5 minutes with... Balloonista's Aurelija Meakin
We sat down for a cuppa and a quick chat with Kent-based balloon stylist, founder of Balloonista | created by Aurelija, Aurelija Meakin to get the latest on this hot trend
Tell us about yourself.
I am Aurelija, a balloon architect and owner of Balloonista 'created by Aurelija' where we create bespoke high-end displays for exclusive events and celebrations for all occasions.
What do you love about working with weddings?
A wedding is such a beautiful occasion where families get together to celebrate, enjoy each other's company and be happy. My team and I love to take part in our lovely brides and grooms' weddings and we get such a buzz each time before every wedding we decorate. We love making people smile and if other people are happy then we're happy. We get that amazing fuzzy warm feeling when brides, grooms and their guests exhale a WOW when they see our displays. We're incredibly lucky to be a part of their special day and to showcase our creations.
What can balloons bring to venue styling?
Modern balloon styling is becoming more and more popular here in the UK because of the luxurious feel and look as well as bringing the fun factor. The bespoke colours bring class, character, luxury and fun to the venue whatever the occasion and can be the main feature of the event. Nowadays bespoke balloon creations are each one-of-a-kind as there are a vast variety of balloon colours and textures to give that luxurious feel to the event. A particular balloon that is fast becoming a favourite is the marble giant balloons in variation of colours and they are often finding their way into the most historic of places for events.
We are fierce lovers of flowers but there is so much more of an impact to be made with a mixture of flowers and balloons. Balloons and flowers are literally a match made in heaven - together they can make truly exquisite displays.
The giant balloon suspended ceilings can easily add extra WOW factor to every event and some brides and grooms are now choosing to have a giant balloon wall that can act as a feature backdrop for the cake, top table, pictures or even on its own. These are breathtakingly beautiful and really are picture perfect for that photo album.
What does the future hold for balloons at weddings?
The balloon décor industry is expanding rapidly, with some creatives having really mastered it, we will all soon forget the overblown pear-shaped balloons bunched into threes and attached to the curtain rail that’s for sure. The trends are coming our way from our friends in Australia and the Middle East and with the demand from people wanting their events to be perfect and show-stopping, balloon décor will continue to grow and become even more intricate. I personally am looking forward to growing with the trends and building show-stopping creations.
Contact Aurelija on 07827 335 164, check out www.balloonista.co.uk and follow her on social media: