I wanted to take a moment between real wedding blog posts to talk a little bit about our process and specifically what it means to be one of our lovely, amazing Design Clients. We have two kinds of Design Clients – the Full Design Client and the DIY Client. We love both equally and will touch a little bit on what it means to be Full Design vs DIY at the end of this post. For now, we’ll focus on what it means to be a SEJ Full Design Client.
Consultation and Questionnaire
After you’ve hired us to be a part of your wedding dream team we’ll sit down and get to the nitty gritty of getting to know you, your style and your vision. We do this in a couple of ways. One is looking through everything that you find inspiring. This can be images, quotes, decor, places…whatever it is that speaks to you and your ultimate dream wedding vision. These don’t need to be strictly wedding-related and, in fact, we find it more helpful to look outside of the wedding world for inspiration from your favorite lyric in a song that is special to you or the first place you visited as a couple. These are the things that will really get our creative juices flowing and make the overall design more personal. Next step will be the big, fat questionnaire which we think is really fun to fill out. This is where we find out all the awesome, quirky, beautiful things that make you unique and will, ultimately, make your wedding unique.
After spending time letting all that information sink in, coming up with ideas and finding the perfect photos and examples to express those ideas, we send you what we call the Design Blueprint. This is a 20+ page document, based on your inspiration and your questionnaire, outlining everything that we could include in the overall design from the invitations to the linen choices to one-of-a-kind, handcrafted decor pieces. Your blueprint will also include an inspiration board, color palette, overall style and theme description, and, if you’re taking on any projects of your own, materials resources and project instructions.
Sourcing and Creating
Once you have fallen in love with your Design Blueprint and we all do a little happy dance, we get to work on making that vision a reality. We will contact your design vendors, create rental orders and proposals all based on your Blueprint. We will source, purchase and store any and all decor as well as handcraft all those awesome, personal touches in-house.
The Big Day
After working with your vendors, sourcing materials and creating decor we are ready to put everything into place. Whether we are by your side as Coordinators as well or not, we will install, set-up and style every aspect of the Design as well as work with all those vendors who have a hand in making the vision come to life – lighting, florist, rentals, etc. – to ensure that everything reflects your style and vision.
For our incredible DIY clients, the process for the Design Blueprint is basically the same. Through going over your inspiration photos and your questionnaire we create a custom Design Blueprint. In addition to everything mentioned above we will also include Vendor Referrals and Project Instructions so that you can have all the tools to create a perfect, personalized wedding day. A great option for the DIY couple is to have us come on for the day-of to install, set-up and style all the beautiful decor that you have put your love into over the planning process. That way you can feel confident that your vision is put into place just the way you want it without needing to stress or lift a finger on your big day!