Post # 1
My first post!
I’m so lost in how to decorate. I would like the opinion of someone with an eye for design or a professional, but I also would like to DIY some things. I also need someone to either set up the decor or oversee the venue in setting up the decor.
The venue has said they would do simple decor, but anything extravagent would have to be someone else/us. i.e. if we gave them things to put out on tables, they would put them there. Lighting, fabric swagging would have to be someone else.
I contacted a decorator/florist I found online in my area, and she basically asked for an itemized list of everything I wanted. I have no idea if I wanted the head table to be super fancy or how many side tables I wanted decorated, so I just guessed. When I gave her a wish list, she came back way over my budget, even though I mentioned what my total budget would be. Like she was trying to get me to decide what to cut rather than offering suggestions on how to keep it in budget. I was kind of put off that this was the inital contact, and there wasn’t much discussion with what I wanted for “look or feel” – just up front fees.
Is this how most decorators work? I have ideas, but I’d rather work with someone on the ideas that would fit into a given budget. rather than try to itemize everything.
Post # 3
I would say stick with a florist, but keep looking. Maybe go on your local knot messageboard and ask for recommendations! I spoke with a company that does decorating in my town and they were supposed to be cheap. You could rent items from them and set up yourself or have them do it. I thought the cost was pretty high because they charged a flat rate fee of $300 to set up! She also wanted $500 to string up lanterns due to it being labor intensive at our venue. I decided to NOT do that and went a different direction decor wise.
I spoke with a florist and ended up going with her. She was awesome. My florist strung up lights on the balcony above our reception hall and put branching over it for $100 for that part! Very labor intensive! We thought that was great. She was willing to work with any budget. I think you just need to keep looking and find the right florist. My florist started her own company and does events only. There are a few people around our town like that and they are very very affordable! They don’t have to pay for a big shop and have a ton of employees. So, they can charge cheaper prices. My florist worked with my budget and gave me different ideas for different price points and ways to make certain ideas I came up with cheaper! Hopefully your town will have florists like that, you just have to find them!
Post # 4
We have a florist and a decorator. The florist has done flowers, and helped with alternate centerpiece ideas (we’re having 3). The decorator is doing the entrance, head table with a backdrop, linens, chaircovers, a chandelier fabric colored gazebo on the dance floor and other random things. I found her actually by going to the reception site to meet with the coordinator for them and seeing her work for a wedding that day. I would as the reception site if they have any contact info for decorators that have previously worked at that venue. We are also helping put linens in place, organizing etc to reduce her labor costs. Honestly- networking is the answer! Talk to friends, go to bridal shows, local blogs! Good luck–you will find the perfect decorator for your needs!