Hiring the right wedding stylist is key to achieving your #weddingstylegoals. Here are a few tips to get you on the right track.
Stylists, just like all professionals, have different aesthetics, specialities and skills. It’s important to find a stylist who shares your vision, knows how to make it happen and can work within your budget.
Have a realistic understanding of your vision and a budget that complements that vision.
It’s no good going to a stylist and asking for a lavish, extravagant wedding for 1200 people if you’ve only got the budget for a backyard affair. As creative and clever as they are, there are limits to what wedding stylists can do. Be realistic about your budget. Understand that there are some styles and types of decoration that are simply more expensive than others. Remember, as with all wedding suppliers, it’s customary to pay a deposit.
Engage a stylist who you connect with and who understands your vision and style.
In your quest to find the perfect wedding stylist, you can start by finding stylists whose work you like and who share a similar aesthetic to you. Check out their work on wedding blogs and by looking at their website. This will help you to get a good idea about what they do well, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, remember that you’ll need to meet with potential stylists to judge how well you connect with them.
Communicate what you love.
An inspiration board or Pinterest boards are super helpful for stylists. They help you to communicate what you do and don’t like. Don’t pin just wedding images, pin everything that speaks to you. These images will tell a story about who you are and what’s important to you. While a great stylist will very rarely take ideas directly from your boards, they can be helpful to give your stylist a feel for your style.
Once you’ve found the right stylist – let go!
You’ve taken the time to find a stylist who is the perfect fit, now it’s time to let them do what they’re best at. Let go. Your day is in safe hands. They’ll stay in touch and will ask if they have any questions or if they need to clarify anything. But for the most part, it’s important to be able to step back and let them do their job.
Start with a blank canvas.
Hold off on making some of your decisions until you’ve met with your stylist, especially if they are decisions that will impact the stylist and their ability to deliver your vision. In particular, the venue will often dictate the design. It’s best to start with a blank canvas so that they can help you nut out the pros and cons of each space.
Remember: Investing in a stylist allows you to create a perfectly personalised backdrop for the most important day of your life, so it’s imperative that you choose someone who can not only understand what you want, but can make it happen within your budget. A great stylist will not only give you what you want, they’ll also come up with completely new ideas that you hadn’t even considered, but which will perfectly fit with your story and individual style.
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