Your favorite helium-filled friends are not just for kids' birthday parties anymore. Thanks to sophisticated palettes, festive adornments, creative arrangements and a little bit of playing around with scale, balloons have become a major player in the wedding decor world, too.
The palm frond and balloon tablescape above, by Lenzo and featured on 100 Layer Cakelet, is technically a baby shower concept, but it showcases perfectly just how simply you can make a really showstopping centerpiece with a few big balloons. (And, yes, those are spray-painted palm fronds resting below.)
You can take balloons to decorate around and outside the venue, too. Just check out the festively fringed balloons from one of our real weddings: Paula & Henrique's Chic and Sleek NYC Rooftop Wedding.
Decorate balloons with colorful fringe to line the aisle, as seen here in a unique "Tropical Gatsby"-themed wedding from Rock My Wedding.
Or at the altar, dripping with greenery. How beautiful is this ceremony featured on Green Wedding Shoes?
And if you're wondering how to make it happen, Apartment 34 has a great tutorial on creating floral balloon garlands like the ones featured here.
Balloons can be kind of a workhorse at the wedding, too. Put them to use as an escort card display, like here in this garden wedding inspiration from Green Wedding Shoes.
Or take the big number-shaped balloons and hover them over the tables, like they did in this colorful Ruffled wedding, to guide guests to their seats.
You can also take letter balloons and spell out words or phrases appropo to the day, like the "Love" head table from this Kate-Spade-inspired wedding shoot on Southern California Bride.
Balloons look great over long tables, too, especially if you string a beautiful paper garland between them, like in this Scottish bash on Rock My Wedding.
Dress up the ceremony space with a wall of balloons tethered to the outside chairs, as seen here in a ranch wedding on Green Wedding Shoes.
Or use balloons to create a fun and seriously photogenic backdrop for your ceremony or photobooth, like this one from Green Wedding Shoes.
Balloon arches: Not just for kids' parties. Especially not when they look this good. The key, as you'll learn in the tutorial from The House That Lars Built, is some asymmetry and lots of drippy florals.
You don't need a calligrapher for this cute centerpiece from a reception concept on Hello May, just grab a gold paint pen and practice your best fauxligraphy.
If there's a pool at your party venue, take a cue from this adorable baby shower on Style Me Pretty and create a whimsical scene right over the water.
Whether or not you have a Marie-Antoinette style spread going on in the foreground, like in this bridal shower shot from Camille Styles, the simple floating balloon decor is easily imitable.