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Destination Events: Honduras Wedding

Destination Events

 

Did you know Mayesh can provide flowers for events all over the world with our Destination Events program? It’s true, and we do everything we can to ensure you receive the highest quality products for your weddings and events outside of the US.

We recently received photos from Alexandra Lockmer Events in Honduras, who works with Ky at our LAX Shipping branch. Alexandra’s designs are always clean and elegant, and she was so impressed with the durability of the beautiful, white product she received for this stunning event!

 

 

“The flowers were just perfect and survived the process because of the excellent quality you deliver.”

 

 

If you have any future events outside of the US, be sure to ask your rep about our Destination Events program so you can provide the same level of quality & services to your brides as you do locally! Also, feel free to download The Mayesh Experience to learn about all of the other services we offer professional florists!

 

 


 

 

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

Mayesh Destination Events Alexandra Lockmer Honduras Wedding

 


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Mayesh Floral Forum: Destination Weddings

 

Destination weddings can be totally intimidating. As if designing and installing a full wedding in the comfort of your own studio and city weren’t stressful enough, doing everything in a new place adds another whole slew of things to think about! Where are you going to work? Where are you going to get your flowers? The list goes on, but if you get it down to a science, destination weddings can help bring your business to another level, and hello, more exciting travel experiences for you!

To help get you started, we asked our Floral Forum when they started including destination wedding services and what things to take into consideration. Read on for some helpful advice:

 

 

Floral ForumRachael Lunghi

 

I’ve been including destination wedding services from the very beginning which I think has been VERY helpful 🙂 Lotsa hard lessons there!

Things to take into consideration when offering this service include: travel, accommodations, freelancers, shipping flowers, local flowers available, buckets, vessels, etc.

You have to consider all the things you’ll need to pull off a wedding in another city or state. It’s a good idea to reach out to local florists and see if they’re available to help, borrow buckets from, borrow oasis from, etc. It requires a GOOD amount of planning ahead and logistics. Especially if you’re flying! 

I typically rent an Airbnb and look for a garage or outdoor space. And I ALWAYS ask the ‘bnb host about air conditioning 🙂 That’s pretty key! 

 

Rachael flowering on-the-go! This & top photo: @sirenfloralco

 

I love doing destination weddings though. There’s so much local goodness you can pull from and be inspired from and you get to meet and work with new florists!

 

Floral Forum

Jodi Duncan

 

I started doing destination events many years ago.  The demand was very grass roots. My local clients had daughters that moved away and got married far from home.  Since I already had relationships with them, it was convenient and comforting to them that they knew I could be trusted.

I’ve done weddings from coast to coast.  I’ve never tried to grow or promote this segment of my business, it just happens naturally.

 

Things to consider:

  •  Your relationship with local wholesalers.  Reach out to them, find out what they have. Whatever you have shipped in might need supplemented.  Sometimes they will be willing to receive freight in the form of hardgoods & props especially if you are giving them a nice order.
  • A dedicated “backstage” place to process and design.  Without a doubt, do the designing out of the sight of the client. A glimpse behind the scenes make some people nervous. And some things should remain a secret.  Most restaurants don’t let customers in the kitchen, so keep the magic backstage. Depending on the venue, there may be space to design on site, just make sure you respect the facility and understand the constraints of the space.  The more of the process you can keep hidden behind the scenes, the more professional you will look.
  • Logistics is a huge skill set; just because you are a good designer does not mean you have a grasp on what it takes to execute an event far from home. You’ll need buckets, water, a way to protect the floor, refrigeration, trash cans, a way to dispose of the huge amount of trash, and the list goes on….and that’s before you design the first bouquet!
  • Extra hands to help design. Of course you have made recipes and prototypes and know how long its going to take to put this event together. Now make sure you have plenty of skilled stable hands to make it happen. You might bring your posse with you, or fly folks in, or find out who is local and skilled. You can even check AIFD’s website. Don’t forget to feed and house your designers.  Take good care of them. Don’t feed them junk food and processed garbage. Don’t expect them to work 18-20 hour days.
  • AirBnB or VBRO might be a good option for design, as well as accommodations. Many times its better than a hotel…it just depends. When it comes accommodations, I try not to stay close to the client. They don’t need to know when you go to bed and get up!
  • You can always stay over and play a bit after all your hard work if you are fortunate enough to be designing somewhere fabulous.
  • If you feel you are in over your head, do not be afraid to hire outside freelance & management help. Destination designing requires much more than good design skills. A practical grasp of logistics is essential to success. If you don’t have that skill set, there are companies that do, such as Schaffer Designs. Bill Schaffer, AIFD & Kristine Kratt, AIFD are brilliant designers who also understand the practical side. Their success doing destination events for clients from coast to coast and internationally speaks to the fact that they are more than talented floral designers.

 

 

Floral Forum

Jerome Raska

 

About 5 years ago, when there was all the rumble about destination wedding we took a look at what was happening. I believe this is very regional , however certain things are universal. 

Much like many aspects of our business, it is mind over matter. 

After reviewing and discussing, we came to realize we do destination weddings, however, kind of in reverse! Many of our young people get degrees and relocate for employment, and when it is time to plan the big day, often they want to come home to family and friends, however, having been gone, it is like planning a destination wedding. We offer and full service coordination and decor. This has provided us a whole new avenue of clients without ever having to leave home…. Sometimes it is just about rethinking who you are and what you can really do!

We will travel, and have if needed for a client. The entire event is the same just in a different setting. Many local wholesale providers will work with you as well as most venues are accommodating, it is really about good communication and not assuming!

 


 

And while we’re on the subject, if you weren’t already aware, many of our Mayesh branches offer Destination Event services as well that you can utilize to rent out design space! Connect with your sales rep to learn more, and if you don’t already have a Mayesh rep, get started here.

Mayesh Destination Events: Grand Rapids to Orange County

If you happen to be traveling away from your design space and you are going to an area where Mayesh has a location – California, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, or Florida – you don’t need to worry.  With our Mayesh Destination Events program, you can use our coolers, space, etc. to design the flowers for your event.  For more detailed and involved events – we can even provide vehicles, people, and more.

Recently, we hosted Jennifer Ederer of Modern Day Floral & Events from Grand Rapids, Michigan at our Orange County, California wholesale flower branch.

“Jennifer has a client doing more and more business in California. It’s nice to offer a place to work .. no stress, no worries. Jennifer will always have a home away from home here at Mayesh Orange County.” – Jill Dahlson

 

CSES2013: The Destination Wedding Hot List

Is it me or are we hearing more and more about destination weddings?  At the 2013 Catersource & Event Solutions show, I attended “The Destination Wedding Hot List” session to see what information Kevin Covey, Owner, Kevin’s Parties, Co-Owner Destination Wedding Gurus; Laurie Davies, Owner, Five Star Weddings & Events, Co-Owner Destination Wedding Gurus; and Natalie Vishny, Owner, Swellegant, Co-Owner Destination Wedding Gurus had to share on this trending topic.

 

 

P.S. don’t forget that we offer Mayesh Destination Events so that you can have beautiful Mayesh wholesale flowers pretty much anywhere in the world you may have a wedding or event!  Pretty cool!

Here are some highlights from this great session:

  • Top locations for destination weddings are Las Vegas, Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Bahamas, Mexico, and Florida.

 

  • Common misconceptions:
    • Destination events are uncommon – actually, you are probably planning destination weddings more than you think.
    • You mind set had to be different and your clients are paying for your expertise.
    • Do you research to find local vendors to save money because this route is much cheaper than flying in a vendor.
    • Destination clients spend more money per guest but you typically get more bang for your buck.
  • Capture the market – make your location wish list and become an expert in those areas.  Don’t limit yourself.
  • Creating a luxury destination wedding ….
    • Offering services like babysitting and shuttle service
    • No cookie cutter formality – couples are looking for adventure and spend time with their guests like cooking classes or salsa dancing.

 

 

    • Say goodbye to banquet and hello to action stations.
      • strolling carts throughout the event with guacologists and mixologists.
    • Serve signature and retro cocktails inspired by Great Gatsby and Mad Men.  And don’t rule out unique soda pops.
    • Pre-ceremony cocktail are quite popular.
    • Use interesting and elegant furniture to set the scene.
  • Time to accept your applause:
    • Blog about your hits – blogging is a great way to create great content, attract new customers, and to post on your social media outlets.
    • Create a promotional video – 1 video is worth 1.8 million words; people share videos and recall value to much higher than just words
    • Your website should be current and show your best work

 

 

      • Be sure where your business is located and what other areas and/or destination cities you service are clearly listed.  This is a pet peeve for me.  I often visit websites and cannot easily tell where the business is at.
    • Don’t be afraid to ask for reviews and referrals.  Let your clients speak about your best work for you.

 

Are you already involved in destination weddings?  What are your tips and/or ideas?

AIFD Southern Chapter Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico

We were able to work with Miguel Figueroa and Deborah De La Flor on sending our Mayesh blooms to the recent AIFD Southern Chapter Conference in Puerto Rico.  Deb was kind to send some pictures and I wanted to share them with you.  Enjoy!

Also, keep in mind that if you do have a destination event or wedding, Mayesh Wholesale Florist has all products and facilities to ship to places such as Puerto Rico!

 

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