Balloon Drops + Release
Balloon drops will usually be installed on the actual job site. Every job will differ and should be considered separately. Balloon drops and decorating are labor intensive and costly.
Before agreeing to do a decorating job, make sure you have the skills and supplies required. A basic rule is to keep it simple. Try more complicated decorations on your own before you attempt a professional job. Also, order any needed supplies ahead of time.
Planning and preparation are key to every successful balloon drop. Each decorating job will differ because of the site conditions. A plan sheet will be beneficial in pricing a job.
Considerations include theme, location, date, and time of the event; time required for set-up and completion; architectural features such as room size, dimension, and fixtures. A sketch of the room layout is helpful later when certain features may be forgotten. Pricing is mainly an individual choice dependent upon overhead and profit margin. Balloon drops are priced per balloon, a constant multiplied times supply cost, or supplies plus labor times a constant. The majority of jobs will require bidding (setting a price before the job is started); thus, accurate estimation is required.
Here are a couple of standards based on prior experience, which may help beginners.
- One experienced worker can inflate 300 balloons per hour.
- 15 - 20% of total bid is generally charged for a set-up fee.
The majority of drops use 9" latex balloons. Drops are conducted indoors using air-filled latex balloons. Re-usable nets, tubes, and bags are available for balloon drops.
|Every year millions of balloons are safely released into the United States, but balloon decorators frequently face opposition to releases by an uneducated public. As long as they are executed properly, releases pose no threat to the environment.|
Only latex balloons should be used for a release. And they should be hand tied with no ribbon or string attached. A properly inflated helium filled latex balloon will rise about 5 miles and burst into small shreds. The decomposition process will begin immediately on the small pieces of latex. The process is so safe, that the National Weather Service releases thousands of balloons every year.
Bags, nets and tubes are all available to achieve different methods and types of releases. Like drops, a release is something that is not overly difficult, but does require a certain degree of experience. Practice until you feel confident to handle a release for a client.
And always be sure to check your local laws and regulations governing balloon releases before proceeding.