I'm Helen, the Event Designer & Stylist at Kipos Kalou for the past 15 years.
As your event stylist, our team and I will work with you to develop a unified visual plan and design for your wedding. In short, we’re in charge of all things that can affect what your wedding will look like and the overall aesthetics. We set the visual tone of the event for you based on what you have envisioned. A true event stylist is the creative director of your story who specializes in design.
Design of the decor, the settings, the mood lighting, floor plans, how the visual palette works with the reception venue, right down to the smallest intricate embellishments. We are the visual detail freaks.
Our styling, design and coordination services are perfect for couples who don’t require complete project management, but still need assistance with designing and executing the overall look and feel of their event.
As your creative visionaries, we’ll work closely with you to ensure your wedding day is imbued with personal elements, meaningful details and an authentic style that feels like “yours”. We take the time to get to know you, your personality quirks and relationship dynamic, allowing us to design a unique, on-point concept that genuinely tells your story.
Along with dreaming up an epic styling concept, we ensure your vision is executed seamlessly on the day itself.
1. Should I hire a stylist?
If event design and having a gorgeous wedding and the photos to show it is a high priority for you then yes! Having a dedicated stylist who’s only job is to make sure your event checks all the right design and decor boxes can also help with event publication if having your wedding published on a major wedding blog or magazine is important to you. All those gorgeous photos you see on Pinterest don’t just happen, it takes months of planning, sourcing and design expertise.
2. What does a stylist do?
Your Wedding Stylist, or designer, is the creative visionary that helps you decide how your wedding is going to look and feel. Think of them as the interior decorator for your wedding. They are responsible for the overall aesthetic for your event including:
Developing a unique theme for your wedding and working with florists, lighting, decorators, furniture suppliers etc
They will build a series of design moodboards for inspiration and then work out how he or she will take that a step further in creating unique elements solely for the couple, creating a whole design plan for how the day, and each individual element, will look. Ultimately a wedding stylist’s goal is for couples to set foot in their venue and be blown away by how the wedding stylist has thoughtfully and creatively brought together every single décor element. They also help with the decisions that will give your event a cohesive, stylish, and sophisticated look.
When it comes to the actual event, the Wedding Stylist will be in charge of set-up, overseeing visual suppliers and styling the ceremony and reception spaces so they look perfect.
3. What is the difference btw a wedding stylist and a wedding planner?
The difference between a Wedding Planner and a Wedding Stylist is often easily confused, so it’s important to be clear on exactly what each role entails when you’re trying to decide on which services to engage for your big day.
A Wedding Planner can also double as a Wedding Stylist if they have expertise in both event development and creative styling. But specifically, a Wedding Planner is a professional who partners with you to ensure all the practical details, logistics and contractual “planning” processes are seamlessly developed and delivered from start to finish, whereas a Wedding Stylist works to assist you to determine what your unforgettable day will look like. Wedding Planners are in charge of bringing together all of the elements that make up a wedding day, from sourcing and liaising with venues, managing the wedding suppliers, overseeing guest list and RSVPs, to creating and managing the wedding budget.
A Wedding Stylist's role is purely aesthetic and doesn't include things like contract negotiations or attending appointments alongside the bride. Furthermore, we like to think the role of a stylist goes far beyond the decor of a venue... it covers all aesthetics. From checking the bridal party are dressed correctly, noticing little things that will be picked up on a camera, moving objects that don't sit nicely in a space, styling stationery and personal items for the photographer, taking a design concept and ensuring it is executed perfectly.
To be more specific, a Wedding Designer or Stylist:
Creates the wedding's design concept.
Provides colour palette guidance.
Oversees the decor budget and vendors (florist, rentals, lighting, stationery).
Sources special props and equipment.
Attends a site visit to visualize where you want everything to go, devise a layout, and identify potential problems.
Creates detailed floor plans.
Ensures all of the decor elements are in place on-site at the wedding.
Sometimes but not often, a wedding planner hires a wedding stylist to ensure a holistic approach to your day. It is a good idea to check with your Wedding Planner to confirm exactly what is in your package to ensure that the styling component has been incorporated into their full-service planning and or coordination package to avoid confusion and disappointment.
4. Why do I need an Event Coordinator?
A wedding coordinator is a gift from the gods on the day of your wedding. They are the woman or man behind the curtain, making sure that your wedding day goes as smoothly as possible so you don’t have to worry about ANYTHING, except being present and in the moment. You typically meet with a wedding coordinator several months or several weeks (depending on the service level you opt to get from them) before your wedding to go over your wedding timeline, guest count, venue details, and more.
A wedding coordinator is logistically focused, but on a shorter timeline than a planner. They usually begin helping you prepare a month before the wedding and function as the point person on the wedding day. They will confirm vendor contracts and create a day-of timeline, as well as make sure things like payments and guest counts are in order, but won't be involved in the earlier planning phases or keeping track of your budget. Part of their job is to coordinate everything involved on the day of the event, from load-in and load-out to ensuring that everyone is on schedule. Coordinators make sure everything you've done up until they take over is in good shape.