(Closed) Have you had a BALLOON RELEASE at Your Wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I hate to  be a debbie downer on this, but balloon release is extremely dangerous for wildlife. They often end up in bodies of water- even if you aren’t near one- and animals think they are jellyfish and eat them. I know it could look pretty, but it makes dolphins cry.

What about something that people hold and don’t let go, like sparklers, streamers on a stick, noisemakers, etc?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I haven’t done it but I love the idea!  I was doing some research a few weeks ago because I want to do something like this for our first look but I wasn’t comfortable with littering.  I found out that latex balloons are biodegratable so I don’t have to worry about that!

 

I think you need to get the balloons filled (you’ll need someone to do this the day before, latex balloons tend to shrink down after a day or so), you might have your bridal party and ushers hand them out to people.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

this is really bad for the enviorment so I woudln’t do it.

What about a ribbon wave?

Post # 6
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9918 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Please don’t do this.  It’s horrible for the environment.  I like the idea of having everyone hold something up.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I love the idea in theory, but as others have said, the balloons can be harmful in the environment even if they biodegrade (which would be a slow process), plus in the process it is still harmful to wildlife.

http://thetandd.com/news/opinion/blogs/environmentally_challenged/balloon-releases-pose-risk-to-wildlife-environment/article_23426c64-bd08-11df-b473-001cc4c03286.html

What about bubbles, ribbon wands, sparklers, noisemakers, or bells? 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Here are some different ideas from the internet:

Kazoos

bubbles

little bells

butterflies

hankerchiefs in wedding colors

little signs that say “yay!” and stuff

and ribbon wands like pp said

Post # 9
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758 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Latex balloons are biodegradable and I believe they decompose in ~6 months. Myler balloons are not.

But, as someone who worked at a willife rehabilitation center for many years, I’ll tell you – it’s not worth it.  I’ve seen first hand what sort of devestration it can have on wildlife – water fowl and birds in general especially.   When birds are building nests they will forage around for building materials.  They will pick up a lot of different things that aren’t suitable – balloon shards, fishing line, cigarrette butts – all of these things carry potential dangers for their offspring.  

So, no, I would opt for something else.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

This is TERRIBLE for the environment. Even if you do biodegradable balloons they still take YEARS to break down and in the meantime some poor animal could ingest the balloon and get VERY sick. Plus just because something will break down, doesn’t mean it won’t break down into nasty chemicals. There’s so many other fun and unique things you can do that are far less bad for the environment.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Sorry but I have to agree with PP… realeasing balloons is terrible for the environment. I agree with something guests can hold (ribbon wands, sparklers, etc.)

Post # 12
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1470 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Why do people think this is ok??? What goes up must come down. Would you just litter a bunch of used balloons on the ground? I hope not!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@viewfrmhere:  Your response was much more constructive and funny than mine. I just get so frustrated with things like this and I haven’t had my coffee yet.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Dont forget the string you use for the balloons that will do some serious damage to animals!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Please also think about if anyone has allergies. If this were going on at a wedding I was at, I would stop breathing and probably be hospitalized (or dead) as I have a sever latex allergy that effects my breathing.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@PoppyH:  That’s a point I hadn’t thought of. My stepmother has a severe latex allergy, also.

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