First time event planners are often surprised by the vast number of lanyard options out there. Who knew you didn’t just go on a website and type “lanyard” and pick a color, right?? So here is a quick guide to answer most of your questions. Hopefully it helps when choosing the best lanyard for your event.
Most lanyards at events are .5″ – 1″. I find the ideal comfort to be .75″ myself. At one inch, it’s starting to chaff against the neck. At a half inch, it’s too narrow to really display any logo.
I think these suck. It just means they are hollow on the inside. So you pay more for a thicker lanyard. They are slightly more durable and often a little softer, just based on how they are made.
There are three popular ways of getting a logo on a lanyard:
- Nylon or Screen Printing: This is where a layer of paint is set on top of the lanyard. This is the cheapest and fastest way of ordering lanyards, often needing just 7 days with shipping. It is also utter crap. NEVER get this colored, as I’ve had experiences where the dye stains peoples clothing on hot days. Even plain white tends to chip off and just look cheap.
- Woven: This is when the logo is actually woven into the lanyard. It can look really professional, but is usually the costliest option and takes quite awhile. Expect 20+ days for delivery.
- Dye Sublimated: This is my favorite by far. This is when the ink is pressed into the lanyard and so looks like it’s just part of the material. It doesn’t come out, ever, and is still affordable. It still is a long print process, so expect 20+ days for delivery.
OTHER NON-LANYARD OPTIONS:
Yes, you do have other options! Here are a few I have tried and my thoughts on them:
- Pins: Oh please Lord, these need to be eradicated. Do you know how expensive people’s suits or blouses might be at your event? And you are asking them to pin something to the material? This shows a thoughtless and careless organizer.
- Bulldog Clips: I actually really like this, as they ensure your name tag always faces forward, isn’t hanging on an ugly lanyard, and doesn’t damage clothing. However, many women’s blouses have no good places to clip these, so it still has downsides.
- Nylon Chord: This is what comes with those Avery kits you can get at office supply stores. It’s the cheapest and fastest option, and it also ensures names always face the right way. But it doesn’t fit in all badge holders, and falls out easily, so it should really just be a safe last-minute option.
I could wax endlessly on badges, but mostly I say: 3×4″, double-sided if you are using lanyards so the name is always visible. Larger and it becomes burdensome. Smaller and you can’t get all the text on it.