Wedding and Event decorators are the special people that transform your wedding from the ordinary to the extraordinary with style, flair, colour co-ordination and talent that usually leaves guests open mouthed as they enter wedding reception venues.
One of the very best teams I have witnessed in action are the women who head up GG Events, based at Tuggerah on the Central Coast.
With almost every wedding taking on a particular style or theme, there is one way to be assured that your concept, dream or ideas are fulfilled… use an experienced and talented event decorator.
As a wedding photographer, I often see the finished reception venue or ceremony location in all its glory but really had no idea how couples get from budget and idea to the wedding day decorations. To find out I interviewed one of the most accomplished teams on the Coast – Jean and Amy from GG Events who specialise in creating the perfect Central Coast Weddings.
You can view the complete interview below or head over to the transcript if you’d prefer to read what they had to say.
What did you think? I was a little surprised at just how much trust goes into hiring a professional wedding decorator and that as a bride, you need to accept that the team you hire for your day will deliver (I guess it’s the same with your photographer). After your initial appointment you really do leave everything in the decorators hands to produce something spectacular.
I guess that reinforces, just how important it is to go with an event decorator you trust, believe in and can relate to.
To get a few more ideas into what goes into choosing the best wedding decorator for your Central Coast Wedding and how to go about choosing a theme, I also spoke to Natasha from Plan Your Special Day and Sarah from Princess Allure Boutique Events, both who are very experienced operators with a flair for creating something special.
Natasha had these points to make:
- Seek a Decorator that shows creativity and initiative to ensure you will have a unique look for your day that fits in with what you want.
- Don’t be afraid to be different/bold with your theme. You want your guests to remember your special day. An experienced decorator will encourage and help you with your ideas.
- Ensure the direction of your decorator and theming for the day represents you and your partner. If you feel that the theme is getting away from what you both want, you have to communicate with your decorator and let them know.
- If you’re looking for something special but are working on a tight budget why not hire on DIY terms and setup your hired decorations yourself. Be mindful though, you will need more access to your venue, before and after the wedding if you are doing this yourself. This may be more expensive than having your decorator team do everything for you.
When budgeting for your wedding decorations, bear in mind that much of the cost goes into labour to set up and dismantle your decorations in the very short time frame made available by your wedding venue.
More Great Tips from Sarah
When I contacted Sarah for some suggestions on decorating ideas for a wedding she blew me away with her enthusiasm and couldn’t wait to throw some ideas at me. Here’s are some tips from Sarah:
1. Think outside the colour box
Why not choose an overall theme as a launch pad – vintage, rustic, coastal, fresh and modern, a handmade vibe, shabby chic, bling – to name a few. Once you have chosen a theme, colour palette comes into play.
2. Create a mood board
A great way to help your stylist understand the look you are after is to create a mood board. A mood board is a collection of images that shows the colour, the theme, the features that you may like in your wedding. You can literally cut and paste pictures from bridal magazines or copy images from any website (just right click and choose ‘save as’). A fantastic online tool for doing this is Pinterest!
3. Personalise your big day
I truly believe the best type of wedding is one that has been styled to reflect the couple and not decor that has just been chosen from a list. Not every single decor item needs to be personalised, however unique touches can be seamlessly weaved into the design. Think outside the box, be confident in your choices and your wedding day will be a unique, personalised event that reflects you both as a couple.
4. Create Vignettes
A vignette is a decorative display that has no more use, than just looking pretty and enhancing an overall feel. A little dresser, filled with cute crystal vases of open roses or stacked vintage suitcases, some doilies and a casual posy of flowers are just two ways of creating vignettes that would suit a vintage theme. These vignettes help create an overall vintage feeling and create little talking points for your guests around the room.
5. Make your decor interactive
A fun photo booth backdrop, a delicious dessert table or candy buffet, an inviting chill out lounge area, a guest book area that is more than just a book are all spaces in your reception that can be styled to suit your theme and colour palette. Interactive areas not only look good, they are functional and they encourage guest participation and enable conversation. Again these areas take your wedding day decor off the table centre and around the room.
I went on to ask Sarah about actually choosing the right decorator for your wedding and she made the following valuable points:
Are they able to help you create your dream day. You don’t want to feel like you are stuck with the same decor choices that you have seen at your friends weddings.
- Do they suit your theme?
- Will they try to source items that you are after?
- Are they able to hand make something just for you?
- Have faith in your style and trust your wedding stylists suggestions.
I’m pretty sure you’ll be well placed and on your way to the perfect wedding with your perfect decorator following this post. If you have more questions, please call any of the ladies that helped with this post, they are all local to the Central Coast and only too happy to help you. I have added all their details below.
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Thanks again to Jean and Amy from GG Events, Natasha from Your Special Day and Sarah from Princess Allure Boutique Events for all your help with this post.
GG Events: www.ggevents.com.au
Your Special Day: planyourspecialday.com.au
Princess Allure Boutique Events: www.princessallure.com.au