Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sandbox Summit 2013

Sandbox Summit 2013

The Merrimack Valley Sandbox is holding its biggest event of the year, the Sandbox Summit 2013.  This year, Style This Shindig will be showcasing our work at the summit.  In the spirit of community and design, we’d like to invite you to help us design our showcase table.  All you have to do is message us with a wedding theme and something you love about that theme.  If we choose your theme, we’ll give you a special shout out!   

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{Good to Know} Difference Between Event Stylist and Event Planner

Ever wondered what a wedding/event stylist does versus what a wedding/event planner does?  There may be a little overlap in what we do.  Both are significant.  Both will help you carry out successful events.  Both will make your life in hosting events easier.  Both will help you make a positive impact!  Both will make you look like the hostess with the mostest.  Both will make your event photos look good on Pinterest.  Both will help your photos get featured on wedding and event blogs!  It’s HOW we achieve the goals that are different.  But let’s look at the overlap first.

Overlap

Some of the things we may do that overlap are:

  1. Venue suggestions
  2. Budget management (planners for the whole event, and stylists for the decor aspect).
  3. Rentals

Although there are overlaps in what we do, there are key differences.

blooms - floral design by style this shindig

Wedding/Event Stylist

Wedding and event stylists’ responsibilities are to create a positive impression, to stir up positive past memories, and to create a new memorable experience for guests and event go-ers through aesthetics.  Making visual impact is one of the goals of stylists.

Stylists meet with clients to go over all things aesthetically related such as theme, color story, interests, vision, and vibe.  We achieve the look by designing/crafting/using elements such as (Not an exhaustive list at all):

  1. Hand made props
  2. Backdrops
  3. Flowers
  4. Paper goods
  5. Rentals (chairs, linens, napkins, etc)
  6. Dessert table
  7. Photo booth props

We put together these elements to achieve the desired cohesive look and impact.

Wedding/Event Planner

Think of the wedding/event planner as the project manager.  Their responsibility is to accomplish a project at a set budget.  Throughout the cycle of the project, the project manager (PM) manages multiple teams, logistics, time, resources, human resources, and the budget.  They will always take into account the stakeholders, those interested and invested in the project.  Having had the opportunity to work with planners, we must say that they are so much more and can be so much more!

Much like a project manager, the event planner oversees the entire event.  He or she does the following to successfully carry out an event (not an exhaustive list whatsoever):

  1. Understands the client’s goals (hopes and dreams)
  2. Handles scheduling logistics
  3. Manages the budget
  4. Coordinates with vendors
  5. Handles contracts
  6. Provides a list of preferred vendors (i.e. Event stylist)
  7. Scouts venues

Wedding stylists and planners we may work together shoulder to shoulder.  After all, a stylist is a vendor that planners may go to for help in achieving the event goals.  If a client does not work with a planner, they may work with the stylist directly.

blooms - floral design by style this shindig

You see, we play different roles and we do different things.  But in the end, we work with clients, brides, and couples, to make their event, the most memorable ever!

* Disclosure, we are speaking from the point of view of event stylists.  Event planners, please feel free to add on.

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{Styling} {Floral Design} Backdrops

Photos, people will always take photos at events says Captain Obvious!

If you score a wonderful venue for your wedding, photo backdrops wouldn’t be a challenge to spot.  Sometimes, you have to create that special photo spot for your guests.  You can have your stylist create a space that’s not only the designated photo backdrop but a spot that flows with the entire space.   It’s an element that can add to the event’s aesthetic for sure.

Styled backdrop - Stylist/Floral Designer: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha VornEvent stylists can create these backdrops to add to the decor of your event.  (You might have seen our model Linda in our previous post. =)).

Stylist/Floral Design: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha VornShowing off a simply styled prop.

Wearable Blooms: Stylist/Floral Design: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

Floral design piece that adorns the hair.

Wearable Blooms - Stylist/Floral Design: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha VornAnd it could be used to dress your outfit.

Thanks to Sitha and Linda for all your help with this concept shoot.

~ Enjoy

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Styling & Floral Design: Style This Shindig

Photography: Sitha Vorn

Model: Linda Moore

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{Styling} Special Occasions

You may or may not have a special event to host anytime soon.  But maybe you’re anxious about making that engagement proposal, that  anniversary dinner, or that sweet homecoming extra special.  All of these occasions warrant its own little touches and thoughtfulness.  One of the ways we can help is to design and style them.  It can range from simple to elaborate.  Wouldn’t it be nice to make that moment extra memorable for your loved one?

Picnic - Stylist/Floral Design: Style This Shindig, Photography: Sitha Vorn

From that casual-but-special picnic to that elaborate proposal dinner, adding a little style makes all the difference.

Picnic - Stylist/Floral Design: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

Flowers add wonder to almost anything!

Picnic/Wedding: Stylist/Floral Designer: Style This Shindig; Photography: Sitha Vorn

Is there a special occasion that you wish you’d like some styling help?  We’d love to hear about it!

~ Enjoy!

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Styling & Floral Design: Style This Shindig

Photography: Sitha Vorn

Model: Linda Moore

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