Types of Balloon Arches

Balloon arches vary in style, size, color, function, and price. When you are looking for a quote for a balloon arch, the first thing our décor designer will do is ask a few questions to determine what type of arch it is you are looking for.

We’ve taken a two color arch and built it in six different configurations so that you can have an idea of how an arch may vary at an event.

Types of Balloon Arches

The standard arch (A) will consist of a continuous stacking of four interlocked balloons which are all stacked exactly the same size. This is our basic arch and what we quote for most events.

The Specialty Arch (B) is a frame based air filled arch which is put together the same as the standard arch. The only difference is that the balloons are all sized to different diameters so that the arch gets a different effect. There are countless ways that a specialty arch can be assembled together, but this photo shows a simple example.

The Frameless Arch (C) is a classification we use for another type of specialty arch. This may or may not have a frame, but it is distinctively set apart from the specialty arch and the standard arch as it does not use the same stacking technique to create the arch. In this particular example, we’ve used linking balloons to create a frameless 3D box arch.

The Linked Arch (D) is a helium based balloon arch where we use specialty linking balloons to create a wonderfully full balloon arch that is only a single balloon in thickness. These are especially great when building bouncing arches or when looking to add a little bit more pizzazz while on a budget. It is a nice way to get something unique without the price of the specialty arches.

The String of Pearls Arch (E) is a very common balloon arch in classic décor and consists of numerous helium filled balloons tied from their necks to a monofilament line extending across the room. This can provide a very elegant look to a room, but is also very labor intensive. This can also be modified to include foil balloons as well. Foils, or “Mylar balloons”, can be used to span the space in the same way as the latex balloons in order to offer another style of arch to fill space in a room.

An Illusion Balloon Arch (F) is simply a pair of columns which are modified to give the appearance of an arch. They are typically curved inward to suggest the movement of an archway and can have any number of unique or interesting toppers on them as well.

Sculpted Balloon Arch (NOT PICTURED) is a balloon sculpture built around a standard arch frame. This may be something like a giraffe (on one side) reaching up to the leaves of a tree (on the other side). Something like this is a great option when you are looking to combine the function of an arch with the artistic form of a more intricate sculpture.

Though there are certainly more types of balloon arches, this is a pretty great overview so that our staff can speak with you more about what exactly you are looking for. Once you know the type of arch you want, you can determine the size of arch and the colors of the arch accordingly.