Balloons as wedding decor?

posted 2 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Can balloons look nice/fancy as wedding decor?
    Yes : (34 votes)
    54 %
    No : (28 votes)
    44 %
    Other (I'll explain below) : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 16
    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I say see if you can find a few for cheap and test it, can’t hurt and I think arranged right it could look cool. Also if you have anyone you’re hiring/friends who will be there who have an eye for that thing have them do it vs just DIYing them yourself. I used to do a lot of events and our decorator would explain some of the things like this in detail to me and almost always they needed her extra little touch to make them just right.

    Post # 17
    7814 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Wow, when I saw the title of this thread I was side eyeing it hard, but some of these photos are incredible. Straight out of a storybook or something (in a good way). I am now of the opinion that balloons can be used to achieve a whimsical, dreamy (but classy) ambiance at a wedding if done right. I am suspecting that doing it right wouldn’t be cheap though, and if you err you’re gonna look like you’re hosting a child’s bday party or bar mitzvah (like in the last 3 photos of headoverboots’ post). 

    Post # 18
    325 posts
    Helper bee

    I like the look of the balloons in the picture, but second other peoples’ thoughts—they can be expensive to both purchase and fill with helium. I purchased a few globe balloons to tie outside of the venue to attract our guests. It took an absurd amount of helium to fill, and they were about $5 each. 

    The other concern is wind. They’re going to be bouncing all over the place if you’re outdoors and it’s a breezy day. I was recently at a birthday party with balloons and was unfortunately standing in a place where I was repeatedly bopped on the head by a particularly aggressive balloon. Just something to think about. 


    Post # 19
    659 posts
    Busy bee

    I think the globe balloons are cute, as long as you’re cool with “cute” as a descriptor for your reception. (Like garden party themes can be cute… tea party themes, Kate spade themes, casual backyard– all cute themes in my opinion).

    However, more importantly CHECK your venue contract. Mine is a huge ballroom type space with giant ceilings and chandeliers (it’s an old train station ballroom) so balloons are expressly NOT allowed on the property. If they escape and get lodged in a chandelier, it’s like an outrageous fine because they have to rent a damn cherry picker thing to haul a guy up there to get it unstuck. So check and make sure beforehand. If you’re on an outdoor property they may not allow it for environmental reasons, and indoor historic space with tall vaulted ceilings (like mine) may also not allow it due to it being a pain in the ass if they escape. 

    Post # 20
    3563 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    Eh…i think it’s really hard to make balloons not look cheap. I don’t love any of the pics anyone has posted. The inspo pic is cute but I think that might just be some picture magic. Plus you’d need to have someone *really* anal who would make sure the balloons are all EXACTLY the same size and height. 

    Post # 21
    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I believe it can bu I would be very carful and agree with other bees that it can look too prom/birthday and not Bridal. It is definitely personal preference. I think some big pretty round ballons look cute here and there and those ballons with letters are really in. 

    Post # 22
    2216 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

    I am a balloon lover myself. Dear Fiance knows I would always prefer balloons to flowers, and usually gets me a huge bouquet whenever one would normally get flowers.

    I think it can be tricky to do right. Like others have said, the larger-scale round balloons can look really lovely, but standard birthday-style definitely looks less sophisticated. 

    I liked the suggestion Cameobride made; paper lanterns always look very elegant; plus you can light them from the inside which can add additional visual interest.

    I think as llong as you choose the right product and staging, balloons would be a surprising and charming option



    Post # 23
    2699 posts
    Sugar bee

    Ehhhh…maybe if you’re a VERY young bride – like under 25. They don’t necessarily look “cheap” to me but mostly childish. 

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