Frequently Asked Questions
I don't know what to order, can you help?
When is payment due? How do I pay?
Payment is due at the time of purchase. All payments are taken securely online with a credit or debit card via our Shopify website.
Your date is not confirmed until the 25% non-refundable deposit is paid. Balance must be paid before the event date.
For custom balloon installations less than 2 weeks out, payment is due at the time of booking.
For custom balloon installations, more than 2 weeks out 25% is due at the time of booking.
The balance is due at least 48 hours before the event. You will receive a link via email to pay the deposit and a reminder will be sent out 1 week before the event to pay the balance.
All payments are taken securely online with a credit or debit card via the Square platform.*
*In some instances, business checks, purchase orders, or Net30 terms may be accepted. Please contact us for prior approval.
How long should my balloons last?
West Michigan Balloons uses decorator balloons and other high-quality materials to ensure beautiful colors and longevity of our décor.
Latex and foil air-filled displays should be expected to look nice and fresh for about a week. You'll notice they generally last much longer.
Latex balloons treated with hi-float, 1-3 days.
Foil balloons generally float days, if not weeks.
Outdoor Air-filled and Helium
Balloons are unpredictable outdoors and we are unable to offer any guarantee of longevity as exposure to elements such as heat/cold, wind, etc. affects how the balloons will react.
*We are not responsible for popped or damaged balloons after delivery or pick up.
What do I do with my balloons once the event is over?
For everyday balloon deliveries, properly dispose of the balloons when you're done with them.
For décor items that require a stand (such as classic arches, circles, frames, walls, etc.) West Michigan Balloons will return at a previously scheduled time to remove the stand, pop, and properly dispose of the balloons. There is no additional cost for this service.
For décor items that do not require a stand, you are responsible for removing and properly disposing of your items. If you'd like us to take down your balloons, this is available for a strike fee. The fee is dependent upon location but is generally $30 + delivery fee and must be added at time of booking.
Were you called Lakeshore Balloons before?
Yes! We are still the same friendly company with the same wonderful designs. We expanded our service area so we updated our name! We hope you like the new name and colors as much as we do.
Is there a helium shortage?!
Yes and no. There isn't a shortage of the actual gas, but it is scarce and therefore, more expensive to mine. A helium tank that cost $140 3 years ago, is now over $300. So we have helium, but it's not neccesarily a budget friendly option right now. Luckily, over 90% of our balloon designs are air filled so helium isn't too much of a worry for us.
What is your cancellation policy?
Balloon gift pick-up and deliveries are non-refundable.
Date/time changes will be accommodated based on availability. If we are not able to accommodate the change, you can cancel for a store credit to be used toward a future purchase.
If it is less than 24 hours before the delivery no changes can be made and no refund will be given.
Balloon décor orders are non-refundable. The deposit is taken to hold your date and is non-refundable.
Date/time changes will be accommodated based on availability. If we are not able to accommodate the change, your order may be canceled, but your 25% deposit will be forfeited.
If it is less than 48 hours before the delivery no changes can be made and no refund will be given.
West Michigan Balloons cannot be held responsible for inclement weather or any situation that may cause your event to be canceled or postponed.
If West Michigan Balloons is unable to complete your order, due to fault of their own, you will be notified as soon as possible and a full refund will be given immediately.
Will my balloons look exactly like the picture?
Whether you provide an inspiration pic or choose from one of ours, each piece of balloon decor is unique and different. The placement of balloons, the shade of each color, the shape of a garland, etc., may be slightly different than the photo. We always strive to get as close as possible to the inspiration, but we use our creative judgment and expertise to put the balloons together to make it look the best possible.
Do you provide backdrops or other non-balloon items?
No, sorry! We specialize in balloons and balloons only! We feel it is in the best interest of our business to focus solely on balloons to give you the best experience possible.
We do however have wonderful vendors that we love to refer. If you're looking for backdrops, marquee lighting, event planning services, and more, send us an email and we will send you our preferred vendor list.
Are balloons safe for the environment? What are smart balloon practices?
Latex balloons are made from the sap of rubber trees and are 100% biodegradable.
Foil balloons are not bio-degradable and should only be disposed of properly. Foil balloons can also be reused.
We encourage all of our clients to follow safe and smart balloon practices.
NEVER release balloons into the air. It is a hazard to animals and the environment. Balloon releases are banned in many states for this reason. West Michigan Balloons does not condone balloon releases and will never provide balloons knowingly for this practice.
Foil balloons should NEVER be released as they may conduct electricity and can become entangled in power lines. Always keep foil balloons secured to a weight.
WARNING! Children can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Adult supervision is required. Keep uninflated balloons away from children. Discard broken balloons at once.
NEVER put balloons in your mouth.
Be aware of any adults or children that may have a latex allergy. Anyone with an allergy should refrain from having contact with any latex balloon structures.
NEVER inhale helium from balloons. Helium inhalation can lead to dizziness, loss of consciousness, or other serious injuries.
Some gift and decor items may contain small pieces and are a choking hazard. Always supervise children and enjoy responsibly.
West Michigan Balloons is not responsible for any accident or injury related to our décor.