If you’re looking to add some extra decoration to your event, a balloon arch is a great option. But how much does a balloon arch cost?
A standard balloon arch might cost you around $250 on the low end (at around $20 per linear foot for a 12 foot arch), however, the answer depends on a few factors, including the type of balloons used and the size of the arch.
It can be hard to find a good answer online because the price can vary depending on a variety of factors.
In this blog post, we will break down the cost of balloon arches so that you have a better understanding of what you’re getting into. We’ll also provide some tips on how to save money on the installation of your balloon decorations!
Be sure to also check out these other stunning balloon decoration ideas to find the perfect look for your party!
What is a balloon arch?
A balloon arch is a decoration made from inflated balloons typically attached to a structured frame.
They are often used as decorations for dance floors, an entrance or exit to a birthday party, corporate events or at special events like baby showers and weddings.
Balloon arches can be linear or curved, and come in a variety of colors and sizes to fit various spaces and ceiling height allowances.
Depending on shape some people incorrectly refer to them as balloon garlands. In fact garlands are what most people think about when they imagine draping ballons behind a dessert table or other backdrop, and can actually be much more economical than full arches.
Other balloon installations such as balloon bouquets, helium arches, double door arch or balloon clusters are often listed alongside organic arch displays and classic balloon arches by balloon decor companies.
How much is a balloon arch?
The price of a balloon arch installation varies depending on the size and the actual designs (such as string of pearls, linked arch, spiral, etc), as well as the location of the event.
The linear cost of a basic balloon arch is typically $15-25 per linear foot. This means that if you want an arch that is 20 linear feet wide, it will cost you $500
Depending on the size and type of arch, as well as the location of the event, a balloon arch installation can cost anywhere from $250 to $1,000.
A free-flowing balloon garland, on the other hand, would cost around $150 per 6 feet for a standard spiral.
The best place to start at is by asking for a price list from a vendor. There you will see different images of balloon decorations and price variations and can come up with a plan that fits both your event and your budget.
The exact quote varies depending on the type of balloon used, whether or not you have any helium balloons (as helium may be an additional charge over an air-filled balloon garland), and the complexity of the design.
How much does a balloon wall cost?
A balloon wall is a decoration made from inflated balloons. They are often used as an entrance or exit to a party or event. Balloon walls can be linear or curved, and come in a variety of colors and sizes.
The price of a balloon wall installation varies depending on the size and type of wall, as well as the location of the event.
Balloon walls can cost around $75 per foot.
Why are balloon arches so expensive?
The cost of a balloon arch is high because it is a custom installation that requires a lot of time and labor, and depends on the number of balloons, arch options and the size of the order.
A balloon arch is not something you can just purchase premade at a store, it does require a bit of hard work to assemble, especially when dealing with a complex design.
In addition, the installers need to be careful not to damage any walls or ceilings with the balloons, and carry the cost of a business as well, including overhead costs and insurance.
Other Costs to consider when purchasing a balloon arch
When purchasing a balloon arch from a balloon artist or party supply store, there may be there fees to keep in mind that will increase the total price of your purchase depending on what you might need.
Some balloon providers may require pickup or may offer free delivery for a minimum order within a set zip code or a certain radius from their location, while others might have an inclusive predetermined delivery fee.
Keep in mind if you live outside of the delivery radius from the store, most companies will charge an additional delivery fee. This is typically a linear cost, meaning that the further you live from the store, the higher the delivery fee will be.
Often this will look like a price per mile that the delivery requires, though event date or delivery time can also impact overall delivery charges.
If you are having trouble setting up the balloon arch yourself or do not have time to set it up, most companies will offer an installation fee or rig charges.
This is usually a linear cost as well, meaning that the longer it takes to set up the balloon arch, the higher the installation fee will be.
Installation typically costs $75-$200 per hour, depending on the difficulty of the setup.
Types of Balloons
The type of balloons used to make up the balloon arch will also factor into the price.
There are many different types of balloons that can be used for a balloon arch, with specialty or high end balloons costing more for the balloon artist to source, therefore increasing the price to the customer. Organic balloon arches or biodegradable, for illustration purposes, may be more expensive than standard sort of balloon.
The most common type is latex, which is made from natural rubber. Latex balloons are cheaper than other types of balloons, but they can only be used once. and it should be noted that some people do have allergic reactions to latex, which should definitely be considered.
Mylar balloons, also known as foil balloons, are more expensive, but they can be reused multiple times and offer a wide variation of colors, characters and designs to match a theme party.
Balloons can also be order in different sizes and styles. Standard sizes include 5 inch, 10 inch, 12 inch, and oversized deco balloon sizes like 18, 24 and 36 inch. Balloon Letters are a popular to spell out the guest of honor’s name or phrased like “Happy Birthday”.
Additional Items such as Backdrops, personalization of balloons, balloon columns and complex designs.
Most Balloon arch providers will offer different add-ons and services such as balloon columns, or backdrops to complement the arch. These services will typically cost an additional fee on top of the balloon arch price.
Be sure to ask the balloon décor artists what other services and package deals they offer to get a complete estimate for your event.
Personalization of balloons is another popular add-on, with many people opting to have their company logo, or the name/age of the birthday child printed on the balloons. This service will also incur an additional fee.
If you have a last minute order, even if you go with a standard balloon order, you may incur a rush fee. This is due to the balloon decorator having to rearrange their schedule to accommodate the request.
Some companies will charge a strike fee, which is the fee to have someone come and take down the balloon arch after your event.
This is typically a linear cost as well, meaning that the longer it takes to take down the balloon arch, the higher the strike fee will be.
Understanding Estimates, Price List, and Final Quote
Most balloon artists will be able to give you a good estimate of how much your balloon arch will cost once they know the linear footage, height, and width of your desired arch, as well as the type of balloons you would like to use.
An estimate is not a guarantee that you have job approval. Keep in mind that the total cost of your balloon arch will also depend on any additional items or services you might add on, such as delivery, installation, personalization, etc.
Asking your balloon artist for a complete estimate prior to booking will help ensure there are no surprises when it comes time to pay for your design arch. Many decorators will have a minimum size of the order to ensure profitability. Be sure to get a written price quote to refer back to.
How to save money on a balloon arch
There are a few ways to save money on your balloon arch installation. One way is to choose a simpler design. By sticking to one type of balloons, you can greatly reduce the overall cost.
You can also check out perspective artists on social media, as sometimes they will offer discounts to followers or specials based on size of order.
If you have friends or family who are willing to help, you can ask them to assist with the installation. This will save you money on labor costs.
Make a DIY Balloon Arch
The best way to save money on a balloon arch is to do it yourself. If you’re feeling crafty, you can try making your own balloon arch.
There are many beautiful options such as finding a balloon arch kit that you can purchase to match a theme, or you can buy balloons and create your own used balloon tape or fishing line to connect the balloon bunches together.
There are plenty of tutorials online that can show you how to assemble them, as well as how to add an additional balloon or statement piece to the overall arch using long skinny 160 balloon or glue dots.
To achieve the arch shape, you can buy a metal frame or a cheaper plastic option if wanting a structured arch, or simply hang it using fishing line and command hooks.
This works well for most balloon designs, such as a cascade over a table or a simple garland.
Pro Tip: Buy an inexpensive balloon pump on Amazon to save your breath and make blowing up the balloons a breeze!
Making a DIY balloon decoration is a fun way to get the exact look you are going for without breaking the bank.
Other things to keep in mind
One of the biggest factors to consider is the location of your event. Be sure to discuss with your event space that a large arch of balloons will be allowed.
Some outdoor events may not be permitted to have balloons (such as farms, petting zoos, near waterways, or other public spaces) due to potential hazards to animals and nature.
Most indoor events allow balloons due to easy cleanup. Indoor use is ideal for balloon decorations as direct sunlight can greatly affect outdoor designs and balloons can pop due to temperature changes and from even just being in the sun.
If you want to make a great statement at birthday parties, anniversary parties or spruce up smaller venues on the day of your event, balloon arches are the perfect way to introduce a color scheme and dress up a space.
If you’re planning on having a balloon arch at your next event, keep these costs and tips in mind! With a little bit of planning, you can save money on your installation.