Sally Gallis from Events by Design thinks a wedding stylist is worth their weight in gold… but she would right because she’s a wedding stylist?! Over to Sally to educate and convince you…
A good stylist is like a little magical pixie who (from a guest’s point of view) pops in on the morning of your wedding, makes it all pretty and disappears again. From a couple’s point of view, it’s a bit different. They are still like a magical pixie, but sooooo much more too.
You might be one of those people who have amazing ideas but just need someone to make it happen.
You might be one of those people who have great ideas, but too many of them and don’t know how to focus them down.
You might be someone who just isn’t creative at all.
This is where your stylist is your magical pixie, so let me tell you what you get when you hire one… It starts with research, because what you need most from your stylist is someone who really gets you, someone like-minded who you click with. Most stylists have their own style, a way of working which is quite transparent. So, the first thing to do is to delve into Instagram and Pintrest to see what sort of things they’ve done. You might want something contemporary but with a traditional twist, you might be a minimalist, you might be bohemian, you might be alternative, you might be a eclectic lover of anything pretty and floral. We all love pushing boundaries, trendsetting, creating something unique, so it’s really important that you find a stylist who specialises in your vision. So, once you have tracked your stylist down, you need to have a face-to-face meeting.
This is one of my favourite bits because it means we can really get to know each other. We will chat about what you love and what you hate. I will find out how you met, what you love about one another (often revealing some weird and wonderful fact) and what you want your wedding to not only look like, but to feel like too. This is one of those things that can be missed if you don’t hire a stylist. Weddings can look amazing, but, at the end of the day it’s about you and your guests having the BEST day and creating memories. What you want your day to feel like is one of the most important elements – don’t forget this!
We will then do a ‘Wedding-y’ Pintrest board which will start off with me collating images of things which we gleaned from our meeting and you adding things you spot. I call it ‘Wedding-y’ because it doesn’t necessarily have to be images of weddings. It can be colours, textures, nostalgia, decor… pretty much anything you like. It’s important that you’re open and honest about what you like/what you hate, what floats your boat and what sinks your ship. This way, you feel that you are being creative and being listened to. This way, your wedding is going to be uniquely YOU.
We then visit your venue and I create your concept. Yay!
The concept! What is the concept?
The concept is the vision. It’s a concise but detailed plan of the event styling. It’s the vibe of the wedding, the look, the thing which should give you all the feels. If it gives you the feels then I know I’ve done something right. This will detail the elements you want – decor, tables, colours (and if I’m doing your planning too – which I can, but that’s another blog – food, entertainment and everything else). It’s about bringing together all you’ve told me and shown me to create an all singing, all dancing concept unique to you. This is the bit which couples get excited about the most because it starts to feel real. So, in a nutshell, your concept is your first look at your wedding EEEEK!
Your stylist will become a confident. A brainstorming wealth of knowledge. A search-engine-buddha. A design-happy-pixie. We will discuss colours, hues, tones, atmosphere, vibes, senses and feels, and tons of other things with fun names. I will gather beautiful things, talk to other people about using their beautiful things, get your signage and stationery designed, hire furniture, and then rock up bright and early (when you are being pampered and having a glass of something nice) at your venue and style the heck out of it. Why should you even contemplate getting up a ladder, or get that nasty sweaty top lip when you are trying to look all fresh and dewy. You don’t. That’s why you need a stylist…
But it doesn’t end there! Oh no! What about the morning after your wedding? When you wake in wedded bliss with a hangover, you do not want to be staring into the eyes of your betrothed and suddenly exclaim, “Oh b*gger, we need to go to the venue and take everything down.” Your stylist should be able to sort all that out too.
I told you they were magical pixies.
If you would like me to be your Magical Pixie, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org