Everyone’s spirits soar at the sight of colorful balloons. There are few things more classic, and at the same time more modern, than the festive nature of balloons. New decorating schemes and ideas are endless. A professional decorator, trained in today’s precision techniques can use balloons to create a truly elegant and exciting atmosphere.
Balloon decorations can be more affordable and versatile than any alternative. Balloons can be a better value than flowers as table decorations. Unlike traditional rental items, balloon floor bouquets and balloon arches are inexpensive and disposable. Balloon colors can be coordinated with wedding color schemes. A balloon sculpture can be a dramatic backdrop for wedding photographs. Helium-filled balloons make towering arches and multiple-balloon releases possible.
It is important to know some basic balloon facts. There are two types of balloons. Latex balloons are the traditional rubber type, ranging in size for 5″ to 40″ in diameter. Mylar balloons are made out of a strong foil-like material and are available in a variety of shapes and designs.
Balloons can be filled with air or helium. Helium is a nonflammable gas that is “lighter” than air. A 9″ or larger latex balloon, or an 18″ or larger, mylar balloon, filled with helium, will float up, or will remain suspended in the air when tethered by a string or ribbon. The length of time a balloon will stay inflated or aloft is determined by the balloon size, the balloon material, and weather conditions. Expect helium-filled balloons to last one day, and air-filled balloons to last one week.