhood association, it’s hard to picture the damage they really do. 🙁

If you’ve already done one, you can’t undo the possible damage, but you CAN educate yourself on specifics, and help to spread awareness.

Deflated balloons look like food, and birds, turtles, and other animals eat them. They then either choke, or die or starvation as the balloons block their stomachs. Not exactly how we want to commemorate our joyful weddings.


“Balloons blow . . .don’t let them go!”

Post # 5
719 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre

@kristin_inlove:  please please please don’t do this! So bad for the environment. Would you really just throw a bunch of deflated balloons in the water or in a park? It’s basically the same thing. 

Post # 5
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I was considering doing this at my wedding. So glad I ran across this thread. I have decided against it! What are other different alternatives to rice  and bubbles? I love sparklers but it won’t be at night it will be after my ceremony which is in the afternoon. 

Post # 6
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Cape May, NJ

I’ve always loved this photo. They poured tiny candys (colored sprinkles would be awesome) and rice over an umbrella over the couple as good luck, apparently it’s an indonesian tradition.


I know it’s irritating to clean up but confetti? I found this, I LOVE the idea of throwing wildflowers


  • This reply was modified 3 years, 9 months ago by  FoxFace.
Post # 7
1847 posts
Buzzing bee

Agree with PPs, please don’t do this. I mean, yes it looks great but it’s so bad for the environment! 

Make sure that anything you choose to throw is either environmentally friendly, or only throw it inside where it can be vacuumed up!


FoxFace:  That link is perfect, throwing lavender? My heart just skipped a beat, it’s so perfect I don’t know why I didn’t think of it (I love lavender, in case you can’t tell).

Post # 8
3037 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I’ve seen it done before… the weather was cold and drizzly and SO WINDY so it wasn’t that great. Plus… just think of all the balloons that’ll be littering the ground afterwards…. 

Post # 10
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I too was in love with this idea, but after I thought about how much 50+ balloons would impact the environment [and even biodegradable balloons take a VERY long time to break down], it just wasn’t worth it.

If you have your heart set on it, maybe you & your groom can each release one w/ your wedding wishes tied to it, and leave it at that?

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