Are you getting ready to attend Fiesta San Antonio this year? Here are 5 easy-to-follow tips that will help you create fiesta medals you can be proud of.
Fiesta has grown to be the second-largest float parade in all of the United States, with over 3.5 million attendees each year. Fiesta traditions date back to 1891, but Fiesta medals began in 1946 thanks to the Texas Cavaliers.
In the past 74 years, the Fiesta medal exchange grew into one of San Antonio’s most beloved traditions! Everyone from businesses to local organizations come up with their own custom Fiesta medal to hand out to parade-goers and collectors.
Whether it’s your first time creating your own Fiesta medal or your fiftieth, there are 5 tips to keep in mind!
Read on to learn more about how to create an amazing Fiesta medal that will stand out from the crowd.
1. Originality Is Key
You can imagine that over the course of 74 years, Fiesta attendees have seen all sorts of medals! Gone are the days of consistently coin-shaped medals in gold, bronze, and silver. While these elements are still found in some Fiesta medals, it’s important to think outside of the box.
When you look through Fiesta Medal’s gallery of Fiesta medals from years past, you’ll start to see just how original people get! To accommodate the desire for originality, we offer tons of awesome add-ons that will make your custom medal pop.
Spinners, sliders, danglers, and crystals give your medal a 3-D component that collectors will love. Alternatively, jazz up your design with glitter or glow-in-the-dark elements. The more your medal stands out, the more people will seek them out!
2. Incorporate Your Organization
Fiesta medals aren’t just a great way to participate in the Fiesta celebrations. They also give you the opportunity to advertise your business or organization and become an active part of the community.
Find new ways to showcase your organization’s logo or go with a design that’s totally new but still center’s your business’s name. Think about what makes your business unique and memorable or put a modern twist on a nostalgic design. Make sure that your medal is fun to look at but that your organization’s name, slogan, or logo are still easy to see.
3. Pay Homage to the Culture
You may have noticed that tons of the Fiesta medals we’ve made in the past feature flowers in their design. That’s because the first-ever Fiesta celebration was thrown by women who decorated their carriages and paraded through the street throwing flower blossoms everywhere!
San Antonio is also a wonderful, diverse city with deep roots in Hispanic culture. When you walk down the streets during Fiesta, you’ll notice no shortage of sugar skulls, sombreros, and perhaps even a piñata or two! Incorporating elements of celebratory Hispanic culture is a great way to pay homage to San Antonio’s heritage.
4. Don’t Forget the Ribbon
Your custom medal is the star of the show and takes the most creativity and originality to create. Think of the ribbon as the vessel that delivers your medal to Fiesta goers!
Choose a ribbon color that compliments your medal. It might be the same color as one of your key design elements or pull from the more subtle parts of the design. Remember, the ribbon is worn along with the medal, so it should complete the look rather than seeming out of place!
You also don’t want a ribbon that can’t stand up to your medal’s weight and the wear and tear it could go through during Fiesta. If the ribbon is too thin or skimpy, the medal might fall off of it or cause it to rip.
At Fiesta Medal, we offer a variety of colors to choose from or the option to custom dye a color of your choosing! We also use a thick, sturdy material that will keep your medal in place throughout Fiesta and for years to come.
5. Work With a Quality Custom Fiesta Medals Crafter
Sometimes, you’ve got a fantastic idea in your head but you’re not quite sure how to bring it to life. Whether you’re working with a fairly polished graphic design, a rough sketch, or a few bullet points, a Fiesta medal artist can help you make your dream a reality.
At Fiesta Medal, we have artists and specialists overseeing every step of production. That means that multiple sets of eyes will see your design before and after it is crafted into a medal! You’ll be thrilled with the final product.
We also use a strong, clear epoxy to ensure that your medal never fades. One of the many Fiesta traditions is to continue wearing medals to future Fiesta parades. Some serious collectors even trade older pins, which means that you want a custom medal that is built to last!
Where to Find Fiesta Medal Makers
There are tons of custom medal makers on the market but very few who specialize in Fiesta medals. Since opening our doors in 2003, Fiesta medals have been our game!
Located in Austin, we feel closely tied to San Antonio’s Fiesta tradition. We also feel that it’s important to prioritize each and every one of our customers, something we’re able to do as a small, independent business.
Plus, we work directly with other small, independent businesses from the San Antonio area and we appreciate what it means to invest in another company’s work! We are transparent with our pricing and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You’ll never receive a finished product you don’t love!
To start off our relationship this Fiesta season, we’d like to offer you a free quote. Fill out this form and let us know what you have in mind and we’ll get back to you right away!