A wedding balloon centrepiece (or wedding balloon bouquet as it is often referred to) is a really simple form of wedding balloon decoration that's cheap and easy to make yourself (with help from a few willing volunteers).
They can be used instead of or to reduce the number of flowers required to decorate the church and/or reception.
Balloons are very visual and will therefore have a big impact as soon as your guests walk in. For this reason you don't need to go overboard with them. Normally wedding balloon centrepieces will consist of an odd number of balloons, usually three (and normally not more than five) balloons to each centrepiece.
It's also important to get the length of the ribbons right as you want your guests to be able to see each other across the tables.
Make sure the ribbons are long enough so that they're not in your guests’ line of sight when they are sitting down, but not too long that they look detached from the table decorations.
You'll need to use helium filled balloons to get the right look (disposable helium cannisters are easily available online). However, helium filled latex balloons will typically stay afloat for around 6-8 hours, so you'll need to get your timings right.
If your reception is planned for say 3 o'clock and your guests will be seated at their tables for around 3 hours then you will need to inflate the balloons at around 1pm to give you the best chance of having all your balloons stay afloat for the duration of the day.
Alternatively you can get a product called "Hi-Float" which is a liquid that coats the inside of the balloon before you inflate it. You then roll the empty balloon between your hands to make sure the balloon is fully coated and then inflate it as normal.
Depending on how long you want your wedding balloon centrepieces to stay afloat they have several different products which will make your balloons stay afloat for between 10 to 25 times longer than a standard balloon.
As you can see it's not difficult to create a wedding balloon centrepiece and now that you are feeling a little more confident you may want to think about making other types of wedding balloon decorations including a wedding balloon arch (which is nowhere near as complicated as you may think).