Event Decor: What You Need to Know About Working with Flowers

Using flowers for an event can be tricky. Many think it might be out of their budget, or don’t think outside the vase, as mentioned by event planner and all around flower guru, Preston Bailey! Whether it’s for a wedding, or a gathering for work, it doesn’t have to be an intimidating experience at all.

Here are some of the things you should know:

  1. Know When to Book Your Florist
    Event planning is all about gauging when is the right time to book everything. When planning, check out the vendor of your choice for each section or category of the event. Using a one-stop shop (Psst: That’s us!) will be helpful, so you can get an idea of what costs what and budget better!
  2. Seduce with Centerpieces 
    Preston Bailey stresses the importance of seducing your client, especially if they are on a budget! Most clients worry about the use of flowers after the event is over. If they are willing to incorporate potted plants as part of their centerpieces, they will be able to keep them far longer.
  3. Trust Your Florist
    There’s a reason why you hired your vendors for your event, so put your trust in them and know they are part of the event to make everything amazing. What you should do is communicate your potential issues, and clearly express what you like or don’t like. Then, it’s also important to manage your expectations and work closely with them way ahead of the event!
  4. Pay Attention to the Flowers You Choose 
    It’s imperative to really look at the flowers you want to use for the event, but also the strong smell! There will be lots of people attending your event, and they might be prone to allergies. Communicate with your florist so that you can compromise on beautiful flowers, without causing an allergic reaction.
  5. Know When Substitutes Can Be Used
    We look to Preston Bailey again, and he says, silk is not a four-letter word! Silk flowers can definitely be used if you’re planning to add the flowers on the ceiling. Your guests will assume they’re real, and you get to stick to your budget!

What are some of your tips and tricks on working with flowers?

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