Wristbands have become synonymous with events of all kinds - from the music festivals and concerts to sporting events, nightclubs, parties, fundraisers, and charities. Used as a fashion statement in the past, wristbands have now evolved into multifaceted accessories for event goers and event organizers. From admission control to branding, promotion, and audience engagement, wristbands have come a long way to ensure a seamless event experience for everyone involved.

In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore how event wristbands can contribute to your event’s success and provide insights into the factors you need to consider when selecting the perfect wristband for your event. Let's dive in.

What is the Purpose of Wristbands in Events?

Event wristbands serve a multitude of purposes for event planners and organizers. Let's begin by understanding their diverse roles:

Admission Control

Admission control, also known as entry access control, is key to an event’s success as it ensures that only those with valid tickets or privileges gain entry. By issuing wristbands to attendees and VIPs, organizers can easily differentiate authorized event goers from potential gatecrashers. This visual and tactile cue helps maintain order and security. Generally, event wristbands are tamper proof and hard to remove, making it extremely difficult to gain multiple entries using a single wristband. Nowadays, wristbands come with barcodes and RFID technology to tackle counterfeit ticketing.  

Branding and Promotion

Wristbands have emerged as powerful tools for branding and promotion at events. Event organizers can customize wristbands with logos, colors, and messages that reinforce brand identity and create a cohesive event experience. Not only do wristbands serve as wearable advertisements, but they also spark interest and generate buzz among event attendees. With features of social media integration through embedded QR codes and RFID tags, event wristbands have taken brand promotions to a whole new level.  

Age Verification

For events that involve age-restricted activities, such as serving alcohol, age verification is essential. Wristbands come to the rescue by providing a discreet yet effective solution. By color-coding wristbands to signify different age groups, event organizers can ensure that attendees are of legal age. 


Wristbands play a crucial role in attendee identification at events. They offer a convenient method for staff and security to quickly verify privileges, such as access to VIP areas or backstage. This efficiency not only enhances security but also streamlines the event experience by saving time when distinguishing between different attendee categories.

Cashless Payments

Cashless payments have become increasingly popular at events. Using RFID wristbands, event amenities like self-pour bars and souvenir shops can implement cashless payment systems. This not only enhances the guest experience by reducing wait times but also offers a secure and convenient payment solution.

Now that we've explored the various purposes of event wristbands, let's delve into the critical factors to consider when choosing the perfect wristband for your event.

Things to Consider While Choosing Event Wristbands

Selecting the right wristband for your event requires careful thought. There are several factors to consider, each with its own implications for the overall experience:

1. Types of Wristband Materials

Wristbands are made using various materials, each with its unique characteristics. Common options include silicone, Tyvek, paper, cloth, and plastic.

  • Tyvek wristbands, designed using offset and inkjet printing, are cost-effective and tear-resistant, perfect for single-day events. They are affordable and customizable, ideal for smaller gatherings.
  • Cloth wristbands featuring woven or sublimated designs are durable, tamper-proof, and most secured wristbands, making them suitable for high-end events.
  • Plastic wristbands are secure and tamper-evident, suitable for events with high security requirements.
  • Silicone wristbands, made with embossing or debossing design elements, are durable, comfortable, and stylish, making them suitable for a wide range of events. 

Keep the nature of your event in mind while choosing the perfect wristband material. 

2. Type of Event

The type of event, venue, and the number of attendees will significantly influence your choice of wristband. Exposure to water and age group of event goers also matters. For example:

  • A music festival with thousands of attendees might opt for cost-effective Tyvek wristbands.
  • A high-end gala with emphasis on security may prefer elegant cloth or fabric wristbands with tamper-proof locking systems.
  • A charity event might prefer low-cost silicone wristbands.
  • A water park would prefer water-proof Tyvek or plastic wristbands. 

3. Event Duration

The duration of your event is another key factor. Longer events require wristbands that can withstand the wear and tear of extended use. For instance:

  • A one-day conference may opt for Tyvek wristbands.
  • A three-day-long music festival would require more durable options such as cloth wristbands.

4. Purpose of Wristband

Understanding the primary objectives for using event wristbands is crucial. Ask yourself what you want to achieve:

  • Is it for branding and promotion?
  • Is it primarily for admission control?
  • Are you looking to enhance security or enable cashless payments?

Knowing your expectations will help you choose the right wristband material, design, and technology.

5. Comfort and Durability

The comfort and durability of wristbands significantly impact the overall attendee experience. Key factors to consider include material quality, closure mechanisms, and adjustable options. Attendees should be able to wear wristbands comfortably throughout the event, while durable wristbands ensure long-lasting use.

6. Customization Options

Customization plays a pivotal role in creating a unique event experience. Ensure that your chosen wristband offers options to add colors, images, logos, text, and allows you to select width, locking mechanisms, and additional security features. Custom-designed wristbands make a lasting impression on attendees and reinforce your event's brand.

7. Branding Display

Consider how you want to display your brand on the wristbands. There are various techniques, such as screen printing, dye sublimation, weaving, embossing, or debossing. Each method offers different ways of adding event branding to the wristbands. Choose the one that aligns with your branding strategy.

8. Budget

Budget constraints are a practical consideration when choosing event wristbands. Ensure that the wristband, including customizations, falls within your allocated budget. If not, you might need to make adjustments, either by reducing customizations or decreasing the quantity to fit your budget without compromising your event's goals.

9. Wristband Technology

Wristband technology is constantly evolving, with options such as RFID, barcode, QR code, and more. Each technology offers unique benefits:

  • RFID wristbands are ideal for implementing cashless payments, social media integration, enhancing security, and enabling access control.
  • Barcode wristbands are cost-effective and suitable for tracking and access control.
  • QR code wristbands can be used for marketing and engagement purposes.
  • NFC wristbands offer convenience for cashless payments and access control.

Select the technology that aligns with your event's requirements.

Where to Buy Event Wristbands

Choosing the right wristband manufacturer is as crucial as selecting the wristband itself. Factors to consider when selecting a manufacturer include:

  • Reputation: Research the manufacturer's reputation and read reviews from previous customers.
  • Experience: Opt for a wristband company with experience in producing wristbands for events similar to yours.
  • Customization Options: Ensure the manufacturer can accommodate your customization requirements.
  • Shipping and Delivery Times: Consider the wristband maker’s shipping and delivery times to ensure you receive your wristbands in time for your event.

In conclusion, selecting the best wristband for your event is a decision that should be made with careful consideration of the event's nature, goals, and specific requirements.


Robert West - Senior Manager Design & Innovation
ID&C | February 2024