When planning a groundbreaking ceremony there are dozens of options available for designing your shovels. Shovels have a variety of spade types, handle styles, colors, finishes, and of course personalization options. In this blog series, we will look at the differences between each so that you can choose shovel options that fit your budget, theme, and goals for your event. In Part 1 we looked at the shape of the shovel, comparing spade and handle styles. In Part 2 it’s time to dive into color! Color sets the tone for your event. Traditional groundbreakings feature gold and chrome shovels while modern trends utilize custom painted shovels to stand out through visual branding.
Gold and Chrome Plated shovels are the classic ceremonial option for color. You might choose gold or chrome plated to add an element of prestige and significance to the event. These shovels are the most popular choice for executive groundbreakings and they reflect a commitment to excellence and attention to detail, elevating the overall experience for your attendees. These are keepsake shovels, designed to be displayed commemoratively after the event. Many customers will utilize a combination of both gold and chrome, reserving the gold shovels specifically for important executives or other VIPs.
If you are seeking to maintain the classic elegance of gold and silver shovels, but are working within a budget that does not allow for the luxury plated options, the gold and silver finish shovels are a premium alternative. Made with the same high-finish handles, the spades are painted with a quality finish that has been sealed with a high-gloss coat. While the finish of these spades does not allow for engraving like their plated shovel counterparts, this option is ideal for incorporating visual branding by including full color printed vinyl appliques on the face of the spade.
Integrating color by painting the handle ensures a cohesive visual identity throughout the ceremony. This option is available for the gold and chrome plated shovels as well as the gold and silver finish shovels. With a custom painted handle, the shovel becomes a striking focal point in photographs and videos, creating shareable and impactful visuals that extend the reach of the event’s branding.
Participants can confidently use the stainless steel shovel to break ground without concerns for its structural integrity. While the chrome and gold plated shovels are a luxury option for ceremonial presentation, they require the soil to be prepped ahead of the event. The stainless steel option is meant for true digging. The act of physically breaking the ground can be more impactful and memorable than simply turning over loosened soil and we recommend this shovel to anyone seeking this moment for their event. Personalizing these shovels with full color printed vinyl wraps and appliques on the handles and spades is the ideal way to incorporate your brand colors into your groundbreaking event.
These are durable steel shovel spades custom painted to offer versatility in terms of color choice and design possibilities. Choose colors that resonate with the branding strategy of your organization. This is the practical choice for organizations looking to make a visual impact while staying within their budget constraints. The ability to achieve a branded look without the added cost of premium materials can be a significant advantage. Choose from 22 stock color options or contact us to request a custom PMS color specific to your brand.
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