Want To Decorate Your Wedding Reception With Balloons? Here's How to Keep Them Elegant

Etiquette

It's your wedding reception and you can decorate it the way that you want to! Right? Well, not always. If your wedding style veers toward the whimsical side, some family members (particularly if they're contributing to the budget) or even your future spouse may object to details that seem too childish for a wedding. Where do balloons fit into that equation? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding reception questions in our daily post.

I want to incorporate balloons into my wedding reception. To me, they say fun. To my mom, they say child's birthday party. How can I elevate them for my wedding?

It's all in the size and shape, says Jung Lee of Fete in New York City. Stay away from traditional 12-inch balloons for a wedding; they give off a kiddie vibe. Instead, stick to the oversize, 36-inch latex version—and ditch the cheap streamers that come with them for wide satin or tulle varieties like the ones seen above. And avoid using bunches of balloons as table centerpieces, which can be distracting to guests and may obstruct their view of table mates. "Hang them from the ceiling, or attach guests' table numbers and put them in the cocktail area for a fun twist on the escort-card station," Lee suggests. Color may also be important; neutrals like clear or white will still feel modern and sophisticated. What better way to lighten up a formal or black-tie wedding?

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