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Paper Wristbands or Vinyl Wristbands

As you begin planning your event, you are faced with a ton of decisions, like catering, venue, and dress code. The type of wristbands you choose for your event should be a pretty easy one. The type of wristband you choose should be contingent upon price and durability. This article will act as a guide for you as you decide between paper wristbands and vinyl wristbands.


Wristbands really are not expensive items in the big scheme of things. You will likely spend much more on your venue or catering than you will on wristbands. Don’t get me wrong, if you are expecting hundreds or thousands of guests, you will have to incorporate it into your event budget. As of January of 2023, a standard pack of 500 paper wristbands costs $17.90. However, if you want them customized to your event, they may cost a little more, but it is worth the added security.

On the other hand, the most basic vinyl wristbands cost $51.50 for 500 bands. These can also be customized, of course. Vinyl wristbands also offer different functionalities than other types of wristbands. For instance, if alcohol is being served at your event and you wish to control how much your guests drink, you can use drink ticket wristbands. These wristbands have tabs that can be pulled from the band and redeemed for refreshments, or used as raffle tickets. We also offer wide bands that afford you the opportunity to add more personalization.

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Durability is the second factor to consider before purchasing wristbands. Paper wristbands offer less durability, but are perfect for events lasting up to 48 hours. It is important to note that while they are caller ‘paper wristbands’, they are actually made from Dupont Tyvek, a recyclable and synthetic material. These bands are waterproof and tear-resistant.

Vinyl wristbands are manufactured for maximum durability and comfort. Our three-layer construction allows them to stay on one’s wrist comfortably for up to two weeks. Summer camps, music festivals, and other long-term events typically prefer vinyl wristbands for this reason.

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Customize Your Wristband to Your Event

Regardless of the style of wristband you choose for your event, adding customization adds an element of fun to your boring old wristbands. We pride ourselves on making this an easy process for you so you can get back to planning important aspects of your event. Simply follow these steps to create the perfect wristband!

Step One: Select Preview Colors

These preview colors are simply to help you visualize your amazing design. You will select colors and quantities in a later step. Select your band color as well as your imprint (font) color. When you are done, click Next Step.

Step Two: Add Text

To begin, click Add New Text. From here, you can experiment with different fonts and font sizes. Keep in mind that you can add more than one text box by selecting Add New Text again. Feel free to play around with this until you create the perfect design. Be sure to check your spelling. Our machines cannot proofread for you and will print whatever is given to them. When you are ready, click Next Step.

Step Three: Add Graphics

To begin adding graphics, simply select Add Graphic. Then click Change under the box that reads No Logo. From there, you can choose clipart that we have free and available to you, or upload your own graphics or logo from your computer. Be sure to view all of our graphics by browsing through the dropdown menu. When you are done adding graphics to your wristband, click Next Step.

Step Four: Finalize the Design

Last call! Give your design one more proof. If it looks good, check the box that reads I approve this design. Then click Approve & Select Colors. Now you can select the exact colors and quantities you want for your next event. Once finished, add your designs to your cart and complete your order. We will get to work on creating your wristbands as fast as we can.

Need Support?

If you still have questions or need additional support, start a chat with a live representative in the bottom right corner of your screen. We look forward to helping you throw a great event with our quality wristbands!


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