When it comes to event design, I’m always inspired by the creative and artful approaches that I discover daily in the wedding industry. As we embark on this month long journey to introduce you to some of the Triangle’s most dedicated event professionals, we knew it was only fitting to start with an event stylist.
A good stylist will help you create an experience for your guests from the moment they arrive to the minute they leave. They will make your personal vision a reality through creative design concepts, interesting color palettes, innovative décor, and expert space planning to ensure a truly functional and well thought out affair.
Most of my favorite designers have some sort of Art degree and are color-lovers at heart. They love texture, and contrast — and they certainly don’t shy away from infusing a little bit of fun into all of their designs.
Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to one of my favorite designers, Sandra Clarke of Lilybird Designs!
Type of Work:
Wedding and Event Styling
Years in Business:
Cary, North Carolina
- Tell us why you love weddings.
I love watching how the love between just two people can bring together so many diverse families and friends.
- Why did you get into the wedding industry?
In the Summer of 2017, we began working closely with Lilybird Flowers to style and create stunning floral arrangements. After several months, it became clear just how many couples needed a designer’s help styling their weddings– and Lilybird Design was born!
- What type of services do you offer?
Here at Lilybird Design, we offer two styling packages and offer mirrors and wood signage as rentals:
We will work with you beginning 6 months to 1 year before your big day to understand your vision and develop a plan to make it come to life. We don’t take the place of a wedding planner or day of coordinator who will manage all aspects of your wedding, but we’ll work together with him or her to make your design and creative elements absolute perfection.
- We will focus on creating stunning visual displays at your wedding
- Personally source the best linens, flowers, and details (think: escort cards, table numbers, signage, cake toppers, etc)
- Often we create the details by hand, from custom signs to handmade centerpieces
- Create a cohesive “brand” from wedding colors to theme
- Personally set up and style your venue on your big day
Our design service is available starting at $50/hour, billed on a monthly basis.
“Day Of” Styling
We will be yours exclusively for a morning or afternoon to set up and style your own decor items, for around 4 to 6 hours.
We’ll make our own decor rental items available to you, and we will remove our items at the end of the evening.
“Day of” styling is available starting at $299. Events over 125 guests, removal/take down of your items, set up at extreme heights, or venues greater than 25 miles away are happily accepted with an additional charge.
- Do you have a minimum budget you work with?
I do. Because of the packages we offer, our minimum budget for styling is $500.
- Why do you think a couple should hire a planner?
A wedding is one special day you want to make the most of. Investing in a planner means couples can spend that precious time enjoying their friends and family rather than worrying about the details.