Let’s step back to our childhood and summer days blowing bubbles.  Those were such peaceful, soothing times.  We stood and watched those magical orbs glisten in the sun as they gently floated back to earth.  Bring that same feeling to your wedding reception by creating a bubble haven for all to enjoy.


Bubbles are a magical element that makes everyone smile.  Guests greet the couple with a wall of bubbles as they leave the ceremony or enter the reception. Spontaneous bubble blowing erupts on the dance floor.  And you capture some unique and awe struck  expressions in photos.  I think it is impossible to look unhappy when blowing bubbles- at least I have never seen it.

Here is a selection of wedding bubbles at varying price points that are available and ready to use.

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Wedding Cake Bubbles
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Champagne Bottle Bubbles
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                     Diamond Bubbles


Why not level up your use of bubbles at your reception?  Bring that joy of childhood back, if only for a day, by providing  oceans of bubble mix and wands for all your guests. (No age discrimination, please.  Everyone loves bubbles). Carry the theme even further by having some well placed iridescent balloons near the bubble stations.

If you really want guests to get involved, be sure to participate yourself.  Remember guests follow where the bride and groom lead.


bubbles, wedding, reception It is quite simple to make your own bubble mix, and it is generally much heartier than what you buy so the bubbles are stronger and last longer.   I have been making bubbles since I was a child.  Here are two recipes.  I decide which I use depending on the look I am going for in a particular situation.  (You can make the mixes, well in advance.  I keep some of each on hand all the time.)

Weather, particularly humidity, has a huge effect on bubbles.  Try both recipes and to see which works best for you.  Or do both. They really do react differently.

Floating Bubbles:

These are lightweight, and often soar from sight before popping.

You can multiply this recipe as many times as you want.  I usually make a couple of gallons at a time.

  • Add 6 cups of water to a container.
  • Slowly add 1 cup dish soap and mix slowly so you do not form foam or bubbles as you stir.
  • Add in 2 Tablespoons of glycerin or ¼ cup corn syrup.  Stir until mixed together.
  • Allow to sit if bubbles have formed,  then place in big bowl or individual containers and you are ready to go.

Tough Bubbles:

These bubbles are much heavier than the ones above.  The recipe is best for larger bubbles.  They will hover close to the ground before popping.  They do not usually float away unless there is a stiff breeze.  These bubbles are  best blown outside, as they leave a bit of a sugary residue when they land which is a bit messy indoors.

  • Add 2 cups hot water
  • Slowly add 1/4 cup dish soap
  • 1 (.25 oz)  packet unflavored gelatin.  Not Jello.
  • 2 tablespoons glycerin
  • Mix all ingredients together slowly and place in small bubble bottles or large bowl/tray for bubble blowing.

Bubble Wands:

You can purchase bubble wands and bubble blowers in all sizes and shapes at the dollar or discount store, or reuse those you have on hand.  But why not create your own?

Plastic cup:

Punch a hole in the bottom to blow through. Dip the large open end into the solution and blow.

Plastic soft drink bottles:

Cut the bottom off the bottle ( at least 1/2 -3/4 way up the side.  Dip bottom in bubble mix.  Use the lip end of the bottle to blow bubbles.

Pipe cleaners:

You can create just about any shape you like from pipe cleaners, just make sure you keep a small section as a handle.  Twist multiple pipe cleaners together for larger shapes.  Try making  circles, stars, squares or an irregular shape.

Wire coat hanger :

This works just like the pipe cleaner but is a bit sturdier for large bubbles.

Plastic funnel:

A funnel is the perfect shape for a bubble wand.  Dip the large end in the bubble solution and use the small end to blow.  This is a sure winner, especially for small hands that may have trouble coordinating a wand.

Drinking straws:

Bunch several plastic drinking straws together and secure.  Be sure you do not tie too tightly cutting off the air flow.  These will create many small but fast flowing bubbles. If you have small children using these,  mark the dipping end with permanent marker, so children will know which end to dip in the bubble mixture each time.

Giant Wand – Giant Bubbles:

bubbles, wedding, receptionWe have all seen these giant wands on TV.  Super simple to make your own or you can purchase.  We have had one in our home since I was a small child, and yes, they really do work.  They work best when the user is elevated, like on a second story deck because the bubbles are so large.  Tough bubbles mix is best because of the size of these elegant monsters.

Use a coarse twine, light rope or porous ribbon when you make your wands.  The rough surface will give the soap tiny crevices it can stick to when the wand is dipped in the solution.

Here is a video I found on YouTube that shows how to make your own giant wand.  (Make several, so the adults do not fight over them.)


  • If you want pictures of you and your new husband  walking through the bubbles when exiting the ceremony, make sure the guests at the end of the row know they will need to start blowing bubbles (and keep blowing) before the happy couple reaches them so there will be bubbles in the air.
  • Refrigerate bubble mix before using.   Bubbles will last longer.
  • Bubbles need moisture to survive. If you live in an area with very low humidity, you may want to look for another option for your reception.  First try increasing the glycerin in the recipe to see if they work well in your area.
  • When making my own bubble mix I prefer Joy or Dawn dish-washing liquid. Don’t use the bargain brand, it just does not hold up as well.
  • Bubbles for a crowd work  best with the smaller wands when the solution is in a wide bottom pan or tray in a stable location.  There is more surface area and less spillage.
  • The giant wand requires a deeper bowl so the string is fully immersed.  You will also use a lot more bubble mix.
  • You can usually find glycerin in the drugstore aisle near band aids or beauty supplies. It is not expensive or in short supply, just hard to locate in the store.
  • Unflavored gelatin is in the baking section of the grocery store. (Do not buy Jello)
  • Bubbles in the winter can create an incredible visual. If it is freezing outside, they may even freeze before they reach the ground and stand for a few extra moments.

Wedding bubbles are a creative way to add fun to your wedding.  Whether you are making a shining entrance, a grand exit, or providing joyful entertainment to guests at your reception, bubbles are a unique way to stretch your wedding budget while not compromising your happily ever after.  They create a special way to include your guests and allow them to participate in the festivities.  Expect happy smiles.

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