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Event Coordinator vs. Events decorator
First of all – the question is: what is the difference between an events coordinator and an events decorator? It is very easy to become an events coordinator in today’s society. Every second person that organized their nieces wedding thinks they can be an events coordinator or an events decorator. You need a telephone, pc and website and there you go…you are in business. Wrong!
I think it is of utmost importance that if you want to get into this industry you need to equip yourself as much as possible. Yes, an events coordinator is mostly working with the client, sitting at the computer and organizing the function, where the decorator will get mood boards together, deciding on what décor to use, hiring the décor and then set up the dream event for the client.
Just think about the following: you decide you do not want to do draping for functions, you get a client that wants their whole wedding venue draped. You start phoning around to get a draping specialist to do the draping. If you’ve got no knowledge of draping – how are you going to know if they are doing the right job, using the right material etc. How can you then make sure that your client gets what they are paying for?
The same with flowers, living décor etc. If you don’t know what the new trends is, what type of décor you can get – how can you be the best events coordinator in town?
Common pitfalls in draping and decorating
1.         Not planning for the unexpected
Not making contingency plans is related to the pitfall of making assumptions. When you don't have a contingency plan, you're assuming every aspect of the décor of an event will run smoothly. This is never the case. Something will go wrong and you need to be prepared for it.
The best-case scenario is that you've made a contingency plan and implemented it in such a way that your client never notices the difference. In order to make contingency plans, you need to think of every possible scenario: from the florist being a no-show to a thunderstorm on the day of your outdoor reception.
When you have a back-up plan, you'll never be at a loss when the unthinkable happens. I always say – you need to have a plan A, plan B, plan C, right down to plan Z, and then go to plan AA and so you go on. You are never without a plan!
2.         Listen closely to your client's vision and do your best to make their dream - not yours - a reality.
3.         Using inexperienced suppliers
While it's true that everyone has to start somewhere, your suppliers should have proven track records and so do you! If you decide to venture into the draping and décor business: the best is to start doing welfare functions, birthdays and weddings free of charge or at cost. In this way you build up an excellent portfolio.
At one of our very high profile functions – the client hired a drapist. What they did not know is that this was her first draping job. She went and bought her material and she was ready to drape. Needless to say – she did not even have enough draping material to finish the job and we where 200 km from the nearest shop. We managed to save the day and hire in one of our preferred suppliers! Remember – YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!
These are just a few of the reasons that we’ve decided to combine both the theory and practical course in ONE course. You get the best of both sides of the events industry if you study with us!
Our Draping Courses:
Draping Foundation
Our exceptional course includes features like safety training, suppliers guide, fabric samples in addition to the step-by-step instruction guide of event and wedding draping. This is a practical orientated course specifically designed for individuals that would like to start draping at small weddings, helping friends or maybe start a small business. It will equip you to be able to do all the basics needed at a wedding. During Draping Foundation, students w ill learn about the various aspects of event and wedding draping, maintenance and cleaning of equipment and fabric, basic creative concepts, safety with regard to the handling of tools, consultation with the client etc.
Draping Advance
Room and Roof draping: All over venues is fully booked for wedding and year end functions. When you or your client needs to book you don’t always have a choice in the décor of the venue. Draping the venue adds glamour and elegance, but that’s not all. A good draping design will positively transform the atmosphere of your site and enhance your theme.
Marquee draping: A marquee can be the most magical setting for a wedding reception but their linings can often look a bit plain. Draping can be a great addition to any marquee. Learn about the art of marquee draping. You can create looks ranging from the classic elegance of ivory to a coloured theme to create a unique individual event. 
Arch and Gazebo: Most brides prefer to get married in the summer - in a beautiful garden, on a wine farm or on the beach. There is nothing more beautiful at an outdoor wedding than a wedding arch that has been decorated to match the overall feel of the wedding.