You've probably seen them on your insta feed, featured at some of the coolest events around town and bringing a pop of colour and glam at wedding celebrations. We caught by with Shirlene from Gem Balloons and asked her how the business came about and why balloon garlands make for the ultimate addition to your wedding.
New Zealand Weddings : What inspired you to start Gem Balloons?
Balloons are always the first decoration that catch my eye at events because they’re all about creating a fun and cheerful atmosphere. Having seen various balloons and their ability to elevate the glam-factor of an event, I decided to research and source my own balloons and decorationa. Paired with my passion for event styling, I put two and two together to create a business that offers eye-catching decoration, with our signature bubble balloons being the mainstay and custom event styling.
What services do Gem Balloons offer?
Gem Balloons offers both retail or balloon decoration and styling services. Our online store showcases a selection of readily available balloon decoration kits of various styles, sizes, colours and can be delivered nationwide. For those looking for something exclusive and have a decoration style in mind, we can be reached via social media and our online contact form to work together on designing decorations and installation where suitable. Nothing is out of limits, we cater to all requests, for all events!
What are some of your most popular products for weddings? Why are they a great addition to wedding day décor?
Rose Gold and Blossom Pink Deluxe Bubble Balloons are our best-selling product. Rose Gold kits have a luxury feel and Blossom Pink kits are a delicate and classic colour way. When arranged and placed strategically, they make a statement at weddings and this has proved to be the case with their appearance in photos on social media!
What trends do you see for balloon garlands in 2019?
Balloon garlands are becoming increasingly popular due to their appearances on social media at major events held by celebrities and commercial organisations. While buying for 2018 Christmas stock, I noticed a large availability of delicate pastel colours, which correlates with recent social media trends of these particular colours being used alone or in combination with other colours in balloon garlands and other balloon creations to decorate events. I feel this will explode even further in 2019 and anticipating to use these colour schemes for our wedding clients.
Do you have a favourite style of balloon garlands to create?
To be completely honest, I haven’t favoured any particular creation more than others as I am always learning and advancing with each design. I find myself falling in love with balloon garlands all over again with each new creation.
Do you service anywhere in the country, or just Auckland?
Auckland is our largest clientele for both online orders and on-site installation. However, we cater to nationwide requests – online orders can be delivered to most of the country and on-site services can be discussed where applicable.
What’s the best way to get in touch for a quote?
Anything else you’d like to add?
You’d be surprised to see what can be achieved with simple arrangement, shape and colour design of balloons, they’re increasingly being taken to the next level for all events and all ages. Plain, flimsy rubber balloons are a thing of the past!