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:
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!
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