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Summary of this article:

  • Wedding decorator will be able to keep your dreams focus to what is available to rent and acceptable with your wedding budget.
  • Wedding decorator will allow your friends and family to enjoy the day of your wedding with you instead of decorating your venue.

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Hiring A Decorator

By Katherine Taylor, designer & decorator of Taylor-Made Memories

A Brides Vision

I saw these awesome ideas in Martha Stewart, and at my friends' wedding, they had this ceiling draping with lights. The head table and cake table was all lit up with beautiful sheer fabrics and really nice clusters of bows and flowers, and a pretty backdrop behind the head table with lots of lights and greens and flowers; even the chair covers had sashes that matched the head table decorating. That's what I want, only in mauve.

I love doing that sort of thing; it's so much fun. I'll just buy all the things (I know some great dollar stores), then, I'll just get the wedding party, family & friends, go into the hall the day before and show them how I want it, and let them go to it. I'll get the wedding party, and our parents to take it all down after the wedding, they won't mind.

A Brides Reality

How come I can't find the things I need? Wow! I never thought it would cost so much. I didn't realize I needed so much material and things to do all this. Oh! I have to remember to buy extension cords. I hope the wedding party knows what I'm talking about. Some of them are not very creative. I'm sure they'll be able to get the time off work on that Friday. I wonder how I attach that ceiling thing? I hope everybody isn't too tired or drunk to take it all down. I wonder what I'll do with all this stuff afterwards? What!!! I can't get into the hall on Friday, What am I going to do? Saturday, we will all be getting our hair done and the photographer is coming at 1:00. p.m. - OH my God, what did I get myself into - what was I thinking, this is too much stress.

Solution - Hire a decorator

A good decorator will respond to your call quickly and set up a meeting either at your house, at their place of business or your venue to consult with you to determine your vision for your perfect day. She or he will offer options to customize your decorating to match your style and taste -and helpful tips on getting the most for your money.

You should expect to see a portfolio of the decorating done for other clients and a list of references that you can contact. A good decorator will do a site inspection to determine what will work and not work and take necessary measurements. Be sure to give the decorator a contact name at the venue to obtain answers to the following questions: when can it be decorated? When does it have to be torn down? Are there any safety restrictions such as open candle flame and electrical cords etc.

Be sure to get a proper contract itemizing each item and price, outlining the payment schedule and cancellation policy.

Remember! This contract protects you.

A good decorator returns phone calls promptly during the planning process for your questions or concerns and is respectful of your time; arrives on time prepared with all items, equipment, experience, knowledge and staff required for completing the job; uses their time effectively; and if time restraints are a factor, hires additional staff to assist the designer in completing the job. A good decorator will have the décor completed long before the guests arrive.

No preparation, tear down work should be seen by the Bride and Groom or their guests. The decorator should provide an emergency # just in case during set-up and wedding day times. The only thing a Bride and Groom are responsible for is to walk into a beautifully decorated reception hall and gasp with delight when they see their vision become a reality.

And finally, when your beautiful celebration comes to and end, you and your groom, the wedding party, family and guests can leave with just the memory of a wonderful day. The decorator and the crew arrive to tear it all down and remove.

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