(Closed) Balloons at wedding receptions?

posted 7 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Would adding balloons still look classy?
    Yes - Balloons are fun : (8 votes)
    29 %
    No - This isn't the sixth grade : (20 votes)
    71 %
  • Post # 3
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Hmmm before I decide, what are your colors and do you have the website of your venue?

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I think it depends on your venue and how you’re going to use them. I’ve seen some of the large round balloons used stylishly and some neat DIY balloon covers.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I would have to see pictures, but my instinct says don’t do it. It’s hard to imagine balloons looking classy.

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My mom keeps pushing for balloons, and I keep telling her “no, this is not a high school prom”  because i have a hard time seeing balloons as classy.  Not that I’m really going for classy, I just don’t want it to look like a high school dance.  

    However, I do like the round balloons depending on the colors.  Have you thought about paper lanterns? you can get them oriental trading… a dozen for $25 or so.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Did you ever see the really neat petal balloon covers that eehkay posted?  There’s a pic – http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/wedding-reception-decor-w-petals – You could do a version of it in black tulle and red petals that would be stunning.  Sorry the link is copy and paste rather than click the Bee is acting up terribly for me tonight.

    Post # 9
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    875 posts
    Busy bee

    I think you can use balloons to dress up a space if cost of florals is too expensive to consider…but you have to do it carefully otherwise it will look more prom like than a wedding.  I know that Martha Stewart featured a balloon effect in one of her wedding magazines…I’m not sure when but I remember it was in a large white blank slate type of room that needed extra decor to make it go from bland to POP!  When I read this question, I had several concepts in my mind.  When I was in high school the balloon arch wedding theme was big, and I think that there is probably an age group that might think that balloon arches are still the height of style. 

    I remember that one of my cousins had one, and there are two distinctive memories of that night.  One is that they had a beautifully draped with netting, ribbon, and colored balloons on a program stand.  I think it’s memorable in my mind because my impression was that it added elegance and style to a location that otherwise would have been painfully bland.  It’s also my only remembrance of balloons being truly elegant at a wedding and I think it was the result of a floral designer’s expertise at draping and color.  My other memory of the night is that the balloon arch ended up wrapped around a power line outside the venue because the groomsmen didn’t know what to do with it at the end of the night. 

    As I’m writing this…I’m realized that I’ve experienced one other festive yet formal balloon use… however it was for an anniversary party rather than a wedding.  For my parents party that also ended up being a major family reunion we rented a large formal white tent for our backyard.  I had beautiful rose centerpieces along with elegant white tablecloths and I used balloons in a couple of locations that added some festive style to the front entrance and gave us some transitional decor to help connect the various parts of the yard and with the event.  At an outdoor venue, I think balloons can help someone be directed to the right location, and give the feeling of a festive fun event that doesn’t have to have the feeling of a little child’s birthday. 

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

    I think it definitely depends on the venue, but overall I love the look of giant round balloons at a wedding, I don’t think they look out of place at all (:

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