Thursday, August 23, 2012

Party Decor Trend - Printable Backdrop Costs

As I mentioned in my previous post, custom printable backdrops are popping up all over the place in high style parties!  In this post I will focus on how much you can expect to spend for designing and printing one for your next party!

DESIGN SERVICES

Custom-designed backdrops (designed from scratch to meet your specs) typically start at $65 and can range to the low $100s when ordering from my shop.  Pre-made designs can be purchased for considerably less, currently in my shop for $10 to $15.  When purchasing backdrop designs, the most important thing is to make sure you have a high resolution file so that the printed product does not appear grainy.  I recommend a minimum of 300 pixels per inch at the actual size.

PRINTING SERVICES

Local:
Printing services at stores such as Office DepotStaples, and Office Max vary by location.  For instance, in Murfreesboro, TN the maximum width they will print in store is 24".  However, Staples will outsource the printing for a hefty fee of ~$140 for a foam core mounted 36" x 36" print.

If you are lucky enough to have these stores provide large format printing in your area, you can expect to pay approximately $40 for a 36" x 36" poster on glossy paper (pricing from a New Jersey store).   This is a rolled poster and not applied to any sort of foam core.  You could save some money by purchasing your own foam core and spray adhesive and assembling it on your own.  There are also some cheaper paper options to choose from.

These stores prefer to work with pdf files uploaded to their website or emailed directly to your local store (you will have to call and ask them for the email address).

Online:
Another affordable option is to have it printed as a custom vinyl banner at an online shop such as StickersBanners.com.  I have not used this online store but a client has and recommends it.  I will be doing a test print and will let you know how it turns out!  The website is not easy to navigate but if you can figure it out you will be rewarded with great savings!  A 36" x 36" vinyl poster is $15.21 + $9.95 ground shipping.
A 72" x 36" vinyl poster is $30.42 + $9.95 ground shipping.  They also print step and repeat backdrops like you see in Hollywood! You provide the image and they will take care of the step and repeat layout.


If you're in Australia:
Officeworks is highly recommended and approximate rates for a rolled up poster on bond paper are $50 for 2 meter x 1 meter and $38 for A0 Size.

Hopefully this answers some of your questions about custom backdrops and they will be less intimidating to use.  You can spend a lot of money or go the more affordable route, but either way, you are sure to make a stunning statement!


Design by Green Beansie Ink, styling by Little Big Company

Design by Green Beansie Ink, styling by The Couture Candy Buffet Company






Saturday, August 11, 2012

Party Decor Trend - Custom Printable Backdrops

Custom printable backdrops are popping up all over the party world lately!  They are most commonly used as a backer for dessert tables - but can be used in many creative ways.  This is a nice way for the party planner to pay a little extra money for the graphic designer to take on extra work in order to ease the long "to-do" list required when pulling a gorgeous party together.  Here are some examples of printable backdrops in use:

1.  Dessert table backer and focal point:       2.  Welcome sign focal point on an easel:


baptism, birthday, party, dessert table, printable, green beansie ink, The Sweet Society
Design by Green Beansie Ink, styling by The Sweet Society
birthday, party, dessert table, printable, green beansie ink, glam, welcome sign, Little Big Company
Design by Green Beansie Ink, styling by
Little Big Company
3.  Hanging backdrop at activity table - draws the eye in and defines the space:

birthday, party, dessert table, printable, green beansie ink, fanciful events
Design by Green Beansie Ink, styling by Fanciful Events
4. As a small portion of a large backdrop:
prom, birthday, party, dessert table, printable, green beansie ink, wedding, Party Patisserie
Design by Lillian Kate, styling by Party Patisserie
5.  As a huge focal point backdrop running the full length of a wedding dessert table:
baptism, wedding, birthday, party, dessert table, printable, green beansie ink, The Little Big Company
Design by Lillian Kate, styling by Little Big Company
6.  Another huge backdrop to set the scene but not used as a focal point.
baptism, birthday, party, dessert table, printable, green beansie ink, Little Big Company
Design by Green Beansie Ink, styling by Little Big Company


Stay tuned for my next post discussing pricing!


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