by Yuriko Larson, Vintage Origami
This is part 2 of our Okanagan Wedding Decor Stylist Feature with Vintage Origami. Check out Yuriko’s first post here: 5 wedding decor styles of 2019
Why hire a wedding stylist or specifically myself (Yuriko Larson) at Vintage Origami? Here are 5 important considerations when hiring a wedding decorator or event stylist for your wedding.
1) Over the last 9 years I’ve collected a huge warehouse of items and my inventory is vast. Sometimes on the rare occasion someone outside our staff sees our inventory warehouse their jaws drop seeing how much we’ve collected and carefully curated. That huge collection is fully available to my clients. There’s no need for couples to scramble trying to source items or decor for their wedding when we own it and it’s accessible for their wedding. If there’s something that is dreamt up and if we don’t already own it then we will find it or build it in order to make the vision come to life.
2) When I design weddings I’m careful to ensure that the theme is consistent and fluid from beginning to end. The mood boards I create for the couples ensure that the details are always aesthetically coordinated and that the colours, theme and design is cohesive between the stationery artist, florist, baker and myself as the designer and decorator. The mood board acts as a guide for the team representing the personality and taste of the clients. The best form of communication when on the subject of design is with visuals and having a team that has consistent experience working with one another guarantees success.
“Couples don’t want their families or friends being flustered on the day – let alone do the couple want to worry about details when they should be focusing on their most important day. “Yuriko Larson
3) I am the clients eyes and ears to the venue when it comes to layout, positioning and placement of vignettes, lounge areas, dance floor and guest tables in the space. My job is to know how the guests will move throughout the event in that space and to figure out how the traffic will flow most efficiently. I’ll research what direction the sun will set and the best photography angles for the decor and couple. If the clients want videos or photos of the venues I will likely have photos of previous events I’ve designed in that space and I can give first hand feedback on my experience at that location. I want to ensure my couples get the best team possible.
So while I’m being your eyes and ears to the venue I’m also going to make sure you are set up with the best industry professionals. We will give recommendations to our couples on who our favourite vendors are and who we’d recommend based off of their personal style and personalities.
4) The reason I started offering decorating services is because I recognized how busied and frantic families and friends were when couples tried to DIY their weddings. It is never a good sight to see an exhausted mother-of-the-bride at midnight cleaning up candles and collecting decor pieces when they should be happily waving off the newlywed couple after a busy wedding day. Couples don’t want their families or friends being flustered on the day – let alone do the couple want to worry about details when they should be focusing on their most important day. We want all those who are celebrating to be fully focused on being present, and want to ensure the experience is carefree and relaxed for all. At Vintage Origami we celebrate when a couple tells us we made their wedding planning process fun, exciting, and just plain easy.
5) Leading up to the wedding day couples make a lot of decisions. Just not a few, but A LOT. Some grooms would estimate a bazillion. I recognize the complexity to planning all the details for a wedding, so my job as a designer is to whittle down those tough decision so that the process of planning a wedding is not a burden to the couple. At Vintage Origami we don’t have ‘bridezillas’ as clients as we never allow for the couple to get to that point of feeling like they need to be that militant and crazed.
I hope that this article helps newly engaged couples understand the role and responsibilities of an event decorator and stylist. I might be slightly different from other event stylists around the world in the sense that I own all of my own inventory. I design weddings not based on what is popular at the time or that particular season but I design a wedding based off the couples interests, personalities and unique style. I have themes that I love, as mentioned in my 2019 wedding decor styles article, but I also have a very individualized style to my Vintage Origami branding. That is apparent and visible through my Instagram page @vintage.origami.weddings.
Having a professional stylist is so worth it!
I am here to alleviate the usual stress put on a couple designing and planning their event. I want to make their day a show stopper and conversation piece between their attending family and friends who are fortunate enough to be on the guest list. I want to give each of my couples a reason to hug me at the end of the night and thank us for making their wedding day better than they could have imagined. That’s the ultimate trophy for us: having a brilliantly happy couple on their most important day.
Thank you very much, we look forward to planning the decor at your dreamy wedding!