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. With products and techniques developed over
the last ten years, a new age of balloons has arrived. Today's balloons
are of superior quality and color. 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
It is important to know some basic balloon facts. There are two types of balloons, Latex and Mylar. Latex balloons are the traditional rubber type, ranging in size from 5" to 4O" 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 non-flammable 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 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.
decorating purposes, expect helium-filled balloons to last one day,
and air-filled balloons to last one week. Many couples believe anyone
can rent a helium tank and blow up balloons. Do-it-yourself balloon
decorations are possible, but they usually must be done the day
of the wedding and neither the bridal party, family, nor friends
will want to be working that day. It could also result in a less
than satisfactory job. Imagine having an uncle taking the wedding
pictures with his instamatic camera or a friend of a friend promising
to bring in his portable cassette player to act as a Disc Jockey.
As with wedding pictures, music, cake and flowers, it is important
to have a professional taking care of balloon decorations to be
sure that this special, memory-making part of your wedding comes
out just right!
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