Previously, I have written about how a bride and groom can come up with an out-of-the-box idea or with a concept that has way too many elements. As the wedding planner, you have to find a way to take their vision and create a design that encompasses what they are dreaming up. Today we have so many different ways to access ideas and design with social media and the internet, it becomes difficult for a bride and groom to really hone in on one or two main features of a wedding to center everything else around.
Here are some useful tools to consider taking advantage when coming up with an event design:
- Etsy.com can be a one stop shop for all things wedding, from handmade wedding party gifts to the bride’s dress. This is a great online storefront to pull ideas from. Since Etsy is full of other people’s DIY projects, the bride and groom may see something from someone else’s wedding or project that inspires their idea or even guides them in a new direction.
- Pinterest is a virtual scrapbook for literally everything. This is a fantastic way to keep track of all of the ideas you and the couple find. It is also a great way to remember where an idea came from. Pinterest allows more than one person to pin to a board and share and send ideas to each other. I suggest enabling this setting so that if you or the couple are not together and find inspiration somewhere, you can share or upload it to the site without losing it.
- Vendors are the experts in their field and should be a resource that is tapped into. Not often enough, wedding planners or the bride and groom consult the vendors for ideas or advice. Yes, a florist is an expert in floral arrangements, but they also know a thing or two about color schemes and have probably done so many events that they have picked up on a thing or two from others throughout the years. Take a minute to sit down with the florist or photographer, go through his or her portfolio, and see if there is anything in there that sparks a new idea or makes the couple want to steer clear of one they had in mind.
- Rental companies are great because of the amount of decorations they have in their warehouses. Take a day with the couple to go to a rental or decor company’s warehouse and ask one of the employees to assist in pulling together some pieces from their inventory. While the internet is great to browse from everywhere, it is still so beneficial to be able to see a design in person. Colors can look very different from a computer screen to in-person, so seeing the color of a table linen or invitation right in front of you versus in a PDF makes a big difference.
These are obviously only a very, very select few of the event design tools that can assist you and a wedding couple as you come up with an event design. Feel free to share your favorites and ideas in the comment. The more ways we as wedding planners can stay organized, the better it is for everyone!
This is a guest post from Christine Bochniak. Christine resides in Galena, IL where she works as an Author Account Manager for Kendall Hunt Publishing. She also works as a wedding coordinator part-time for her own business Rise Events Planning.
photo credit: Keri Doolittle