Balloon Wedding Dresses: A Daring Fashion Statement Or A Unique New Take On Tradition?
Designing balloon wedding dresses (and balloon wedding décor) is always a fun process for me –working with Chuck Lane and Julie Trygar on their wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico was no exception! Collaborating with Julie in designing her dream balloon gown, going through the creation process(using roughly 1000 pearly white and blue balloons) and finally watching the gown come to life as Julie wore it was a truly rewarding experience!
Chuck and Julie’s wedding was the perfect example of just how much fun, joy and amusement balloon attire can bring to absolutely any occasion, no matter whether you’re looking to make a loud statement with whimsical balloon costumes and decorations or whether you’re looking for a more traditional look with a personal touch!
Taking a modern approach to an ancient tradition.
Wearing specialized wedding attire is a tradition that transcends cultural/geographical boundaries. The white wedding gown in particular, shot to fame in the 1840s when Queen Victoria wore one in her wedding to Albert of Saxe-Coburg. Ever since then, there have been endless designs, styles and materials used to create unique wedding gowns that would not only match the fantasies of each individual bride, but that would also stand out from the crowd. I believe balloon wedding gowns make a unique, modern contribution to this age-old tradition. Thanks to the flexibility of balloon art and of balloons as a workable material, I’m able to take each bride’s distinctive vision and turn it into a fabulous balloon reality!
When it came to Julie’s dress, in addition to using inflated balloons, I used non-inflated balloons to create the intricate design at the back of the dress, as well as the flower accessories (these balloons were wrapped around wires to make the patterns more stable and durable). Both the dress and the accessories (the necklace, bouquets, boutonnieres and hair pins) were made several days in advance in order to give the artist Darcy Prevost enough time to create a cake topper that looked like the wedding dress, and to allow for the bride and groom to have a one-of-a-kind photo-shoot (in which the groom was featured in a balloon tux) that showed them having fun sword-fighting in their balloon attire!
Everything from the elaborate balloon dress to the toss bouquet that was made out of 30 balloon bracelets (so that each guest could have one at the end) gave the event a more personal feel and provided an amusing twist on tradition.
Don’t burst my bubble… or my balloons!
One of the things about balloon wedding dresses that deviates from tradition is that the dresses are particularly susceptible to the elements, but does this really make them a daring option? Because this particular wedding took place in Riviera Maya, Mexico, the heat and humidity were serious factors to be considered – would all the balloons make it through the event without bursting?! It’s all well and good to have a spectacular balloon gown at the beginning of the event, but what would happen once the balloons started popping? In situations when a balloon dress begins to seem like a daring choice, I always like to be prepared, which is why each of the balloons was filled with confetti; should any of them have popped at any point in time, colorful confetti would have exploded from them, making it seem like an intentional “bonus” feature of the dress!
Although balloon wedding dresses may sometimes seem like daring fashion statements (especially considering the elements such as those in Riviera Maya), it’s worth noting that none of the balloons actually popped – using high quality balloons and employing the right techniques can really make all the difference!
Trash the Dress…
What comes up, must come down. Or in this case, what’s inflated, must be deflated… eventually! After the balloon wedding dress had done its job to perfection, it was time for it to be deflated in style – what better way to do the dress justice than to have a “trash the dress party” that would allow the dress to provide as much fun in its deflation as it had while it was still in full form! As soon as we threw the bride into the pool we knew we were in for an unique adventure – the dress wasn’t going to go down without a fight! The bride floated around the pool all day and even managed to play water volleyball in the balloon gown!
While balloon dresses, costumes and decorations can’t last forever, the wonderful memories of the fun and joy that they bring to any event are truly timeless!