On Trend Wedding Balloon Decor Course hosted by GO International:

Price per Delegate – £125 + vat

Wedding Balloon Decor Course hosted by GO International on 27th July 2021

This course is taking place in the stunning barns of Knebworth House, a popular luxury wedding venue on the outskirts of Hertfordshire. Perfect for balloon decorators looking to learn new wedding décor skills or increase their confidence with organics and make their debut in the wedding market.

During the course you will learn how to:
• Create a stunning organic half arch from initial frame construction, arch creation using organic balloon principals to adding those perfect floral finishing touches.
• Create stunning, elegant, sellable table designs with the beautiful perfectly clear aqua balloons
• Work with large balloons, and ensure they are fit for a wedding venue using tassels, lights, vinyl and foliage
• Create beautiful centrepieces with tulle and how to dress with florals including helpful ideas on how to tailor these for a variety of clients budgets

You will also learn:
• A multitude of industry specific hints, tips and techniques
• Principles and Elements of Design
• Job Costing and how to ensure you price for profit!

Benefits of this course:
• Fantastic opportunity to construct various balloon designs and capture portfolio images in the stunning wedding barns at Knebworth House for your website and social media advertising.
• A mixture of hands-on training and instructor demonstrations
• Gain confidence in pricing your designs and ensuring your business is profitable
• Gain confidence using a variety of different balloons on how to inflate, use and create beautiful balloon displays.
• Network with other balloonies and wedding businesses and create business relationships.
• Free all-day refreshments and lunch included
• Free parking at the venue
• Easy access via taxi (10 minutes) from Knebworth or Stevenage Train Station with fast trains to and from London King’s Cross (approx. 25 mins train dependant)

COVID-19 Safety & Guidance
We will ask each delegate to comply with any government guidelines with regards to face masks, social distancing and venue health and safety guidelines.
Class numbers and the layout of the class will be adjusted to make allowances for social distancing, hand sanitisers will be readily available.
For queries with regards to this course please contact social@gointernational.co.uk

Cancellation Policy:

GO International Cancellations and Amendments Policy.
All requests for cancellations and/or transfers must be received in writing to social@gointernational.co.uk
Cancellations will become effective on the date of written confirmation being received. The appropriate cancellation charge will apply based on the cost of your booking (excluding any card processing fees and/or booking fees previously applied), as shown below.

Calendar days notice before the start date of the event Refund applicable
15 calendar days or more 50% refund of basic attendance fee or a full credit to be used against a future training course.
Between 1 and 14 calendar days (inclusive) No refund will be given
Failure to attend/On the day cancellation No refund will be given

In the event the course needs to be cancelled by GO International due to government restrictions you will be able to transfer your booking to another date for the same course. In the event there is no suitable alternative course availability, you will be offered a full refund.

Hosted by: GO International – Balloon & Party Wholesaler

Instructors :

Paula Ardron-Gemmell – Pink Tree Parties
Liz Milligan – Executive Events & Balloons
Claire Carney – Claire Carney Floral & Balloon Designs
Sharon O’Bryan – Luxury Bows & Roses

Location: Knebworth Barns Conference and Banqueting Centre
Knebworth House,
Old Knebworth Ln,
Knebworth SG3 6PY

Date & Time: Tuesday 27th July 0900-1600hrs

Course Fee: £150.00 (£125.00 plus V.A.T)

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NABAS Approved Course – Air-filled Decor and Aqua Balloons:

NABAS the leading UK Balloon and Party Association is bringing you the opportunity to rise above the current helium issues and focus on air-filled decor to increase your profitability and portfolio.

Orbz, Bubbles and Tulle Covered Balloon centrepieces on a variety of poles and bases, plus all-air linking balloon arches and the fabulous new Aqua Balloons with various air-filled finishes, as high perceived value table centrepieces. Introducing techniques for shimmer, bead and feather aqua balloons.

Lunch, refreshments, NABAS certifications, course notes and after-course support group come as part of your training.

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Intermediate Silhouette Cameo:

Once you’ve mastered the silhouette cameo for text, tracing images, importing fonts, welding, curving and simple layering, you may want to know more of what the silhouette cameo is capable of. This next level course doesn’t cover everything this fabulous machine can create, but delves a little deeper into common techniques useful for the balloon and party industry.

– Print and Cut for coloured images

– Logo printing

– Intricate multi-coloured layering

– Etching onto glass

– Fabric printing & heat presses

– Point editing

– Other uses

Please note, this course is more supported if you have a laptop, rather than a MAC or Mac book as sadly Apple is a mystery to me!

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Deco Bubbles, Giant Balloons and an Introduction to Organics:

– correct inflation of bubble balloons
– lift abilities
– latex balloons inside bubbles
– foil balloons inside bubbles
– confetti bubbles
– feather bubbles
– tulle covered decos and 3ft balloons
– colour changer giant 3ft balloons
– introduction to organics in displays

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Basic Level Silhouette Cameo:

Delegates please bring your own cameo machine and laptop (please note Apple MAC are a mystery to me so I can’t assist with technical issues relating to these) as its hands on instruction:

PLEASE NOTE: This course is for beginners

Due to the nature of the course, this will be limited to a maximum 8 delegates to ensure that everyone gets the most from the day. Please ensure the software is loaded onto your PC and is up to date and usable.

1) Downloading fonts

2) Welding of text

3) Increasing fine fonts so easier to cut

4) Sizing for use on balloons

5) Tracing

6) Basic layering for vinyls

7) Understanding cutting mats, transfer tape, tools

8) Where and what to buy

9) Cardstock uses

WhatsApp after-course support group and all stock supplied.

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Beginners Guide to Silhouette Cameo:

Delegates please bring your own cameo machine and laptop as its hands on instruction:

1) Setting up the Silhouette Cameo explaining various media, blades, pens, speed and settings
2) Downloading fonts and typing simple text
3) Welding and offsetting
4) Using basic shapes and curving text around a shape
5) Sizing the design for different balloons and accessories
6) Importing images and Tracing tips
7) Saving files and creating templates
8) Cutting with and without a cutting mat
9) Weaving and use of tools
10) Using Backing Tape to transfer designs
11) Single colour designs
12) Basic layering

This is a BASIC course – if you can already use your cameo for text and basics then consider an intermediate course or a one-to-one session.

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Organic balloon training

NABAS Approved Course – Classic versus Organic Décor:

Price per Delegate – £199 (£166.67 + VAT) – MAX 6 students

This course shows the differences between the more fluid organic style versus the more classic and structured columns and arches.

Covering centrepieces, columns and arches, you will be able to see how both styles are created and implemented into décor, as well as realising how the materials, time and, crucially, job-costings differ along the way.

Learning tips and techniques, through a combination of demonstration and hands-on build, you will leave the course feeling confident with both styles and realise how both involve set design principles, just implemented differently.

Framework including Aeropole and backdrops are a crucial part of the day, understanding the risks associated with installation and how to cost are all covered in this course.

So whether you prefer the speed of classic, or the individuality of organic this course will give you all you need to know.

Includes NABAS certification, course notes and after-course support group.

Please note under current restrictions we are unable to provide refreshments or lunch, so please bring your own.


NABAS certified Deco Bubbles versus Aqua Balloons:

Maximum 6 Students

£180 per person (discount for NABAS members)

The beautiful Aqua Balloons are made by the same company who manufacture the deco bubbles, Takara Kosan in Japan.

Both of these clear bubble balloons will play a major part in professional décor – this course shows you how to use both correctly and when to use them to get the most impact in your displays.

It shows the similarities and differences between them both and give your hand-on experience in using both balloons effectively. We also look at the Amscan Clearz balloons as well as CE Approved LED lights with bubble balloons.

Covering a lot of the standard deco bubble techniques, you’ll also learn about bead aqua balloons, foils inside deco bubbles, flowers with ad without water inside the aqua balloons, and crucially job costing the displays.

This is an intermediate/advanced course and requires that you have experience in dealing and handling balloons already.

Course notes and after-course support group come as part of your training. but under COVID restrictions we’re unable to provide food or refreshments.

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NABAS Level 1 Balloon & Business Basics:

Essential for anyone starting a balloon business – it not only explains all about different balloons, inflation and equipment but also the way to price jobs for profit and market your business to generate customers:

Some of the topics covered include:
– Explanation of different gases and equipment
– Safety and handling
– Principles and Elements of Design
– Marketing and Promotional advice
– Pricing for Profit and Job Costing
– Correct inflation of various types of balloons, sealing and tying, arranging into displays, arches and garlands
– Calculations of helium capacity used in balloons
– The science behind balloons and gases
– Effects of temperature and altitude on balloons
– Manufacturers and wholesalers
– History of NABAS and it’s place in the Balloon Industry
– Codes of Conduct
– Understanding business, overheads, expenses and insurances
– Pricing for profit and job costing
Plus much more including tips and techniques to help you troubleshoot and kick-start your business with confidence.

Also upon completion of the Level 1 course you not only get an industry recognised qualification and certificate, but also 10% off your first year membership to NABAS – The Balloon Association – which includes the most comprehensive liability insurance in the industry, access to a members-only business support, webinars and forms, quarterly trade magazine, access to our closed Facebook group and lots of other benefits – please see www.nabas.co.uk

As part of the course you’ll also get me as your point of contact for any questions you may have in the future – I’m always here to support and help you with your journey.

Just £250 per Delegate, maximum 6 delegates

Please note under current restrictions we are unable to provide refreshments or lunch, so please bring your own.

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