Every time we give a ballpark price on how much a custom Giant Advertising Balloon costs to produce, the reaction varies from “OMG you are crazy!” to “That’s reasonable.” For the most part there is no barometer with the average consumer to understand how much work it takes to create one of these custom items, and that is understandable.
Below is a simplified step by step procedure to help get a better idea of the amount of work that goes into your average 20-Foot custom advertising inflatable.
It all starts with a general concept or idea from the client. With their initial direction clearly understood, Big Events’ creates conceptual renderings that include typical idiosyncrasies from an inflatable standpoint (pressure/ease of setting up, etc.). Once these renderings have been approved we proceed to create a replica model. This entire process allows continued and constructive feedback from both groups ensuring the best potential end product. The model phase, which we create to make our patterns, also acts as the clients’ second opportunity to make any changes to their design.
After everyone is on board and the model has its final approval, we begin the patterning process. Only highly skilled pattern-makers can correctly generate these and it takes years of experience to know how to create patterns that will react the way an inflatable does. For instance, garment pattern making is completely different than patterning a giant advertising inflatable.
The patterns are drawn and organized using a very expensive program which marks, nests and spits out copious images ready for a cutting table. Every piece gets a precise cut and is marked and stacked. Check out the video of the last Mr. Potato Head we made. These piles are then given to the sewing team who bring the inflatable to life. After days and days of sewing, sometimes much longer, our inflatable takes shape. But we are not done yet.
Big Events is one of the few companies driven to take the additional step and add additional excitement and energy to our products with airbrush art. Our artist can add highlighting, low-lighting and everything in between to give our inflatable life-like qualities. Even balloons that are completely digitally printed have the ability to be touched up (if needed) with airbrush art in our main 6,000 sq.ft facility.
Every single step in this process is equally important and requires the finest skilled workers. The art portion of this is no exception, and our experience, time and attention to detail separates Big Events from the heard. Our product speaks for itself. Take a look. Always like our facebook page to see constant updated photos!