Arches range in price from $250 up to $1200+, depending on the size, complexity and style of balloon arch. Though most air-filled balloon garland arches range from $10-$20 per linear foot, prices can vary as low as $5 per linear foot for simplified helium arches or as much as $90 per linear foot for some organic arch displays. Most balloon decor companies will have some sort of balloon arch pricing guide available. Typically, these prices do not include delivery, setup, staging, breakdown, and cleanup. Some balloon companies also charge a fee for a “green removal” of the balloons.
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Balloon Calculator for Arch Linear Foot
What is all this talk of linear foot and what does it mean? It has to do with the length of garland that must be made in order to create the arch size you are looking for. If you imagine an arch being stretched out and laid flat against the ground, that would show you the length of the arch in linear feet. At that point, arches could just as easily be thought of as balloon columns. They are just curved into a different shape.
What is the simple balloon arch formula?
Though not perfect, this will get you close to the correct answer:
Take the width of your arch + the height of your arch = Total linear feet of the arch you want!
For example, a 10 foot wide arch that is 10 foot tall would be approximately 20 linear feet. In all actuality, it is 24.9 feet in length, but this will get you to a much closer number than not having any idea at all. A chart for standard sized balloon arches and their approximate heights and widths is listed below.
|Height x Width
|Total Linear Feet
|8 feet tall x 8 foot wide
|Photo Backdrop Arch
|20 linear feet
|10 feet tall x 10 foot wide
|Single / Double Door Arch
|25 linear feet
|12 feet tall x 12 foot wide
|Double Door / Grand Entrance Arch
|30 linear feet
|16 feet tall x 16 foot wide
|40 linear feet
You may have noticed that the double door arch was in multiple categories. This is because doors, entrances, shapes of arches, and placement can all vary. It is best to speak to your balloon decor designer about your event to know which category and size are you are looking for.
What is the price per linear foot of a balloon arch?
A classic 4-balloon cluster balloon arch starts at a price of $14.50 per linear foot. Before we continue, let’s determine which type of balloon arch you are looking for. There are four main varieties of balloon arch. Each are priced differently and will be addressed as such. There is the standard classic decor air-filled balloon arch, the helium filled balloon arch, the new trendy organic balloon arch (or partial arch), and finally there is a catch-all category we will label a custom arch sculpture. We will first discuss prices on the helium arches, the air-filled, and then the price for cascading organic balloon arch options.
Helium Arch Options
There are 3 different types of helium arches to choose from, 4 if you count a mixture of them. There are traditional classic helium arches made up of “string of Pearls” and there are also quicklink arches consisting of specialty balloons which can be tied end to end. The classic string of pearls used to be the cheapest option for arches, but with the prices of helium increasing so rapidly, this may not be the case for long. Spending the helium money on other party supplies might stretch the event theme budget a little farther.
- String of Pearls Arch is $5 per linear foot
- Quicklink (or Linking arch or Link O Loon arch) is $6 per linear foot
If you wish to add foils to your arch or if you wanted to do an all foil arch, that is typically priced in a per piece basis. Some companies still offer a per foot pricing, but have a small fee for each additional balloon. You can look to pay anywhere from $6 to $30 for most foil helium balloons. This difference in price is based on the size of the foil and the amount of helium that it holds or requires to float.
- Word / Number Arches start at $225 and includes up to 4 numbers.
- Additional numbers or letters are $25 each.
- Other helium foils vary between $10 – $35 per balloon.
Though helium balloon arches can be placed outside, they typically are reserved for indoor events only as the elements outdoors can blown them around and make them less elegant. Whenever balloon decor is placed outside, there is a chance that the balloon decor company may charge an additional fee. Especially with helium balloon decor, some companies will charge an environmental impact type fee to help offset the releases of helium balloons into the environment.
Air-filled Classic Balloon Arches
The most common arch that we build and delivery for clients is the classic spiral balloon arch or packed design arch. This arch is built with clusters of up to 4 colors of latex balloons in a repeating pattern of some sort that creates a gorgeous display of festivity for an event. These arches are priced by the linear foot and are fairly simple to estimate for prices. Once you know the linear foot you are looking for, it is just a matter of asking the decorator which arch sizes are their standard sizes and then getting the price for that particular sized arch. Below is a simple balloon pricing chart to reference for your event.
|Arch Size in Linear Feet
|Cost of Standard Balloon Arch (before delivery)
|30 linear feet
|40 linear feet
Organic Balloon Arch Prices – Per Linear Foot
Arches and columns are bulked together a little bit in the costs of organic balloons section. This is because most people that are asking for an organic balloon arch are actually wanting an organic balloon column with some additional pieces of organic decor to make it look pretty. At least, from the decorator’s perspective, they are constructed in very similar ways. Organic pricing can be difficult to pin down. So, to make things easier, we have created an organic balloon price guide to help explain organic balloon garland and its costs.
Base Price List for Organic Garland
- Up to 5 Colors/2 balloon sizes (11″ standard colors): $28 per linear ft
- Up to 2 additional colors: +$10/ft
- Additional balloon size (16″): +$10/ft
- Additional balloon size (3′): +$15/ft
- Additional balloon size (5″): +$15/ft
- Specialty balloons (pearls/chromes/glitter/confetti/agates/custom imprinted): +$20/ft
- Silk or Fresh Florals: +$30/ft
- Double Stuffed / Foils: +$75/ft
When it comes to organic pricing, there are a number of factors to consider. To have an organic piece that takes only 4 colors may require purchasing as much as 20 bags of balloons. This massive amount of inventory needed to create the sculpture is just one small aspect of the pricing. Further, it takes much more time to put together an organic piece of decoration. An organic arch can cost even more if it is outside or if a specialty frame must be built to support the piece.
At YTE Events and Balloon Decor, we have mastered the organic balloon decorations and are able to help you by designing a custom decor piece just for you. We do our best to keep your costs down, find creative ways to rig your decor, and make sure that you have the best possible price for your event.
Additional Fees for a balloon arch
With any balloon delivery, you are likely going to have some sort of additional fees. Most companies do not offer free shipping. It is smart to expect and plan for a delivery fee, a setup cost, and a strike fee. These additional balloon decor costs are not included in most pricing structures. So, just be aware when you are calling about balloon decorations for your event.
- Delivery: $125 – $350
- Breakdown: $50 – $200
- Outdoor Setup: $50 – $350
- Rush Order: $50 – $800
- After Hours Delivery: $50 – $350
If you would like to book a balloon decorator or if you would like to speak to our balloon decor design team about how we can help provide a balloon arch for your event, please contact us via our event request form. YTE Events strives to provide the highest quality of professionalism with our entertainment and balloon decor.
When it comes to balloon decor, there are tons of arches that can be chosen from. The arches you have priced out for your event can be classic decor, helium or air filled, and can even be organic. Though those make up the majority of arches that people ask for, there are also other types of arches that people may requests that have specialized pricing. The following are a few examples of custom arch designs that do not really fall into the standard balloon arch categories. Each of these balloon arches are priced according to the arch, the time to create them, the product needed, and the specialty framing involved.
If you are looking for a more DIY style, then balloon arch kits or a balloon garland arch kit might be the way to do your own party decorations.
For booking requests, please contact YTE Events and Balloon Decor at 813-310-5900.