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Decorators on Thumbtack cost$850 - $1200

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133 Decorators found near you!

  • Lowest price:$390
  • Most common low price:$850
  • Most common high price:$1200
  • Highest price:$2500

How much does an event decorator cost?

Professional event decorators offer services for weddings, birthday parties, baby showers, anniversary parties, children’s parties, corporate events, fundraisers and more. Services include design consultation, event decor rental, decor setup, decor breakdown and decor disposal. Professional decorators can help with intimate affairs for only a few guests or for large festivals with hundreds of attendees. Frequently requested furniture, supplies and decorations include chairs, tables, tablecloths and linens, tableware, centerpieces, room or ceiling draping, lighting, umbrellas, outdoor heaters, foam machines, fog machines, and more. Some professional decorators can also help secure a venue. Many factors affect the cost of professional event decoration.

Number of guests

The larger the event, the higher the cost for professional event decoration. Event decorators often provide table centerpieces, special lighting, backdrops, ornamental touches, party gifts and equipment rentals. The higher the guest count, more of these items will be needed, making costs higher. According to Parties and Events NW in Vancouver, Washington, the average cost for wedding decor is approximately $2,000, but any large-scale event will have similar decor costs.

Custom items

Items made especially for an event, such as themed centerpieces, cost more than using items that decorators already have or can easily rent. Custom items cost more because they require skilled labor to make. In addition, customers pay for the materials needed as well as the decorator’s time spent shopping for them. Specialty items have a one-time use, so decorators cannot defray the cost over time by reusing them, so customers must absorb those costs.

Sample events

Event decoration costs vary widely depending on how much labor and time is required by the decorators, and how many items are custom made. Here are some example prices from Parties and Events NW for specific events:

  • Bat mitzvah: $580

    • 45 hanging lanterns (delivery, setup, breakdown, removal): $375

    • 12 pieces of glassware for candy bar, actual candy not included (delivery, setup, breakdown, removal): $95

    • Custom-made glitter signs: $25

    • Labor for setup and breakdown of items not provided by event decoration company: $85

  • Sample wedding 1: $2,120

    • Approximately 305 guests

      • Sequin reception backdrop measuring 9x20 feet (delivery, setup, breakdown, cleaning): $775

      • 305 chair sashes (delivery, tying into bow on each chair, removal, cleaning): $442

      • Ceremony backdrop measuring 9x10 feet (delivery, setup, breakdown, cleaning): $400

      • 305 cloth napkins (delivery, setup, breakdown, cleaning): $305

      • 33 table runners (delivery, setup, breakdown, cleaning): $198

      • Requires a $1,060 (or 50 percent) deposit)

  • Sample wedding 2: $1,773

    • Intimate wedding with luxe details

      • Cake and candy buffet package, including custom cloth backdrop with floral accents measuring 7x8 feet, six pieces of glassware for candy, glass cake stand, handmade labels for candy (delivery, setup, breakdown, removal): $425

      • Draped ceremony archway (delivery, setup, breakdown, removal): $345

      • 45 hanging paper lanterns with LED lights (delivery, setup, breakdown, removal): $375

      • Labor for setup and breakdown of items not provided by event decoration company: $245

      • 20 table runners (delivery, setup, breakdown, cleaning): $190

      • 95 gold plate chargers @ $1.25 each (delivery, setup, breakdown, cleaning): $118.75

      • Two buffet tablecloths (delivery, setup, breakdown, removal): $60

      • Sashes for bride and groom seats (delivery, setup, breakdown, cleaning): $15

        • Requires an $886 deposit.

Decor consultation

Event decorators often charge an hourly rate for consultation. For DIY party planners in need of minimal guidance, this strategy is most cost-effective. Party hosts get professional guidance on decoration and lower costs by sourcing, creating, setting up, breaking down, and disposing of or returning all the party decorations themselves. Parties and Events NW charges $60 per hour for on-site design and decoration consultation.


Geographic location affects the cost of professional event decoration. Decoration supplies and rentals cost more in larger cities and more affluent areas such as California’s Napa Valley than in smaller towns or regions with a lower cost of living.

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