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What Is an Event Stylist, and Should You Hire One for Your Wedding?

Is this person different from an event planner?

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There are so many potential wedding vendors you can hire for your big day, but which ones you really need? You already know that a caterer, florist, and photographer are must-haves, but there are some who you might not be as sure about. Among them? Event stylists. These pros seem to be popping up all over social media, but what exactly does an event stylist do, and, perhaps more importantly, how is this vendor different than a wedding planner? We discuss all this and more below.

 

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What does an event stylist do?

An event stylist works closely with you to develop a cohesive look and feel for your wedding. Depending on the services they offer, they may work with your wedding planner and design team to ensure your vision comes to life. Some stylists provide everything from flowers to prop rentals, while others will simply oversee these vendors, ensuring all details come together and making final adjustments on the wedding day. Others still may be more focused on overall design throughout the planning process, including personal styling for the couple and their wedding party.

 

Is an event stylist the same as a wedding planner?

In some cases, yes; in other cases, no. Wedding planners who specialize in design often include event styling services as part of their packages. Some wedding planners may offer styling as an additional option depending on the planning services that are necessary for your wedding.

 

Event design is important to us. Should we hire an event stylist?

If event design is a priority for you, you might consider first hiring a wedding planner and getting their recommendations for design and styling. They might offer styling services in-house or they might work with a floral and design team who have a particularly great stylist on-hand. Ultimately, it may come down being a budget oriented decision.

 

Does an event stylist have their own props?

In many cases, yes, but it really depends on the stylist and how they position themselves in the industry. For instance, if they're a full event designing firm, they'll likely own a warehouse full of props and styling tools. Freelance stylists, on the other hand, tend to encourage rentals and will bring in pieces from other companies to complete an event's design.