More than just brightly coloured bracelets, custom wristbands are multi-purpose tools that are used right throughout the world. A global phenomenon, custom wristbands play an essential role in many industries and can be found at recreational venues, health care institutions, government facilities and more. Thanks to continual advancements in modern technology, wristbands are available in a myriad of different styles, colours and materials, offering consumers unprecedented levels of customisation.
Considerations When Buying Wristbands
With so many wristband styles available to consumers, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of each material as well as key considerations that must be made regarding size, material and colour.
Whether it’s for purely aesthetic reasons or identification purposes, careful consideration must be given when deciding the colour of your custom wristbands. There are many things that influence wristband colour, such as:
- Your company brand – when used for marketing purposes, your wristband’s colours will be based upon that of your company’s. Remember though that while some types of wristbands can be PMS matched, others may be limited by materials and stock available.
- Emotional Connotations – colours evoke strong feelings of emotion within us. For example, blue is often associated with tranquility, red with anger, green with nature and so on. This being the case, if you are looking to use your wristbands as a promotional device for a particular organisation or for a charity event, your custom wristband colours should reflect the emotions associated with their primary service or in the case of the charity event, purpose. For recreational venues, fluro-coloured wristbands are commonly used, as they help convey a sense of fun and excitement, and are also easy for staff to see.
- Operating Conditions – if you’re working in low-level lighting conditions or a patron attending a night-time concert, it’s important to have wristband colours that are readily visible to other personnel. Tyvek wristbands are available in a range of neon colours for this purpose.
Regardless of application, it’s essential to have wristbands that fit patrons of all sizes. This is of particular importance in health care institutions such as hospitals, where wristbands range from the smallest (for use with infants), right up to large adults and patients suffering from swelling of the limbs. For adult venues, such as nightclubs and live music festivals, it is often sufficient to have just one size because identification wristbands are adjustable in size.
Custom Wristbands are commonly manufactured in several different materials, including Tyvek, Plastic, Fabric, Vinyl, Silicone and Woven. Each material has it’s own pros and cons and it’s important to understand the limitations of each.
Tyvek – comprised of high-density polyethylene fibres, Tyvek is a lightweight, strong and highly durable synthetic material that is commonly used in nightclubs, events and recreational venues. Tyvek is relatively inexpensive and 100% waterproof, tear-proof and comes in a variety styles such as plain, patterned, stub and barcoded.
Plastic – a preferred choice for festivals, fairs and all manner of outdoor events, plastic wristbands possess superior strength properties to Tyvek and is totally water resistant – even to prolonged exposure, making them ideal for use at water parks or multi-day events. Plastic wristbands allow for high-resolution, full colour images to be printed on them and contain a highly secure locking mechanism. These premium qualities do come at a cost however and plastic wristbands are typically more expensive than other alternative materials.
Silicone – more common than a cold day in Canada, silicone wristbands are cheap, vibrant and versatile, making them an ideal choice for many events, such as concerts, fundraising, branding and even political campaigns. With options to have text embossed, debossed, or printed into the silicone itself, these wristbands provide a cost-effective solution that delivers maximum impact with minimal outlay. Unlike other wristbands, silicone wristbands don’t have security mechanisms built in and are almost exclusively used for promotional purposes.
Woven – suitable for multi-day events and offering a high degree of comfort and security, woven wristbands are comprised of a durable polyester and are used at many major venues around the world. Woven wristbands are fully customisable, with personalised logos or text woven directly into the fabric, providing an attractive solution that is often retained as a souvenir or memento of an event. These wristbands are equipped with first class locking mechanisms, making them an excellent choice for venues where security is a high priority.
The Design Process
Thanks to modern web technologies, you no longer need to guess what your custom wristband designs are going to look like. All reputable suppliers now provide online Wristband Design Studios, allowing you to quickly and easily hammer out concept designs and alter colours, text and images in real-time, as well as choose your desired wristband style.
Although this is a great way to obtain an accurate idea of what your final wristband design will look like, due to inconsistencies with colour interpretation on individual monitors, it’s a good idea to seek out what’s known as a PMS Colour Chart, to ensure that your wristbands will be identical to the colour that you’ve selected. Beyond this, each individual wristband supplier will possess their own list of policies regarding the submission of custom artwork files, artwork approval and so on. In addition, most suppliers will readily send a product sample to you upon request, typically for a small fee, enabling you a first-hand look at the custom wristbands build quality.
The Final Word
With so many wristband styles available on the market to consumers today, coupled with the ability to quickly obtain high quality mockups using online wristband design studios, choosing an accurate representation of your final custom wristband design has never been easier. Even so, it’s extremely important to carefully consider the applications of your wristband and determine what colours, materials and sizes are most appropriate.
Each wristband style carries its own pros and cons and offers varying degrees of durability, resistance to wear and tear, waterproofing and security mechanisms, all of which have a bearing on price. Whether you’re using them for a large scale charity event, marketing purposes or simply a minor recreational gathering, wristbands are an investment and working closely with your wristband supplier is the best way to guarantee great results.
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