Balloon Blog & News

Make an entrance
14th September 2017
Making an entrance with balloons to make you event sparkle
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Why Balloons?
04th August 2017
This time my blog is about why balloons can help lift your event up the the next level.
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All about the Balloons
09th May 2017
All about the balloons.

The story behind Balloons by Danny Marino

So who are Balloons by Danny Marino? Well, they are a husband and wife team based on the outskirts of Norwich who specialise in everything balloon related, parties, Weddings and events
Back in 2010 Danny spotted about balloon education in the back of a catalogue and thought that it might be worth looking into. At the time he was a children’s magician and entertainer and had been making balloon models as part of his act since 1998, so one thing led to another and he brought the kit and signed up to the Qualatex Balloon Network Program which opened his eyes to the world of balloons. 2011 was a very special year, not only was Balloons by Danny Marino founded but it was also when he met is wife to be and Partner in the business, Lesley.
Since then, Balloons by Danny Marino has gone from strength to strength. From the very first customer we have prided ourselves on learning our customer’s needs and advising them on what the best way to go about it with the fantastic array of colours, shapes and designs that we offer in balloons. We are constantly training ourselves in new techniques and inventing new designs so that you can be confident that the balloons you order will be the best ever. Danny is also a CBA (Certified Balloon Artist) which was a very long 4 hour exam and makes him part of only 3000 in the whole world. Lesley hopes to be sitting her CBA exam later in 2017 to create the only Husband and wife CBA team in Norfolk.

Balloons by Danny Marino are also very happy to be involved with the following Norfolk Businesses by either being their recommended suppliers or by sponsoring their events.

Norwich City Football Club Spire Healthcare Norwich Fashion Week
Park Farm Hotel Wensum Valley Hotel East Coast Truckers Convoy
Castle Mall Norwich Shrek the Musical Original Factory Shop

Other than Balloons, Lesley and Danny enjoy Gardening, Their pets Buster and Millie, Fish keeping (koi) Magic, good laughs, Holidays to Scotland and Spain.

So keep your eyes open for our balloon covered van travelling the roads in the east of England and if you comment on our facebook page of where and when you saw it, you might just win a prize
News from the Balloon man
22nd April 2017
It's been a while since we have posted anything on here as we have been experiencing a few gremlins on our website which we were unaware of until one customer pointed this out.
Apologies to anyone who has sent a website contact to us over the past 2 months and we hadn't gotten back to you. Please try us again and we will be glad to help.

All the best

Black Friday Deals
22nd November 2016
Balloons by Danny Marino, Black Friday When it's gone it's gone sale.
For all you Brides to be. We have only three (3) of our Gold Wedding Balloon Packages for £130 instead of our normal price of £230.
Package includes:
8 x 3 Beautiful Balloon Bouquets.
A Floating Cloud Arch for behind the top table.
A Large Bride and Groom Sculpture.
A Bubbly Bottle Balloon.
For all people organising a party/event over the next few months.
We have only Two (2) of our Grande Party Balloon Packages at £175 instead of the Normal £275.
Package includes:
8 x 3 Beautiful Balloon Bouquets
1 x 9'x9' Entrance Arch (Normally £180 on own)
2 x Themed Balloon Bouquets.
We will be opening the phone line up at 0830 on Friday. A deposit of £30 will be required to confirm your booking and date for your consultation taken. Subject to dates being available, delivery fees and no substitutions within the package deals.
10% off all Christmas and New Years Balloons until December 1st
15% off all Valentines day balloons and deliveries.
For details on all our Balloons and Balloon Packages, visit
A Brand new Ballooning Year
05th January 2016
Happy New year to you all.

It’s the start of a brand new year and lots of people will be looking forward to what it brings, whether it’s because they got engaged, getting married, birth of a new family member or reaching a milestone birthday or anniversary. Here at Balloons by Danny Marino, we are always happy to help people out with balloons for their special occasion, especially new Brides and Grooms. With hundreds of colours and patterned balloons to choose from, we can sort out the balloons and decorations for their special day. Popular colours are Deep Purple, Hot Pink, Ivory, Rose and Tropical Teal but we often get asked for colours that are that little bit different and we are always happy to help, as we are able to adjust the tones and shades of the balloon colours to match that perfect shade of pink that a Bride wants.

At the start of each year we wait in anticipation for the latest balloon catalogues to arrive in the post with all the new balloon colours, designs and shapes in. It is also when we sit down and create new designs and new colour combinations that we will be displaying at wedding shows during the year. This year we will be exhibiting at 2 of the biggest wedding shows in the county as well as a few smaller ones and plan to create two entirely different looks for them. We do this as we know that Brides to be will go to 2 or more of these shows to get inspiration and ideas for their special day and we love to keep coming up with new ideas and designs for people to look at and decide to have at their Wedding or Party.

The Wedding, Prom and Party show on February 7th at the stunning Holiday Inn Norwich Airport is our first of the year and we get to say Congratulations to many new Brides to be as well as meet up with many friends within the Wedding Industry.

Also in February will see Balloons by Danny Marino exhibiting at the massive two day Wedding extravaganza up at the Royal Norfolk Showground held by the EDP Bride Magazine. This show is the biggest in the county and we’re looking forward to this with great excitement.Click here for details

Danny at Balloons by Danny Marino is one of only 2 Certified Balloon Artists (CBA’s) in the county of Norfolk, so when you order your balloons from us you can be safe in the knowledge that you are dealing with a professional who knows all about balloons, leaving you to sit back and enjoy your special day. CBA’s have to sit a long 4 hour practical exam that is judged by some of the worlds leading professionals in balloons in which they have to show their knowledge of design, colour harmony, expression and technique as well as their knowledge of industry guidelines.

Remember, Balloons are not just for the wedding day. Why not present your best friend with a Balloon Diamond ring with a note on asking them to be your chief Bridesmaid? Balloons for Hen nights with personalised gift boxes, Engagement parties as well as all the everyday Birthdays, Births and Anniversaries. Why not have a themed wedding? This ever more popular trend has seen plenty of spectacular weddings over the past few years from Alice in Wonderland to Superhero Theme. Why not set us a challenge and be surprised with the results we come up with.

Ballooning all the way

Balloons by Danny Marino
Local Balloon Artist passes exam
23rd November 2015
For Immediate Release For More Information
Date 13th November 2015. Danny Marino. 01603 498847
Local Balloon Professional Earns Recognition as Certified Balloon ArtistSM

Dan Whitham of Balloons By Danny Marino in Norwich, Norfolk recently earned Certified Balloon Artist (CBA®) status. Dan was one of a select group of balloon professionals who successfully completed a series of tests, including oral and practical examinations. The certification was administered by the Qualatex
Balloon NetworkSM (QBN®), a professional organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in balloon decor and bouquets. There are currently more than 2,000 Certified Balloon Artist professionals worldwide.

“The education I’ve received as a result of pursuing my CBA designation will be invaluable in helping me provide high-quality, professional balloon products and services to everyone in the Norwich area,” said Dan.

To achieve certification, CBA candidates are required to:
1. Satisfactorily complete a series of exams;
2. Apply knowledge of skills and techniques by designing and building professional balloon deliveries, arrangements, and decor;
3. Demonstrate their understanding of design theories, delivery techniques, and business systems through an oral presentation to a panel of industry leaders.

Participants in the CBA Practical Exams are graded according to their knowledge of theory as well as the application of key design elements. In preparation for the CBA exams, Dan was required to study a series of educational DVDs and written materials produced by Pioneer® Balloon Company, manufacturer of Qualatex® brand balloons and developer of the Qualatex Balloon Network.

The CBA certification process is a key program in the Qualatex Balloon Network, which establishes industry standards and guidelines for balloon professionals. QBN supports balloon retailers through education, business systems, and marketing.

The QBN curriculum focuses on all aspects of the professional balloon industry, including balloon arrangements, deliveries, and decor for social expression, parties, and special events. QBN also serves as an international resource of ideas and solutions for its members. There are more than 4,000 QBN members worldwide.

Why use a Balloon Professional
29th September 2015
Why use a Balloon Professional.

a brief bit on why it is better to use a company who deal with balloons day in day out rather than a high street card shop or florist.
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11th July 2015
Balloon Changes

Hi Folks

It's with great sadness that Qualatex, Makers of the balloons we use, Has stopped making our favourite Balloon. The Rose and Butterflies heart. So we are having to come up with new designs to fill the space created by this. Those who have already ordered the Dazzling Heart or Dazzling Heart lite, will be upgraded to our new design for no extra charge. We at Balloons by Danny Marino are sorry about this but it is well and truely out of our hands.
Wedding shows 2015
29th November 2014
Wedding, Prom and Party show at Sprowston Manor

We are proud to announce that we will be exhibiting at this fabulous event on the 13th SEPT 2015. If you are planning an event or wedding, then come along and see our latest designs. Remember, Balloons add hight and colour to any party!
We will also be at the Holiday Inn, Ipswich Road wedding show in October.
New Balloon Packages
14th July 2014
Balloons by Danny Marino are now doing balloon packages for Parties and events!
With prices starting at £50 for our packages, we think that you will find all you need. All packages can be done to the colour of your choice and with 75 to choose from, you know that we will sort it for you.

For those also looking for Entertainment at your Party/Event, then you can get a 20% discount off the cost of all Balloon twisting, Children's magic shows and evening Close-up magic from Danny Marino when you purchase any of our Balloon packages, whether Wedding or Party packages!

Don't delay, Call today!

We sadly have no free dates for Saturdays in August 2014 left now!
Great news
23rd June 2014
Balloons by Danny Marino can now take payment for orders by Card.

we can accept Visa and Mastercard.