Let’s face it, your dream Wedding Day is all important. If it does not live up to what you had envisioned, you will remember it every time you think of it and look at your photos. You’ll wish that you had chosen differently. This goes for any item or service that contributes to the overall look and feel for the day from your dress to the flowers and of course, the décor.
My message is that you need to be clear about what your choices are and source what you need. Be realistic with what you choose according to the budget you have to work within. Get your day on track with the basics in the colour, style, feel and look. There are always levels of choice that can fit your budget.
Beware ---- in this age of social media, it is easy for anyone to advertise themselves as a wedding decorator, so it is important to do a little homework to select one with demonstrated experience. Below is a check list to help you:
1 – Trust and Compatibility: Before you delegate the huge responsibility of your wedding day décor, talk to the candidates, preferably face to face. If you can’t meet, then phone. Do you feel comfortable talking to this person? Do you feel you could work with this person? Do you click with each other…is the decorator tuned in and on the same page? After all you are entrusting your vision with this person. Imagine if they got it wrong or they didn’t show??
If you can’t seem to ever get an answer back after leaving messages on email or phone, this is a good indicator of what you can expect going forward. There is nothing more nerve-wracking than trying to contact someone with no response. Their reasons may seem legitimate but when you do need a conversation, the response time must be reasonable.
2 – Experience: Check out websites and look for the range of styles and size of events that the decorator has handled in the past. Check out their testimonials as these are an important window into performance. If they don’t have any testimonials, that may be an indication that they have either not been in the business long or that their work is not up to standard. You can always ask for references and the decorator should be able to set up a call between yourself and a past client.
3 – Décor Inventory: Satisfy yourself that the candidate has most if not all, of the inventory that will be required for your wedding, especially if you are intending on having more than 75 guests. Some businesses have little or no inventory so they are depending on pulling the items from rental agencies. This will increase cost as they will need to source and pick up rental items. If they have to rent items for a larger event to make up the numbers, there may be a risk of mismatch. Don’t be afraid to probe deep till you are satisfied that your event can be professionally handled. Your decorator should provide you with a face to face mock up table using the linens and centrepiece, chair covers, accent items, so you are able to view exactly what they are intending to provide on the day of your wedding. There must be no surprises!
4 – Staff Availability: Having enough hands on deck to perform the work necessary to put your day together, is crucial. Working within the often tight deadlines of the venue and the bride, requires staff. You should not be seeing your decorator flying out the door as the wedding party is walking in. Tables need to be ready in time for venue staff to set them. If there is a wedding in the same room the night before or the night after, there are time constraints as set up will happen around the previous tear down. Tear down will often happen in the middle of the night to accommodate the next wedding party. This is why having professionals to do the work takes the onus off of well-meaning friends and family. Everyone has been having a wonderful evening with food and drinks and dancing. The last thing anyone wants to do is face the clean up.