Take a moment to think back to some of your most memorable events growing up – birthday parties, school events, prom. What did all of these most likely have in common when it came to décor? Balloons, of course!
We associate balloons with happy, fun and whimsical events, so why isn’t it obvious that this classic décor item can easily be incorporated into your wedding day? Whether you’re looking to up the fun factor or keep your event chic and classy, balloons can be used in a variety of ways on your wedding day.
Some quick tips:
- If you’re considering incorporating balloons into your wedding day décor, you easily can find and purchase them at any major or local party store. Balloon Maniacs, an online retailer, also has a vast selection of any type of balloon you could imagine at affordable prices.
- If you purchase your balloons in-store, be sure to discuss with them any policies that they have regarding large orders, such as how far in advance you need to order, when they can be finished, and so on. If you purchase your balloons online, you probably will need to look into renting a helium machine or seeking out a local store that will inflate the balloons for you.
- Depending on the type of the balloon, don’t have them inflated until 24 to 48 hours prior to your wedding – you don’t want to risk any of them deflating or getting punctured and popping. For that reason alone, it would be wise to order some extra in case of an incident.
Got it? Great! Now read on for more super-fun balloon wedding décor ideas!
1. Ceremony Décor
Although some may not associate balloons with exchanging wedding vows, you can add this simple touch of whimsy and fun while still keeping it classy and appropriate. Stick to one color – either a color from your wedding palette, or you can’t go wrong with all white or ivory balloons. Just imagine walking down an aisle lined with giant balloons or looking out at your guests to see balloons tied to each and every chair – pretty memorable, right?
2. Give One to Your Flower Girl and/or Ring Bearer
Let’s face it – it wouldn’t get much cuter than your flower girl and/or ring bearer carrying a single balloon down the aisle. You even could write “Here Comes the Bride” on it for an extra special touch. The balloon also is bound to keep the little one(s) occupied and happy throughout the ceremony and remainder of the day.
princessdoodlebeans via Etsy
3. Send-off Favors
Tired of the typical rose petals or confetti that guests throw when the newlyweds walk out of the ceremony? Hand out balloons instead! This also would be a fun way to keep everybody together if the plan is to walk from the ceremony to the reception site.
4. Photo Props
Show off your wedding color palette with coordinating and contrasting colored balloons for your bridal party to hold, or stick to one color for a sophisticated and trendy monochromatic look. Consider special balloons specifically for the bride and groom – maybe ones that say Mr. and Mrs. or balloons that coordinate with traditional wedding décor, such as bells.
5. Photo Booth Backdrop
Everybody loves a photo booth, and it’s now easier than ever to create your own. Gather inspiration from this party that secured balloons to the ground at varying heights to create a balloon back drop, or from this get-together that simply taped balloons all over a wall. A pretty easy and cost-effective reception idea if you ask me!
6. Highlight Significant Sentiments
Use letter or number-shaped balloons to spell out special sentiments at your ceremony and/or reception – think your new last name, the word Love, or your wedding date.
7. Escort Cards
Welcome guests to what is sure to be an unforgettable reception by tying their escort card to the bottom of a balloon. Not only will guests have fun finding their personal balloon, the balloons also will instantly create reception décor by guests tying it to the back of their chair or letting it hang in the air above the table.
All photos via Marianne Taylor Photography
8. Reception Table Numbers
Giant numbered balloons are sure to make an impact when guests walk into the reception to find their table. The Wedding Chicks also provide an inspired idea for balloons – create a balloon chandelier! This is an easy way to incorporate your engagement pictures and provide a table number above each table for guests to easily find. Your reception is sure to look beautiful and fun with this easy DIY.
9. Cake Topper
A unique twist on the traditional cake topper, a single balloon or a bunch will bring a unique touch to your wedding cake, and it also will draw attention to it while it’s on display at the reception. Don’t want real balloons on your cake? No problem – check out this DIY project on how to create miniature balloon toppers out of cardstock and paperclips.
10. Getaway Car Decorations
Far from cheesy, balloons will make for a memorable getaway for the bride and groom. Whether you choose to stick to one color or a variety of colors for more vibrant photos, balloons will send the newlyweds off in a fun way to their next adventure.
Browsing all these photos and ideas personally makes me wish I would’ve thought to incorporate balloons on my own wedding day! Although a rather simple piece of décor, they sure can pack a punch when used in unique ways.
Karly Anderson is a born and raised Midwest girl currently residing outside Milwaukee, Wis. Her blog, Miss in the Midwest, chronicles her take on beauty, life and style in the Heartland. Catch up with Karly on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter