Did you know that Burlap and Lace offers free consultations? Yes, that's right - we do! And while we are not a wedding planning service, the questions we ask you during your consultation can help lead you down the path to a successful event. For example, we will use our wedding décor checklist to ask you questions about what kind of décor you may need. This checklist will help you determine if you have thought of everything for you event.
So, what are the 5 things you should bring to your consultation? Well, we will walk thru that below.
#1: Color Swatches
Color swatches help us to match your décor pieces to your chosen colors. Did you know there are 260 shades of blue? What?! So simply telling us that your colors are dusty blue doesn't help us. We need to see the exact shade of blue that you are going for.
#2 Décor pieces
We get it - it's costly planning a wedding and the first thing you do once that ring is on your finger is to go search thru Facebook marketplace to see what décor you can buy at a discounted price. That's ok! We pride ourselves on providing low cost décor options for our clients. So, it won't hurt our feelings if you have already purchased some décor pieces. Bring them along and we'll try our best to match what you already have. We can even set up a 'sample' table to help you visualize what your décor will look like at your event - mixing in our décor with yours.
#3 Venue details
Do you know how many clients reach out to me and say "I need 20 white tablecloths"? Ok, great. All I know from that statement is that you need tablecloths and they need to be white. What size do you need? What size tables are you trying to cover? Do you want your tablecloths to touch the ground or only have a 24" drop off the sides of the table? What shape is your tables? All of these questions need to be answered before we can even provide you a quote. So, bring the details of your venue (because, let's be real here - you need to have your venue booked before you even get to the point of choosing décor). This will help ensure we quote you the right size and shape of linens for your event.
#4 Pinterest Boards
So, I lied earlier. Sorry. The first thing you do once that ring in on your finger is to go out to Pinterest to search for the ideas that match your dream wedding. Am I right? Or, if you are like me, you have been saving those ideas in your head (since Pinterest wasn't around when I got married...sorry, dating myself there) since you were old enough to start dreaming about your wedding. So, bring those ideas with you. We love to see the different pins that brides or party planners bring to their consultation. This helps us to get an idea of what theme and 'vibe' you are going for. Then, we can immediately hone in on what décor pieces will match what you are looking for. It also helps us determine what is important to you and what we should make sure we prioritize in your budget.
#5 Your BFF
Let's face it - planning a wedding or large event is hard! There are so many choices to make and it can become overwhelming very, very fast. So, bring along someone who knows you better than you know yourself and who isn't afraid to tell you to steer away from something. While it helps to bring your fiancé (and let's face it, this is their day too so they should be involved), they don't always know when to steer you in a different direction - because part of their job is to make sure you are happy! But, your BFF or your mother or you sister does. They know when you are being frivolous and when you are pursuing something that is very, very important to you. So, bring them along to be a sounding board.
If you are interested in a free copy of our wedding décor checklist, head out to this Facebook Live video and enter 'checklist' in the comments. We will send you a free copy via messenger.
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