I have an event design business in the mid West. I have followed your company for a while now, your designs are amazing and the daily blog posts are so helpful and informative... Thank you for taking the time to do that and helping the newbies... I wondered if you could recommend any places that you like to shop to buy your vases and event decor? There are so many times when I see a picture of something you have sent with a vase, lantern etc and wonder where to get something like that... I would so appreciate any recommendations you could give...
Looking for Help
Dear Looking For Help,
Your question is excellent. You will find my list of resources rather interesting because they include national chains, wholesalers as well as retail brands. I guess you could say, if I find a vase I like, I'll use it.
In terms of vases and containers, this a partial list of where I go to look for containers
Pier One Imports
Crate and Barrel
Western Wicker at the SF Flower Market
Coast Supplies at the SF Flower Market
Fantastico at the SF Flower Market Area
Floral Supply Syndicate Shibata Floral Supplies
Bed Bath & Beyond
Save on Crafts
For this wedding, I used a tapered glass vase from Floral Supply Syndicate. The gold rectangular base was from Western Wicker. The floating candles were from candlesforless.com. The glass cylinders were from Floral Supply Syndicate and Shibata Floral Supply. Ribbon that we use is mostly from FSS or Shibata but we also order Midori ribbon. Votives are from Floral Supply Syndicate.
The spray paint is Brilliant Gold from FSS.
|Photography by Gertrude and Mabel|
For this wedding's popcorn bar, the ribbon is from FSS and Shibata Floral Supplies. Apothecary vases have been from various sources including Pottery Barn, Target, TJ Maxx as well as Michael's. We've been collecting apothecary jars for 4 years now so whenever we find them, we grab them. I believe the frame was purchased by the client at Crate and Barrel. Scoopers were found at a local restaurant supply place.
|Photography by Kevin Chin|
For this wedding's, faux apple and pears were from FSS and Shibata Floral Supplies. Gold vases were from Shibata Floral Supplies. Etched glass were from Bed Bath & Beyond. We took an olive oil bottle to use as a great vessel. For the number stands, we found them in a bin at Michael's. They were very cute but didn't have any "wow" so we dusted them off and sprayed them with Antique Gold Spray paint.
|Photography by Once Studio|
For this wedding in Healdsburg, I used Lemonade bottles from IKEA. And small cylinder glass from Floral Supply Syndicate.
|Photography by BLR|
For this Sonoma wedding, the chalkboard escort cards were from Coast Floral Supplies at the SF Flower Market. The wheatgrass was courtesy of L&K Wholesaler at the SF Flower Market.
|Photography by Michelle Walker|
For this party at my house, I used white vases from Ikea. The faux apple and pears were from Shibata Floral Supplies and Floral Supply Syndicate(FSS).
The spray paint is Glossy Black from FSS.
|Photography by Kevin Chin. Rentals by Classic Party Rentals|