Bedroom/office redo

To be an event planner, you pretty much have to be an organized person.  Well, I tend to crave a little more organization than the average person.  I absolutely love going through drawers and finding a new way to set things up, even if it only looks better to me and no one else cares.  It’s um, fun, for me…really!

So on the side I pick up jobs here and there helping people in their home.  This gentleman is a very busy writer for a tv show (so cool!) not only has his office in his bedroom, but he’s Buddhist and needed an altar to pray at.  He has zero time for organization between work and his two year old daughter, plus he tends to have back-ups of everything.  So we had a lot to sort through and really had to get to the knitty gritty here, take apart things one at a time and even build a custom shelf.  I am beyond thrilled with the results and cannot wait to hear how productive he is going to be in his new room!

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How to make an easy Boutonniere

I have definitely made a few boutonniere’s in my day (and pricked a few fingers), but it’s always good to learn some new tricks from a professional!  Thanks again to Lotus & Lily for our fab workshop.  Here is a little trick I learned that I’d never seen before.

You actually don’t put the wire into the flower!  You’re going to fold it in half and bend the edge to make a little cradle.
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Then you put the flower next to it for support, and use floral tape to fasten the two together so it sort of leans on the wire.

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And next you choose some other fun little flowers to spruce the main flower up.  These accents give it a real ‘pop’!  Now I may have gotten a little carried away and put a lot on there, but you can make it as big or small as you need!  This picture shows the back/side.  You will want to pin it with the little guys in the front and the long pink against his jacket.  Clip at the appropriate length and you’re all set!
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Making a Simple Centerpiece

Thanks for Lotus and Lily florals, I got to attend an awesome floral workshop this past weekend! Along with other local vendors, I was invited to their studio for some delish food by Savour the Moment, some delectable sweets from Superfine Bakery, and some creativity.  I had so much fun and it was so easy, that I thought I’d pack on a few tricks so you can get a hand in on some of the fun.

Now I have to say, the hardest part was done for us in advance, and that was choosing the flowers! Jackie from L&L had already pre-selected some flowers for us.
IMG_2078We then got a bundle, and started de-leafing them and cutting them to the right length.  She let us in on the truth about a common myth – you don’t need to cut your flowers under water!  She does recommend cutting at an angle, however.  Remember, you can always cut shorter but you can’t glue the stem back on, so be conservative.  And be sure to clear all the leaves off the submerged stem, otherwise there will be bacteria in the water and they will die more quickly.

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When you have a flower that tends to droop easily like a gerber daisy, we learned a great wiring trick.  Insert the wire into the stem of the flower.  When you see it poke out of the flower on the top, gently pull it back in so it’s flush on top (no wiring should be seen sticking out the center of the flower).  With the other end, wrap it around the stem of the flower!
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One of my favorite tricks when it comes to flower arrangements in clear tape.  Yup.  Told you it was simple.  It was fun to use this technique in the workshop. Take your vase and create a tic-tac-toe grid, then along the rim of the base wrap the tape around once so it stays in place.

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Then from here, you start to randomly place your flowers into the vase!  It make it easier if you start with the bigger ones and use the smaller ones as filler, but you can really let your creative freedom take over and make it your own!

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And then, we got to take them home 🙂

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To Tip or Not to Tip…

This is a question I get asked a lot.  How do you determine who to tip and who not to tip?  I often get asked if the DJ should be tipped, but what it comes down to is that everyone you hire for your wedding is providing you with a “service”.  We know that 95% of the time tip is included for catering and servers, so why is their “service” more important than others? There is make-up, hair, DJ, photographer, planner, videographer and officiant and so on.  That is a lot of people and a lot of extra money if you start tipping everyone!  So how do you decide?

There are a few ways to look at it.  A great place to start is if the vendor works for a bigger company.  Sometimes, if you hire a DJ (for example) for a company that has several DJ’s that they contract and send out on jobs, then it is customary to ask during your initial meeting if a tip is expected for the DJ.  This is because the DJ who works the event is not taking the entire profit, but is being paid a sum for performing on behalf of the company (who receives the other portion).   The company will typically say it is up to you, in which case you can judge them on their performance and handle accordingly.  You can either give them the tip at the end of the night or give it to your planner to hand out.  If their performance was just so-so, then don’t feel you have to tip.  Tipping is for exceptional service and should not feel obligatory if you received sub-par service.

If another vendor (your photographer or planner for example) works for themselves, then you may not feel as comfortable being so forward as to ask if a tip is expected.  In any case, they will likely say no.  They are charging you already for what they feel the cost of their services is and typically will not expect a tip.  The same rule applies, however, for service.  If they go above and beyond and stay longer or take extra pics that aren’t contracted or are helpful beyond your expectations, then it is at your discretion to give them something extra at the end of the night.

It is a fair rule of thumb to use these two guidelines as you thank your vendors at the end of the night.  Same goes for hair and make-up.  If you are in a salon, you will typically tip.  If they come to you and are doing a bunch of girls’ make-up at $100 pp, then you can certainly ask (when contracting) if tip is included (since they get all the profit) or if it is expected on top.  It is far better to have all questions asked up front and feel awkward for a brief moment than to find out after the fact that they were expecting a tip all along and you thought it was taken care of!