Take a class: By far the easiest way to learn event design is to see how it’s done from a professional. Depending on your skill set, there are a variety of classes that may interest you: draping, floral design, backdrop designs, and design budgeting, just to name a few. Learning from the experts and being able to perform tasks hands on will help you move more quickly from novice to expert.
Help! Design Assistance Needed
Picture this: you’re a wedding planner and a potential client comes to you looking for design assistance. This has the potential to be a nerve-wracking moment since you don’t want to lose the potential for a job, but you also know that you don’t have the experience required to do the design work yourself. At this point you have only a few options: you can either a) confess this serious lack of knowledge and hope that doesn’t drive the client away, b) makeup stories and then fill in the blanks later and hope the client never notices, or c) let the client know you know someone who can provide these services and then hope you have a friendor who can help in your quoted price bracket.
Like it or not, most clients associate wedding planning with event design and décor. It may be unfair, but it’s a reality that planners have to deal with. Even if it’s not your strong suit, it’s a good idea to have a general sense of what goes into event design, understanding how such work should be priced, and giving yourself a leg up by being able to provide additional services. There a few ways to educate yourself so that you can avoid those awkward conversations with your prospects.
Take an internship: or volunteer to help out an event designer. You get to see an actual design at work and get a feel for what’s needed in practice. While there’s a lot of learning that can be done with this method, there may be a conflict of interest clauses that you have to sign to avoid competing with your instructor. You may also not have the ability to work on all aspects of the designing, so you may want to patch up gaps in knowledge with other forms of learning as well.
YouTube is your friend: yes, there are videos about event designing that you may find extremely useful! Watching will teach you a lot, but like with pictures, it won’t give you a feel for how to handle a live situation. It may be most helpful as an extension to other forms of learning and give you a sense of the variety of styles available.
Once you have the knowledge required, you’ll feel better about each new client call and will no longer have to worry about delivering your service with style and confidence.
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