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Would You Trust a Helium-Filled Floating Venue On Your Wedding Day?

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If you like the idea of an outdoor wedding, but not the idea of setting up a tent which can be a hassle, you might want to reach out to design studio Qastic. As part of the Connecticut-based firm's research into the feasibility of using floating structures in its architecture, it created this inflatable helium-filled pavilion for a garden wedding ceremony in New Haven.

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Held in place by long pieces of fabric tethered to the ground, the structure ends up feeling more open and inviting, while still providing some level of shelter from the elements. It's a clever alternative to a more permanent structure like a gazebo, but a bride and groom had better hope for a clear, breezeless day, because as you can see in the video included below, the canopy does tend to move around a lot.

And let's not forget that the planet is quickly exhausting its helium supply, and if this catches on as a wedding fad, it certainly won't help the situation. [Qastic via Dezeen]

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Illustration for article titled Would You Trust a Helium-Filled Floating Venue On Your Wedding Day?

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It should be illegal to use helium in frivolous ways like this. Same thing with party balloons. There's too much important stuff that helium is used for in science and medical applications for us to be wasting it this way. I honestly can't figure out why US government has taken the stance that its helium reserve - roughly 80% of the world's helium - should be sold off so cheaply and quickly.