My name is Jeany (with a “Y”) and I am so pleased to be one of the newest team members of Shawna Yamamoto Event Design (SYED). I am fairly new to the industry of Floral and Event Design so Shawna thought it would be a great idea to share my growth, insights, and experience with those that are genuinely interested in joining the Industry. It is an honor to be here and I hope to bring forth some useful information! During my journey, I have been able to gather some key items I must have with me while I setup events. Event setups are when a crew goes out to a venue to create a beautiful space… for a day. One can think of it as an empty room which needs to be decorated with lights, furniture, tables, (and of course) flowers and more. I’m sure you get the point. Each event setup can take anywhere from 3 to 10 hours.
During that time period, it is absolutely critical to get as much done as possible, with a deadline. Time is of the essence and I have found the following items to be handy (dandy) for me:
1. Water: I personally get thirsty from running all over the place. It is so important to hydrate yourself. After all, 50-65% of your body is made up of water.
2. Essential Oxygen’s Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide: This is a great household item primarily for washing your fruits however, I use it for almost everything! This product is my “go-to” to wash my hands if I don’t have access to water, to clean cuts and nicks on my hands from working with flowers, and to spritz it on face when I’m not feeling so fresh.
3. Larabar: It is a quick pick-me-upper at the job site when the going gets tough and I simply don’t have time to sit down for a meal.
4. Casio G Shock: Although your phone is plenty to monitor your time nowadays, I catch myself forgetting to keep my eyes on the clock. When your hands are full and it’s a struggle to reach for your mobile phone, the G shock is my lifesaver. I can set alarms, timers and it also looks great!
5. Scissors: This tool should actually be number one on my list. Scissors are like gold at a jobsite. It is the most commonly used item at an event setup. I have gone through so many pairs of scissors but one remains the strongest, cutest and it’s hard to lose this pair (*knock on wood*)
6. Work Gloves: Gloves just make the job easier especially when you need to carry a load.
7. Good Vibes: A good positive attitude and energy is a must! This is great for you and those around you. Murphy’s law will kick you in the rear at times so tons of good decision-making “on-the-fly” is necessary!
Although flowers are beautiful, the behind-the-scenes work is good old-fashioned hard work. No wonder the women of Floral Events are strong and sexy! Did you know we even get to use power tools? Some of us do wear tool belts as well! Hope my list of essentials gave you a good glimpse into our world. ‘Til next time!
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions at all: firstname.lastname@example.org.