Should I choose a Florist or Event Designer?

If the budget allows you to enhance your big day, the most common question is should I choose a florist or an Event Designer.  Flowers and décor can be one of the highest ticket items for a wedding.   Aside from floral centerpieces, if one wants to truly create a stunning wedding, there are selections such as linens, lighting, chairs, lounge furniture, bellowing fabrics, illumination boxes and etc.   A florist and Event Designer will guide you differently in each instance.  Now let’s check out the differences:


Florist’s can be neighborhood shops that have been part of the community for years. They cater to “foot traffic” and create arrangements that cater more towards the personal flowers. Some florists have taken on the additional business of weddings. However, they can be limited in their resources and inventory. They may tend to be less “hands-on”. They will not be a one stop shop if you want to add linen, lighting, etc. to your event. You will work individually with different vendors and connect the dots so to speak.

Price: Value to Middle

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Event Designers

An Event Designer will create an overall design concept and ensure that the visual details are cohesive with the color story and floral palette. A Creative Director will select products from many resources and are not limited to inventory, color or design. They will spend time with each client in creating a unique wedding day.   It will reflect the couple’s personal style, and brand the event with layering of visual astonishment. A design studio can offer a complete look for your event including linens, furnishing, fabrics, up lighting, covered dance floor, custom products etc.

An Event Designer will have more flexibility on time and service and products will be the highest priority. They will have a trained crew to produce the event as it has been envisioned. Even if the company has partnered up to provide certain elements of the event, it is the Creative Director that will connect all the dots for a stunning wedding.

Price: Middle to High

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As we always tell our newly engaged brides, inform yourself on the limitations of your wedding  team. This will allow you to create a cohesive picture of your big day. The more you are vested with your vendors and they are vested with you, there won’t be any surprises as you walk down the aisle.

All Event Designer Pictures were designed by Abricoe Designs

Photography Credits:  Michael Paul Photographers, Maha Studios, Carasco Photography & Esenam Photography