There’s something just so fun and whimsical about balloons, and the ones we’ve seen at recent weddings are as elegant as they come! Giant balloons are popping (floating?!) up in lots of weddings recently, creating some beautiful photos of couples, bridesmaids and groomsmen and some amazing photos of the full wedding party! There are plenty of ways to introduce a little whimsy to your wedding through balloons, whether through your stationery, in the decor as centrepieces or table numbers, as fun-for-guests photo props or find-your-own escort cards. Check out some of the exciting ways we’ve found to inflate your wedding decor below.
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One of our favourite photos in wedding albums recently is brides and their bridesmaids having the bants with some giant balloons as props – there’s just something about these photos that make them so pretty! You might be well used to taking selfies with your girls but if you’re not a good prop is a great way to relax people in front of the camera, strike a pose or have a laugh and you’re sure to have a girly photo your mates will treasure forever.
1. Bridesmaids with pink balloons via wedding chicks | 2. Bridesmaids in grey with pink and white balloons photo via SMP | 3. Bridesmaids with coral balloons photo via SMP | 4. Photo by Michelle Prunty via weddingsonline
Save the Date cards are a great way to have a bit of fun before the real planning begins and, contrary to what you might read, don’t necessarily have to reflect a particular theme if you haven’t yet settled on one. One way to have some fun with a Save the Date, and to get a feeling for the camera as a couple, is to grab a Sharpie, pop your date on some balloons and start snapping. Another great DIY option is to try these fab inflatable Save the Dates that your guests are guaranteed not to forget for a long time!
1. Bride & groom with balloons Save the Date card photo via Tumblr | 2. DIY Sharpie Save the Date inflatable balloons by Something Turquoise
For a real party atmosphere a balloon ceiling is called for. We love the idea of this particularly for the dancfloor where loads of colour can be introduced – and all the kids at the wedding are bound to love it too! For something really different, we love the idea of escort cards tied to balloons, as seen on the Wedding Party App, guests are sure to have fun mingling and looking for their names at the drinks reception!
1. Balloon dancefloor ceiling by The Alison Show | 2. Balloons and animal decor via Coco Kelly | 3. Escort cards on ceiling balloons Photo by via Wedding Party App
Those looking for something travel themed to include in their decor will love the idea of a hot air balloon centerpiece. These gorgeous pieces are magical, whimsical and a great alternative to floral centerpieces.
1. Hot air balloon table name display via Pinterest | 2. Wizard of Oz themed hot air balloon centrepiece Green Wedding Shoes | 3. Floating air balloon table decor via bridalguide | 4. Hot air balloon centrepiece via bridalguide
Now this is a WOW wedding feature if ever we did see one. One couple not content with having the miniature version for their decor, put together this stunning alternative for their photo booth. They hired the hot air balloon basket, then had their stylist add a bunch of pretty giant balloons to give it that floaty feel. Maybe something for the ‘Up’ fans to think about?!
Photo via PopSugar
Balloon centrepieces have received a fair bit of flack in the past, but they’ve come a long way from the sad, semi-inflated air bags you might remember (haha!) Balloon centrepieces are almost magical these days, with some gorgeous confetti filled and greenery wrapped inflatables floating in the grandest settings and providing an airy fairytale feel to receptions. One way they can be both fun and functional is to use balloons as table numbers like the above photos.
1. Balloon table numbers via Mon Cheri | 2. Giant balloon centrepiece with gold tassels via Brides of North Texas | 3. Confetti filled giant floating balloon centrepieces via Rock my Wedding | 4. Gold balloon table numbers via Ruffled
The name card table isn’t really something we do at Irish weddings, instead opting for a list-form table display (we do love our lists!) but this is a really cute alternative that could appeal to the DIY brides out there.
1. Escort cards with clear balloon via Tumblr | 2. Pink and stripe escort card feature via Every Last Detail
We’re all big kids when it comes to fun wedding decor and photo props, but the little ones are the ones who’ll really love this addition to the wedding day. Have your page boy or flower girl walk up the aisle with a pretty balloon to keep them occupied (we’re sure there’s plenty of ways to encourage them up the aisle to make this special delivery!) or do a DIY Sharpie ‘Here Comes the Bride’ on one to announce your arrival!
1. Page boy with Here Comes the Bride balloon photo via | 2. Outdoor flower girl with balloon via Pinterest | 3. Flower girl with giant gold balloon photo via Brides | 4. Flower girl and page boy photo via Brides
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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.