DÉCOR & LIGHTING
I am fortunate once again that my selection for a florist/ decorator was an easy decision! Just like there are millions of photographers and DJ’s out there… there are many floral decorators as well. So…you ask why was it easy?
My suggestion when hiring a florist is to interview the ones that are recommended at your venue first. My florist that I hired was not only a recommended vendor, but I had also worked with them for my wedding as well! I was excited to work with them again to create a magical party for my daughter!
A recommended vendor will know the ins and outs of the space and all of its challenges as well as what works really well! They will have a certificate of insurance on file and a great relationship with all the people that work there.
It is helpful to have a sense of budget and some concept of what you and your child want to see at your party. Some locations do not need as much décor as others. It is helpful to know if you are having a nighttime party or a daytime party. Evening events will be more expensive as you feel the need to “light” the party the right way. As a photographer that covers parties for a living, I can tell you that lighting is EVERYTHING!!! You can have the most magical flower arrangements and really great artwork around the room and / or in your centerpieces, but if you don’t light them up at night they will not be vibrant enough for the room and your photographs. Daytime parties have lots of sunlight and a completely different feel.
Keep in mind with planning your budget that lighting can be as expensive as the decorations! It is well worth it! Our new cameras can capture all the incredible lighting at events today and it makes the party so much fun. I invested in LED lighting around the room for our Mitzvah and it made such a difference with the photography. I had been to many parties without extra lighting and noticed how dark the images were.
The company we hired for our party was Flowers by Diana Gould. I have worked with Diana Gould and her daughter Jen for over 20 years and love them and their work!!! Diana was the designer for my wedding 16 years ago and now Jen was the designer for Emily’s party! Jen was incredible to work with and her concept and lounge ideas were absolutely amazing. We knew we did not want tables for the kids to sit all night and created some funky larger tables with fun kids decorations and some thing more formal and classic for the 10 adult tables we had for sit down.
Flowers by Diana Gould
You may be interested in having centerpieces that coordinate with your child’s party theme or just a beautiful array of flowers and candles in a certain color scheme. You may even want balloons or feathers in your centerpiece design rather than flowers. Take a look at the great collection of Mitzvah centerpieces below for some food for thought. When looking through this gallery, keep lighting in mind as well.
At my studio we utilize decor photographs when designing our albums. Please feel free to click on this link to see what I did for my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah Album (password: emily).
Even the most subtle and small details can be used in your album design. We created pillows for the lounge furniture with Emily’s logo for her party. It added to her room décor and created a keepsake for her after the party.
I will discuss this later on as well as a miscellaneous item in case you do not use the florist for these pillows.
I just designed a piece that shows more of the details that went into the decor of our party. I hope this helps and I strongly suggest working with Flowers by Diana Gould. They made it fun and easy for me.
Take a look a collection of photos from Emily’s Bat Mitzvah décor below and also check out our porfolio of Mitzvah décor suggestions and ideas here.Whatever your theme (or even if you don’t have a theme to your party) you’ll find some ideas perusing through in this gallery!
I utilized my entertainment company to make a GOBO with my daughter’s name and party logo so that it could be projected around the room throughout the party as well as on the dance floor as a design element. This is an extra cost that my entertainment company charged me as an “add on.” I believe the florists and designers can do this for you as well. It is not necessary, but not expensive and a cool design element to have your daughter or son’s name in lights!!!