Wedding Designer Q&A

Hi guys, I hope you're having a good week! Being in the Tuesday Together - Cincinnati chapter has allowed me to meet some pretty amazing people.  One of them being Crystal from The Crystal Collection! She is an amazing event designer and event planner.  But I wanted to ask her a little bit more about wedding designing since it's new to me and hopefully help some other brides out there! So here's a fun Q&A we did.  Check it out and heart this post if you want some more wedding posts! 

  • When do you typically join in wedding planning as an event designer?

12-14 months for full service and design clients. For partial planning services and month of coordination, I can join in anywhere between 2-8 months - this just depends on when the couple decides they can't do it alone anymore!

  • What is the biggest misconception about an event designer?

The biggest misconception about an even designer is that we plan all of the logistics! As a designer, we focus solely on anything that represents the aesthetic of the day. These may include day of stationery, centerpieces, floral arrangements, and guest experience. In my world, when I design a wedding it's all about telling a story to the guest and capturing that through design. When I only plan a wedding, It's all about logistics and making sure the day is flowing accordingly, but with The Crystal Collection, we do both!

  • What's one thing you think people should pay attention to, day of and don't?

The biggest thing people don’t pay attention to is the flow. For example, if you have an escort card, display them alphabetically not by table number so people can find their names. Or having ushers to let people know to take their seats. It’s usually the small details that a couple may forget, but since I am involved in weddings quite a bit, it's high on my radar to remind them.

  • Is there something Brides can do that is small but makes a big difference design-wise?

As far as design, the biggest help is to figure out what you don’t like! Pinterest is a world of amazing photos and you can tend to like ALL THE THINGS, but knowing the colors you don’t like, or the venues that don’t appeal to you are extremely valuable.

  • What does your day look like on a Wedding?

Wedding days are long, usually about 12-14 hours, but I wouldn’t trade it! Besides managing timelines and vendors, I get to transform a room from start to completion and then also get to see the guests and couple enjoy each part.

At a minimum I have 1-2 assistants with me, who may take on few different roles:

Bridal Assistant:

She assists with the bride and bridesmaids in whatever they may need. It could be steaming dresses, helping manage hair and makeup timeline, and just hanging out!

Design Assistant:

She helps with setup and finalizing decor! This person can also help assist with vendor placement and making sure they have everything in need to get setup.

  • Do you help with colors or design before the wedding?

Design consultations typically happen about 10-12 months with edits and updates throughout the process! In the design consultations, we determine everything from colors, textures, wedding verbiage, floral, and more! These meetings typically take about 2 hours and give my couples some prep work beforehand just so we are all on the same page.

  • What is your opinion on DIY items for the wedding?

Coming from a design perspective, an entrepreneur, and having to save the day because the humidity would keep the glue sticky, I'm not a fan of DIY! I do love the DIY floral arranging hosted by The Flowerman, but that's it! Time can be spent on date nights with your soon to be husband or spoiling your bridesmaids, instead of trying to figure out all the decor needs. Letting professionals do it, will save you time for sure and in some cases, money!  

  • Is there such thing as too much decor?

There is most definitely such thing as too much decor! Having weddings in unique settings are becoming more and more popular. With this, venue styles and decor have their own tone. This is where design comes in! It will take the right eye to be able to complement what is already going on in the room instead of adding so much that it's overwhelming.  

  • Would you recommend getting a wedding planner and event designer?

I would definitely recommend 1 of 4 options:

  • If you want to tell a visual love story to your guest, and have more of an experience than just another wedding, get a wedding designer!

  • If you want someone to handle all the logistics, and execution so you can enjoy being engaged, get a planner.

  • If you like all the planning and have amazing ideas, but just need someone to help with the day of, get a day of coordinator.

  • If you want all of these things, hire a full service wedding planner and designer!

Thank you so much to Crystal for answering all of my questions.  Be sure to check her out @thecrystalcollectionevents

How to Ace Behavioral Interview Questions

Hi Friends, so I am going back to the roots of Life After Graduation a little with this post.  I know that soon there will be a lot of recent grads searching for jobs and I believe that from what I have learned/experienced there is one simple saying to help you answer ANY behavioral interview question.  Usually behavior questions are ones such as "Explain to me a time when..." or "Tell me about a time when you had to ..."  There are many variations of this question but one easy trick it to remember, STAR.

S - Situation

T - Task

A - Action

R - Result

First you want to "set the stage" and explain the situation that you were in so the interviewer understands, the specific task you had to complete, the action you took and what the result was.  Some people talk too much in a interview, I usually spoke too little but if I remembered STAR it helped me to answer the question in full and in sequence so I left less things out.  It really helps you to communicate and articulate your answer.  I also felt it comforting to know that with each of these questions no matter what it was I had the tools to answer it in full.  My recommendation if you are going into an interview soon is to google some common questions and write out your STAR answers.  This helps you to feel more comfortable going into the interview and confident answering.  Which is ALWAYS a plus. Here are five questions I was commonly asked:

  1. Give me an example of a time when you set a goal and were able to meet or achieve it.
  2.  Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead.
  3. Tell me about a situation where you had to solve a difficult problem.
  4. Give me an example of a time when you motivated others.
  5. Describe a stressful situation at work and how you handled it.

As always make sure to like this post if you enjoy this content! And good luck if you are interviewing!!

Interview Outfits on a Budget

Hey guys! Hope you're having a great Thursday.  SO I am by no means a fashion guru, (although I am trying to up my game) but one thing I do know about is getting interview outfits on a budget.  But have no fear, I have learned a few things along the way that will hopefully help!

When I was interviewing, I was lucky enough to go to a few company's that were a lot more casual. That being said though, always go into an interview a little more dressed up than you think you should be!  You can always adjust if you make it through more rounds and go back. It can be difficult though because some agencies are old school and dress very nice where others are in sweats.  PSA: NEVER interview in your sweats, unless it's a phone interview then definitely wear sweats.

One thing I did find a little helpful, is stalking social media sites.  May seem weird but sometimes they have company outing pictures and it can give you a sense of the atmosphere. 

I also really really love dresses for interviews.  You can dress it up or down easily by wearing flats or heels, adding a blazer or jewelry. I believe the key is to have 3-5 solid outfits.  You don't need too many because you'll usually go to a company three times, and they won't know if you wore the same outfit somewhere else. What I have that I've gotten the most wear out of is: a good neutral flat/black heels, two dresses, a few shirts, a blazer, dress pants and a full suit.  I really believe if you can save up or ask for a nice well fitted suit as a present it will pay for it's self time and time again.  You can use the blazer to dress up any outfit, or use the pencil skirt/pants to mix and match with multiple shirts.  It's also just a really great idea to have a suit on hand at all times. 

I honestly found a lot of nice shirts & dresses from places like Forever 21 and H&M.  As long as they fit you well and are made of nice looking material, no one will know you spent under $20 on it.  I also found blazers there!  One of the most important things you can do is make sure you have clothes that fit well and are of course ironed.  We all know that first impressions are important.  The price tag of the clothes don't matter as long as the effort is there.

Whatever type of clothes you buy and whatever price tag that comes with it, make sure you are purchasing items that not only you like, but that you feel confident in.  I know whenever I went into an interview, and I had a new dress on that I really liked, it would always put me in the mind set "Yeah, I got this". That emanates and everyone can tell, putting the interview in a really good mood.

What is your advice for interviews?  Let me know if you want to see any of my outfits I have worn!