Wendy’s highlights from a recent private event draping workshop –
Lately our private workshops are really exploding in popularity, so I wanted to show some pictures from and talk a bit about a recent workshop. I love our private workshops so much, and probably even more than the group workshops. Not that the group workshops aren’t awesome, but in a private setting I really get to focus and teach in a one on one style. I also love the customization that the private workshops can offer which isn’t always possible in a group environment. Private workshops are awesome! 🙂
Workshop with Olu ~
Olu is a wedding designer from Atlanta who is just starting with her draping business. She not only wanted to learn a lot of draping techniques, but she also wanted to create entire setups which could then be photographed and used for her very own portfolio pictures on her website and social media. Because of these complete setups, she is able to show her potential clients that she is able to do draping as well as linens, tableware and centerpieces.
These additional elements were part of her customized private workshops, so once we had booked the training and the location, we also added some linens, chairs, and fresh flowers to her customized package to really show what she is capable of doing. She brought a large tub of place settings and accent items that completed the look. Here are some pictures from behind the scenes and what we created in just two days of training.
The first thing we typically do is go through my draping design book and talk about which technique we want to start with.
Then I draw out the draping plan for the specific room that we are in. With private workshops we work hard to find a room that will be small enough to complete full setups while still being able to show various techniques in. Once the client learns the techniques that I teach them, those same skills can be used to create elegant designs in any size of room, from small and private to a very large banquet hall or greater. However, since our private workshops are typically going to be 1 or 2 people working on it at a time, we scale the designs in order to make sure the attendees have time to do a full setup.
During the 2 day workshop, most students pick their favorite 2 styles of ceiling draping. Typically, we start with the ceiling setup and are able to finish it prior to the lunch break that same day. I am there helping along the way, but I don’t do it for them. We always work at the attendee’s pace so that they are sure to really learn the skills needed to complete the same type setup on their own when they go back home.
When the client wants to really focus on draping skills, we usually follow the ceiling setup with a backdrop and chuppah. These two items create stunning portfolio pictures and combine a lot of different draping techniques into one setup. They’re really great for learning and showing.
This day we did a black and white with red setup. We used our giant 20″ rose balls and the damask linens. Then we used a column topper and created a greenery accented chandelier with the round chuppah and a chandelier in the center. Since we generally only want to invest the time to create one table setup of each kind at the workshops, I will occasionally photoshop the table into the picture a couple more times so that the attendee is able to show what a room would look like if it were an actual event.
In this setup we designed both a Ceremony and Reception. We actually used her own candle holders that she brought along for the centerpiece of this white with green accent design. It looked really fresh and organic..I loved it!
One of the BIG benefits of attending a private workshop is the ability to work with tens of thousands of dollars worth of product without having to go out and buy all of it before you need it. We provide everything needed for the attendees. However, if you’ve invested in a particular product that you want to showcase and sell in the future, you can bring that along and we’ll incorporate it into the design. (like Olu’s candle holders)
The 2nd day with worked on free standing curtains and a swag design. Then we setup this blush glitz table setting with fresh flowers and added in hanging fresh roses in the chandelier.
She worked so hard and learned a ton! And left with some great pictures for her new business! At the end of the workshop she was already asking about and making plans to set up another personal workshop in the coming months!
Clients who attend personal workshops learn very fast that they are very much worth the investment. The skills, techniques, and portfolio images that attendees take home with them can offer the return on the investment many times over.
I’d love to set up a private workshop with you too! Find out more about our private workshops here.
Olu’s Interview After Her Workshop
Learn more about our private workshops here.